Our Final Message To Our Evolve Community

Seems like the greater things you aspire to, the more time it takes. We had huge aspirations for Evolve, and while we got to spend five and a half awesome years on planet Shear with a ragtag group of Planet Tamers and fearsome Monsters, it still doesn’t feel like enough - we were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios can work on Evolve.

It’s always hard to leave one of our games behind. Left4Dead was no different and now it’s Evolve’s turn. There will always be a special place in our hearts for our past projects. No matter what happens with Evolve in the future, we’ll know it was born in this studio and developed by this team alongside this beautiful community.

This is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and don’t own their own IP. We don’t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative. We created a brand new Sci-Fi world. We got to go to planet Shear and interact with alien flora and fauna. We got to hunt down, trap and kill giant monsters together. We got to BE the monster. What an awesome experience.

The last five and a half years represents so much. We are so proud of Evolve, the Turtle Rock team and the Evolve community. Getting on the forums, Reddit, Facebook and Twitch and talking directly to you has been a highlight of many of our careers. On no other project have we ever been able to interact so directly. The Evolve community is the best we could have hoped for and we hope you come with us and become a part of the Turtle Rock community.

We want to thank all the people at THQ who initially believed in us when we were that tiny studio in a little converted warehouse with a dream of making something truly different. Thanks to 2K for picking up the mantle out of THQ’s bankruptcy and making Evolve one of the most anticipated games of 2015. Additional big thanks to 2K for reaching outside their comfort zone and funding Evolve: Stage 2 by taking a AAA game free to play, which was a first for all of us.

Most of all, we want to thank you, our players, for supporting Evolve and Evolve: Stage 2, many of you from the very beginning. You embraced our vision and fell in love with it just as we did. We have learned so much from you. Thank you all for your feedback, your support and your dedication.

We love this community and don’t want to say goodbye via a letter on a website, so we’ll be hosting one final Evolve-themed Livestream on Thursday, October 27 at twitch.tv/evolvegame starting at 12 PM Pacific Time. We’ll be there talking about our experience on the project and answering as many of your questions as we can.

There’s a lot that we really wish we could have done, especially taking Stage 2 to consoles, but it looks like that’s just not meant to be.

Those of you who’ve followed Turtle Rock Studios, this is not goodbye. We have lots of stuff in the works that we hope you’ll enjoy but we are departing on the Laurie-Anne for the last time and must bid a farewell to the planet Shear.
We’ll see you all again, another time on another world….

So long, Shear. It’s been an adventure.

Phil & Chris


So this means they aren’t working on evolve anymore ?


Aw, man. My chest hurts.


My heart…literally just broke. Thank you for all you’ve done TRS. Evolve one of my top three games EVER, and I am heartbroken to hear this. I can’t adiquately describe how grateful I am for your work or how sad I am to hear that Evolve won’t be worked on. Thank you for everything TRS.


I feel the same way I felt when my first girlfriend broke up with me, no joke.


I told you guys today is april fools day… isn’t it, guys?
Bob is sad
Please tell me this is a prank…


Not too surprised, many mistakes were made that would have made it hard for any game to recover- let alone one that fills such a niche market.
I did enjoy Evolve however, and I am glad for the times it has provided.

I only ask that you update us asap on when the game will be going offline; and that you consider just unlocking all content for everyone regardless of everything before you go. May as well go on a high note; nothing to lose at this point.





Wait wait, so the game is still alive/being worked on, but it’s being handed to a different development agency?


Thanks for the ride guys, this game will always hold a special place in my heart like only a few have over the years I’ve been playing games. You’ve done an amazing job, collectively, not only in making the game but really fostering an awesome community and being just about the best game devs for engaging with fans that I’ve seen.

Best of luck with these exciting future projects, I’ll be trying to tag along as much as I can in support. But for now, going to feel a bit sad for a while.


Best of journeys Chris, it was a pleasure to have met everyone that I could when I got invited to TRS. If you ever need anything, just let me know :slight_smile: Personally I feel Evolve was just too good for the world.


That’ll all be up to 2K from here on out, the same as anything Left4Dead related is in Valve’s hands.


No, Evolve’s development period is over, and eventually the game servers will be shut down.


Mother fucker.


Preach Cow, preach!


And with that, a story has ended, but at least one that has touched many gamers with a game so amazing, so rarely found, it will always be remembered.

It’s sad to hear, but at the same time, new beginnings await right around the corner so I cannot wait what the horizons may bring for TurtleRock Studios.

Thanks TRS for everything you have done. I know, I feel you have given it your all. And with that motivation, I know the best is yet to come.


It may still come to consoles… we just don’t have the answer to that as we never have.

It all depends on what 2k decides to do with it.


I am so sorry that things are coming to an end. Evolve has been the greatest experience in gaming I’ve ever had. I’ve developed a significant respect for all of you who work so hard at Turtle Rock. Whatever is next, I know that you will have the skill to make it amazing. And no matter what comes next, I’ll be here to back you up!

Thanks for everything. I love you all. Here is to an unknown future.