I booted up Evolve again after not playing it for a while and noticed that the Behemoth and some updates were available. I updated the game then noticed that the Behemoth is already available for me (I pre-ordered, I thought I’d have to download it from the PSN or something).
I decided to have a go with the Behemoth. Excitedly I search for a game with the monster as my preferred option. Clearly Evolve won’t let me play as Behemoth, it puts me in a game as a Stage 1 Kraken getting riddled with bullets. Shortly after the game ends (I clearly lose) and I can finally play as the Behemoth. I select it choose my abilities and choose the speed bonus since I head this monster is slow.
And it bloody is slow. Even with the boost.
I started sneaking as I always do, sneak killing stuff, eating. I get to Stage 2; great. Keep going, finally Stage 3. Suddenly I notice a timer on the top left… 1 minute 20 seconds. I wasn’t playing that long was I? I usually get Stage 3 quite quickly. I was close to the power relay so I just go there and start breaking it. Suddenly the hunters are firing at me… The timer does not stop. Before, I’m pretty sure it stopped whenever you got into a fight with the opponents. The sheer size and slowness of the Behemoth makes it impossible to kill the hunters and I lose again. It’s fine, my first go, I think nothing of it.
I leave for about 10 minutes then come back. Search for another game. I select Behemoth (this must have been a bug) and a Behemoth is shown but the monster name above my PSNID says Goliath. The game starts, I’m a bare bones Goliath; random attacks and (probably) no boost. Oh well. I start sneaking around and eating. I get to Stage 2 with ease. I have a couple of scraps with the hunters, but get away after knocking the trapper down. Then suddenly the timer appears again; this time with more minutes (I can’t remember exact amount, I think it was 4 minutes?). I’m surprised since it didn’t feel like I was playing that long. I roam around looking for food, but I find nothing. Nothing at all. I use my spidey-sense but I can’t see no outlines. The clock is ticking and I see nothing. Finally I spot some shapes in the distance I run there, kill the animal start eating. Suddenly hunters. Clearly I die at Stage 2 and decide I had enough.
I don’t remember the time limit being that strict or being in a situation with no wildlife or at least corpses. Have the patches “balanced” the time limit or reduce the amount of wildlife or some crap? It was a skirmish so there was no “auto-balance” foul play, but I did find it odd.
TL;DR: I used to be able to sneak with any monster for the whole game and get to stage 3 easily without the timer appearing. Now it appears when I get about half way through Stage 2. Was there a patch that changed this?