It’s finally here! This is our final, greatest attempt to halt the decline of the game.
I’m organising the formation of a new “dev studio”, comprised of Evolve community members. The objective: to offer our services to 2K to maintain and update Evolve, free of charge, until the point where 2K decides that the game has returned to financial viability. We’ll be doing it part time, concurrent with our other lives, and working pro bono until 2K decides it’s good enough – or bad enough.
This is the plan:
- We tell 2K we want to continue developing Evolve. 2K doesn’t have to pay us anything.
- If they agree, we learn to tweak Evolve, and slowly gear up for pushing updates.
- We start with balance updates, and move on to UI (like more end of round stats), and minor art upgrades, like 'shopping character portraits to show skins in character select.
- We attempt to rebalance the keys (and daily giveaways) system to make Gold Keys financially viable.
- As our skills develop, we’ll advance to harder goals, like skill refactors and new skins. The Holy Grail is new adaptations, then new characters. Once we can achieve that, we’ll encourage 2K to start spending a little on promoting the game.
- We attempt to boost sales by pumping content. (And not giving it away with daily rewards.)
Of course, all this can only happen if enough people – and enough skilled people – offer their help. Go forth and show the greatest love for Evolve!
##Sign-up link here --> Survey: Evolve Stage 2: Community continuation of development
Besides the people who will actually work on the game, you can also contribute by covering any expenses that we might have. The amount is totally up to you, and we will only ask for it if we need it. (We solemnly promise not to call upon donations until the need is desperate, and will never frivolously use your funds.) Alternatively, you can also join the feedback group. When we have any big decisions we need to make, or we are badly split on a decision, we’ll call upon you guys to help decide. You’ll need to keep an eye on the forums: we’ll let the choice stew for 24 hours, and then start evaluating the responses.
All three contribution types are in the same survey.
The intro text on the form:
On October 25, Turtle Rock Studios announced that they are no longer able to continue the development of Evolve, as their contract was terminated by publisher 2K, and 2K owns the IP for the Evolve franchise. As fans, we are sad to see TRS go, and leave the game in an obviously unfinished state.
We can guess why 2K did this. The expenses are great, as they have to support the salaries and expenses of TRS personnel working on Evolve. On the other hand, Gold Key sales are likely to seem lackluster, due to only selling in the United States, only for PC players, when console has historically been larger, and because the sharp initial spike of old players buying keys causes the appearance of a downward trend.
2K claims development is complete. Of course, anyone who has played the game can call this out as untrue. Simply put, 2K does not intend on continuing development in the forseeable future. Although the servers will remain up, with an incomplete product and no hope of updates, the playerbase is already dwindling at an accelerated rate. At this rate, the game we love will quickly dwindle and die.
This is our solution. We, the community members who love Evolve, will band together to form a new development studio and take over the development of Evolve Stage 2. Until the point where 2K regains confidence in the financial viability of Evolve, we will work free-of-charge, requiring no salaries from 2K. Our work is offered to 2K for publishing under their name. We seek nothing but to maintain Evolve’s playerbase with updates to the game.
This is a survey intended to collect information suggesting the feasibility, or lack thereof, of the proposed project, and the expected participation numbers and capabilities.
Tagging begins (anyone that indicated interest in the previous thread):
@Ryke676 @The_Specialist @XplosionIncorporated @sarawin127 @sidewinder @Manuel_Martin @Alex_Versnel @that_aint_working @jynx680 @Magnus_Medic