Like Tom mentioned, Evolve is 2K’s IP. TRS is just contracted to develop it.
The history of Evolve is that originally it was under the name Metamorphosis. TRS at the time tried to get interest in the game but at the end only THQ wanted it and got the publishing rights. It’s a risky game to make so its understandable why it was a hard sell.
When THQ went bankup TRS tried to buy it from them, but 2K out bid them by $10 million dollars. 2k now owns the rights to the franchise and publishing.
The cool thing is though its been mentioned a few times that TRS had more creative freedom under 2K then with THQ. Especially when it came to the designs and stuff.
On the pricing and business model of the game well, I don’t think it would be that dramatic of a change if another publisher were to have taken the game. But it could’ve been better if people involved with PR and the business model weren’t as bad as the game currently is.
I think simply holding back the DLC announcement back farther by say a few months would’ve helped, making an actual Season Pass. Like “Season pass has both tier 4 and tier 5 hunters and monsters”, called the hunting pass just Hunting Season 1 and 2 or anything really. Including more free cosmetics with the standard game to unlock would’ve been nice too.
Valve would’ve bloated the game with cosmetics or whatever is wrong with CSGO right now.
Activision would’ve oversaturate the game with supply drops and microtransactions. Not to mention anal releases.
EA, the game might be relatively the same because EA had given Respawn quite the creative freedom. But it will probably suck at the end because EA is toxic.
Ubisoft would’ve butchered the game rushing it into the market and then get another studio. People would hate it because of their DRM policies. Years later Ubisoft would have a change of heart and instead of anual releases they’d go biennial and go the same route they did with RS6 and made all the tiers free with the standard game.
Nintendo lol… Can it and Ubisoft even by a US property game? I know it doesn’t work with Japanese IPs.
MS or Sony would’ve used the game as a calling card for their consoles and made them exclusive, they wouldn’t have lasting interest probably due to them already a heap of money making internal studios.
SE, not sure. But I guess the game would’ve been more bland?
In the end the results would’ve been similar, but the outcome might have diferences here and there. Because Evolve’s only problem isn’t the publishers its also the core concept of the game, its just so hard to keep people in it.
But one thing I do applaud TRS and 2K for doing is for daring to be different in a sea of generic shooters, and for taking the risk with a asymmetrical game-play.