When can we expect 2K to stop supporting online mode?


#1

Just like 2K has shutdown NBA 2K14 after (only) 16 months. How long can we expect 2K to keep supporting multiplayer mode for Evolve?

edit: updated info


#2

@MacMan Please tell me you’ll just let Evolve live on forever. :smiley:


#3

Sports games outdate very quickly as they release a new one with each new season so it’s not really a comparison worth making in my opinion :smile:


#4

Sports games typically only have a one year life-cycle as a nature of the beast. An employee at a gamestop once told me that the sports games live for about a year and then are worth NOTHING… they don’t even trade-in well. So it doesn’t surprise me that they would stop supporting multiplayer if there’s no player base for it.

There is still multiplayer on L4D AND L4D2… So I suspect that we’ll see evolve going for a while, so long as there’s enough players to keep it going.


#5

Evolve doesn’t even run on dedicated servers so this BS should run forever


#6

Nothing but doom and gloom on this forum anymore. Think I’m going to log off and never come back.


#7

Cheer up with: Peaceful Endings?


#8

As somebody who plays FIFA, I never touch the previous game after a new one comes out as it’s just simply outdated and nobody plays in online, so unless an ‘evolve 2’ comes out, which I can’t see in any near future, as there is no need, I doubt that the online servers will be closed :smiles:


#9

Apologies wasn’t meant to be a reply to your post


#10

Once money will stop getting in 2k pocket they will make Evolve a F2P with microtransactions. The niche will get smaller, and the game will extinguish itself… Give it 18 months.

That said if the community grows a bit it could last for a few years… But watch out for pay2win cos it could get inside no matter what TRS tries to keep it away.


#11

Evolve is already $40 at gamestop and in another month it’ll be closer to $20.

New players will cycle into the game, but most of them probably won’t stay long because the pro players will make it so miserable for them xD


#12

Most 2k games drop to $39.99. I wouldn’t read too much into it.


#13

I have a forum topic where you can buy the game+behemoth for $38… It’s already there, just not on steam.


#14

Companies don’t really lose money by sustaining online servers; the costs are trivial compared to making changes to it. Game development costs are almost entirely front-loaded – the reason they’re shutting down NBA 2K14 is so that people buy NBA 2K15. That’s just how the genre of sports games go: a new game every year.

I don’t see TRS re-releasing Evolve every year (you never know, evolution and all), but you could argue DLC does that gradually and consequently 2K would keep the servers up until the DLC stops.


#15

Well aren’t you just a ray of sunshine.


#16

Eh, he’s realistic. I bought my copy on eBay for $20 and gotten about all of the entertainment out of it in less than a week. There’s not much left to do besides fuck around. Every single game is a boring shut-out decided in less than 5 minutes or so.

A forfeit option might help get rid of the “oh geez we already lost might as well make a sandwich for 10 minutes” problem.


#17

You’ve never “already lost” though. I’ve eliminated S3 full armor/health monsters in the past, and I’ve won games after getting caught do to a careless S1 mistake.


#18

Against competent players, you can tell within 5 minutes or so how the whole match will play out. If the monster totally evades the Hunters until he hits Stage 2, it’s pretty much over unless you land a dome on him while he’s evolving.

The reason you can reliably predict the outcome isn’t simply because “getting to stage 2 without an encounter” means you win, it means the Monster is a better player than the Hunters. Clearly a much better player - he’s going to kick ass.

There ARE close games and comebacks, but they are by far the exception, rather than the rule. I’ve played about 100 games total, and I can say only 2 of them were even REMOTELY close.


#19

Hm. Maybe I just play against a lot of competent players? Who knows.

I for one am more than competent when playing, knowing full well all of the characters arsenals and knowing how to use them effectively. I guess I just find a lot of people who are the same.


#20

Well, I wish I could have your experience. I can confidently say that less than 2% of my games are even remotely close. Nearly every single game is a complete blow out - whether winning or lose.