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Evolve closed 'Big Alpha' kicks off Halloween weekend

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Turtle Rock Studios will hold its "Big Alpha" for 4-vs-1 multiplayer shooter Evolve Halloween weekend, the developer announced today.

The alpha will first be available on Oct. 30 to Xbox One users. "Limited access" for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC owners begins Oct. 31. Each version of the alpha will run until Nov. 2. Those interested in participating can register for priority access on Evolve's site; anyone who pre-ordered the game is guaranteed access to the alpha on their specific platform.

Evolve was initially planned for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC Oct. 21. The game has since been delayed to February 10, 2015. According to Turtle Rock co-founder and design director Chris Ashton, the developer still has "a lot of work ahead of us in the coming months."

"We need to stress test the servers and the matchmaking system, look at balance, unlock rates, etc," Ashton said in today's announcement. "The alpha test is not fully representative of the final product, but it's our chance to see what the game looks like in the real world, and we will test again in the open beta for Evolve exclusively for Xbox One in January 2015. The data gathered in the tests will help make Evolve the best that it can possibly be when it launches."