Upcoming multiplayer game Evolve is set to receive a slew of downloadable content, but players will still be able to play competitively even without making any purchases, Turtle Rock Studios co-founder Phil Robb said via the developer's forums.
Robb's post is a response to complaints lobbied at the developer following recent DLC announcements; earlier this week, the developer revealed content ranging from new playable monsters to additional hunters. The DLC is scattered throughout the game's season pass and other pre-order incentives.
Players who pre-purchase the game or the Digital Deluxe Edition (available for $79.99), for example, get free access to the Monster Expansion Pack. The Evolve PC Monster Race Edition, available for $99.99, includes the Hunting Season Pass, a new monster, two additional hunters, four monster skins and more. Individual hunters go for $7.49 each. The Behemoth monster is available alone for $14.99.
Writing on the forums, Robb said the developer's first rule is to "never split the community."
"We worked it out so that any DLC maps are free, any new game modes are free," Robb wrote. "Then, recognizing that not everyone wants to buy DLC, we made sure that even if you didn't purchase any of the paid content, you could still play with people who did."
According to Robb, DLC monsters and hunters won't be overpowered, which prevents players from having to purchase that content to stay competitive. Players who don't purchase the extra content will still be able to play against those characters as opponents in solo games.
"Your game experience is enhanced, no purchase necessary," he added.
Robb called the bundles "options, nothing more," and added that the content isn't being shaved off the game to be sold separately; it won't be finished in time for Evolve's release on PS4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Feb. 10.
"We've done everything we could to keep this stuff as open to choice as possible and despite how it may look to some, there isn't anything here that forces people to spend more money than they are comfortable with," Robb wrote. "We feel like all of the Evolve bundles that 2K announced just offer people choices, and having choices isn't a bad thing."