Evolve, Turtle Rock Studios’ multiplayer shooter that pits four players against a giant playable monster, is no longer available for purchase on Steam. The change appears to have been made on the eve of an announcement from the studio, one that has been speculated to be a move to a free-to-play model — though Turtle Rock and publisher 2K have made no indication that the game’s business model is changing.
On Thursday, July 7 at 9 a.m. PT, Turtle Rock plans to host a livestream where it says it will talk about the next patch for Evolve. "A lot happens in the next patch," Turtle Rock said, calling the update "a big one."
Evolve launched on Steam — as well as on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — in February 2015. Last month, a couple hundred PC gamers were playing Evolve at its peak on Steam, where the game has received mixed reviews from players. The game has been widely criticized by the community for its approach to downloadable content; publisher 2K and Turtle Rock sell Evolve’s playable Hunters and Monsters separately. The game’s most recent piece of content was a new support-class Hunter named Kala Kapur.
Prior to the game’s removal from sale on Steam, Evolve was being sold for $39.99. The game is still available for sale from Sony’s PlayStation Store and Microsoft’s Xbox Games Store.