Monster-focused multiplayer shooter Evolve — now known as Evolve Stage 2 — has climbed back up the Steam charts, with players picking up the game again in big numbers following its relaunch as a free-to-play title. Turtle Rock Studios re-released the game in beta yesterday, and third-party stats tracker Steam Charts is showing an increase in players as a result.
In the last 30 days, Evolve has averaged 567 concurrent players, a 434 percent gain over the previous month. In June 2016, the game hit a peak of 234 people playing at the same time. Today, July 8, Evolve Stage 2 currently sits at a peak of 24,300 concurrent players, a new high.
The game sits in the top 25 games according to Valve's own metrics. The current peak is just 3,000 shy of its all-time greatest number of players, according to Steam Charts. When it launched in February 2015, the at-times controversial game hit a peak of 27,000 players; that number dropped to under 7,000 the following month.
Those on PC who are curious about how different Evolve Stage 2 is from its retail predecessor can download the beta now. Console players will have to wait their turn for some time to check out the overhaul, which includes new gameplay systems, characters and unlockables, all at no cost, according to publisher 2K. The original Evolve is still available for purchase on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.