Left 4 Dead Creators’ New Game is Sci-Fi Shooter Evolve

2K Games paid nearly $11 million for the rights to Turtle Rock Studios’ (Left 4 Dead) new game during the THQ auction in April 2013. Now we know what they shelled out for: Evolve is a 4v1 co-op/multiplayer shooter coming to the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this fall.

Game Informer got the exclusive first hands-on look at Evolve and described it as a “a novel mix of cooperative and competitive multiplayer elements that’s unlike anything we’ve played before.”

Here’s the rundown: a team of four alien hunters, each with their own unique items and abilities, is tasked with hunting down a player-controlled monster that grows bigger and more powerful as the match progresses.

Based on the artwork Turtle Rock shared with Game Informer, it appears “bigger and more powerful” means the monster will start out roughly man-sized and eventually grow to Godzilla-like proportions. And there appear to be jetpacks involved as well, so players will be able to search for the creature from above and fly out of the way of the full-grown monster’s stomping feet.

We know Turtle Rock can do co-op like few others, and this sounds like a fantastic new take on a genre dominated by L4D clones. In particular, I love that the monster grows more powerful over time, creating a sense of urgency for the hunters to track down and kill the beast as quickly as possible. That also means the tables will turn and the hunters will become the hunted as a match progresses. Really a brilliant little gameplay mechanic.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about Evolve.


Strauss Zelnick, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., is the head of ZelnickMedia, an investor in both Take-Two and Defy Media, LLC, our parent company. This article was published without approval or consent of ZelnickMedia or Take-Two.

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2 Comments on Left 4 Dead Creators’ New Game is Sci-Fi Shooter Evolve

Mike

On January 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

This sounds fantastic. Is that a shot of next month’s GI?

quicktooth

On January 8, 2014 at 11:58 pm

I guess it’s good to see The Hidden in some form as a commercial release, though this sounds like hit points and damage where the Hidden has stealth (and damage). New abilities sounds fun, and four player co-op sounds fun too. I wonder if there will be neutral forces on the maps… chalk me up as cautiously optimistic :)