“Today, Turtle Rock finishes development on the project and has transitioned day-to-day server operation to 2K, as we take the operation of the Evolve franchise fully in-house. Evolve Stage 2 will continue to be free-to-play on PC and players can expect the in-game experience to remain the same, as we continue to experiment with the business model. We’ll also continue to evaluate the possibility of bringing the Stage 2 experience to consoles in the future, though right now our focus is on bringing in new players and maintaining the game’s audience on PC.”
2K has clarified that the Evolve Stage 2 PC servers will stay online “for the foreseeable future” and that it may be brought to console, but in the meantime, only the original is available on that platform.
Evolve’s original launch was plagued with bad press over its pricey day-one DLC, causing then-developer Turtle Rock to institute sweeping gameplay changes — and a free-to-play transition — under the Evolve Stage 2 banner, which statistically appeared to have saved the game last summer.
Massively OP’s MJ Guthrie scoped out the game following that F2P transition; you can take a peek below.