Edit: So there are big changes with this game, which mostly revolve around it going Free to Play
. Turns out their original model didn't work out and so they're trying to turn it into a F2P model. So far it seems fairly good and hopefully will revitalize some interest in the game. Note that there is no indication, at the moment, what the game is doing when it comes to the console versions. If I find anything out, I shall let you know in the OP.
Here is the PA steam group: PA Evolve
Come join and play!
Have you heard of a video game called Evolve
yet? It's made by the people who made a small game you might have played called Left 4 Dead, only Evolve takes the concept of the survivors vs. infected multiplayer from that game one crucial step further. Instead of having a battle versus a human controlled tank infected - a heavily armored and heavy hitting infected monster - only a once off thing, they made a game where 4 people play against one gigantic monster. The best bit? Someone else actually plays the monster
. There isn't a lot of information out right now but what we do know is:
1) Team of up to four human hunters, each with their own class abilities and powers vs. one other player who plays as a gigantic monster (we only know of one so far, the goliath)
Example classes: From the leftmost character to the one on the right; Val (medic), Markov (assault), Griffin (trapper), Hank (support).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFEvl5Cgw8A
An example of a monster, the Goliath. Why yes, he is
2) There is ambient AI on the map such as smaller creatures and similar. Both hunters and the monster can use these to their advantage and the monster also eats them to "evolve".
3) The monster starts out reasonably weak but eats hunters and other monsters to grow larger and more powerful. A level 3 monster basically turns the tables on the hunters and can chase them down with impunity.
4) Don't have friends? Bots apparently substitute for the missing players and can play as the monster if you're so inclined.
5) Multiple ways of winning some maps: The hunters have to kill the monster, but on the map we know of the monster can also win by breaking into a facility and murdering scientists.
6) There are multiple monsters but we only know about just the one, who is the very "tank like" Goliath.
7) Tracking the monster for the hunters involves following footsteps and looking for disturbed ambient life like birds suddenly flying into the air in the distance.
People are getting their hands on the game and have been writing some impressions. Based on these impressions I feel it could be well worth getting excited, because it's pretty god damn awesome from all accounts
. IGN also did a positive write up of it
. PC Gamer did an interview with the art director on the game
In short, it sounds awesome and if they pull it off could be an incredibly unique and very awesome multiplayer experience.
So let's talk about it here and stuff. I will add more (much more actually) to the OP when I am more coherent and there is a good way to parse all the information on the game.
Edit: NEW STUFF
In the style of XCOM's trailers, they have done another one of those spiffy interactive youtube trailer things.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m97O1dQAyhc
Also a new trailer in general:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU90_1Sowfo
Plus from comments about the gender representation presented initially in the game, apparently there will be female options for other classes than medic (and at least a male option or so for the medic as well). So rest assured that everyone gets represented some way. Also they made a significant change to the monsters gameplay, in that the monster can choose to buy abilities like perks. So you can invest everything in fire breath (As an example) without the other skills, changing how the game plays significantly. Originally the monster unlocked all of its skills as it leveled up without any choice (so always got fire breath, rock throw and stomp for example) - now the player gets 3 skill points and chooses where to put them. I rather like this and apparently it's a pretty substantial and interesting change.
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