In an earnings release on Tuesday, Evolve publisher Take-Two Interactive officially announced that the game’s release date would be pushed back until February 10, 2015.
Evolve is a much anticipated four-person cooperative shooter for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, that was originally planned to debut on October 21 of this year. The game is being developed by Turtle Rock Studios, the same minds behind the insanely popular four-person cooperative game Left 4 Dead. The news comes on the heels of a recent closed alpha test, where select gamers could play an early build of the title for testing and server stress purposes.
According to a report by Polygon, no distinct reason was given for the delay, but Take-Two commented in the release that the extra months would be used for further game development and February would be “a favorable release window.”
The game itself pits four players dubbed as ‘Hunters’ against a single player ‘Monster.’ True to the name, ‘monster’ players have to stealthily avoid hunters and evolve the monster until its strong enough to kill all the opposing players or destroy the main objective. Hunter players can alternatively track, stun, trap and kill the monster before it gets too strong for them.
The October release month for video games has continued to lighten as publishers push back their titles. Evolve‘s delay accompanies games such as Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield: Hardline, both of which were pushed back to release in November and early 2015 respectively. Hopefully the few heavy hitters left such as Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Driveclub, and The Evil Within do not see similar delays as October approaches.