The open beta test for Evolve is coming, with the hotly anticipated 4v1 shooter that has been titillating our thumbs for some time now being available to play from the 15th – 19th of January 2015. Though sadly, only owners of the Xbox One will get their chance to put the game through its paces, with the open beta not available for PS4 owners.
Those able and wiling to try the game out in all its beta glory will be happy to know that they are going to be able to get to grips with a new monster – Wraith. While this monster lacks the tank characteristics of Goliath and the flying capabilities of the Kraken, it is going to pose a unique set of challenges for the four would-be hunters to overcome in order to successfully bring it down.
If you are the type of gamer that prefers a stealthy approach to ripping out the hearts of your enemies, then you are going to fall in love with the Wraith. Despite having the least amount of health and armour of all the monsters, it is the quickest, possessing the ability to warp around the map, which is both beneficial for dealing out and avoiding damage from those that wish to line the landscape with your blood.
Not only will beta testers get to have a go with a new monster, they will also get to experience the various game modes on offer, such as Rescue, Nest and Defend, which help to change the gameplay up and stop players from getting bored with the standard find and fight gameplay offered in Hunt mode. What’s more, players will be able to save any progress they make during the testing period, along with any monsters or other content they unlock and transfer it over should they decide to purchase the final version of the game when it comes out on February 10 2015.
Peek-a-boo the Wraith sees you
If getting the chance to be the first to play the game is not enough, Xbox One Open Beta players are granted exclusive access to Evacuation, Evolve‘s dynamic campaign that combines the full array of maps and modes into a unique and highly replayable experience. 2K and Turtle Rock Studios, the makers of the game, will be looking forward to see what gamers think of their new offline solo experience that lets you play as every character, every map, and every mode in Evolve without having to find a bunch of friends to play with.
“Evolve‘s addictive and replayable 4v1 gameplay formula creates intense gaming moments whether you enjoy playing alone offline, cooperatively with friends against AI, or competitively against others online,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K.
Where did it go?
Evolve has been in development for a while now, which has only added to the hype around a game that has made a bold move and gone for a less orthodox approach to the first-person narrative: Forcing hunters to rely on teamwork and tactics in order to get one over on their gargantuan foe, while it, the monster, relies solely on its sheer power and an arsenal of abilities at its disposal to lay waste to the puny humans trying to kill it.
Hype around this game has been huge, mainly because it has been in development for some time, with loads of gameplay footage at E3 and Gamescon whetting our appetites for this intriguing take on the first-person genre. Let’s hope it lives up to all the hype.