Evolve is a first-person shooter video game developed by Turtle Rock Studios, published by 2K Games and distributed by Take-Two Interactive. Announced on January 7, 2014 and originally set to be released in late 2014, the game was delayed and released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 10, 2015 worldwide.


Evolve adapts an asymmetrical structure, in which five players, play as the hunters, and one player, plays as the monster, battle against each other in an industrialized alien planet called Shear. The hunters’ gameplay is similar to typical first-person shooter, while the monsters are controlled from a third-person perspective. The hunters goal is to eliminate the monster, while the monster’s main objective is to consume willdife so as to evolve to make themselves stronger. The game can be played solo or with multiple players.


Evolve was Turtle Rock Studios’ first major project after it was split from Valve Corporation. The concept for Evolve existed prior to the development of their previous game, Left 4 Dead. Inspired by hunting games like Cabela’s Big Game Hunter and Deer Hunter, the idea is to have preys that can strike back at the hunters. The monster design was originally intended to be esoteric, but was later toned down. The game is powered by Crytek’s CryEngine, which the team thought is the best when creating dark and dense forests for the game.