Gear up, monster hunters, as 2K have announced today that Evolve has gone gold. It might not be as important a development milestone as it once was, thanks to the increasing usage and scope of the day one patch, but it’s still the point at which the developers get to send a copy of the game disc to the manufacturers to be pressed and boxed up ahead of release. In Evolve’s case, that release is set for February 10th.
But before we get to that point, we’ll still be able to enjoy the game, regardless of which platform you want to eventually buy the game for. You could, for example, check out the game’s intro trailer.
Next week sees an open beta hit the Xbox One on January 15th, giving players the opportunity to play the game’s main Hunt mode on two maps and with two monsters and eight humans to choose from, before letting you sample the grander Evacuation campaign on the 17th until the beta ends on the 19th. Any progress you make during this beta will carry forward to the final game.
The PC and PS4 aren’t left out, though the “technical test” on these platforms will be smaller in scale, starting on January 16th and 17th respectively. For one thing, you won’t get to try the Evacuation campaign and your progress won’t carry forward. You’ll only gain access to this if you took part in their Closed Alpha and Big Alpha test, which occurred last year.
Of course, those alpha tests highlight the real reason why, having already gone gold, there is this final round of testing. The alphas were marred by networking issues, and the PS4 alpha had plenty of difficulties partly down to the then freshly released firmware 2.0. Next week’s tests will help Turtle Rock catch bugs that have snuck through their QA testing and also help to ensure that the heavily online focussed game will have a trouble free launch.
Source: Press release