Evolve’s Move Into Free-to-Play Finally Gets it a Player Base

Turtle Rock Studios’s Evolve has seen a massive uptick in player engagement since going free-to-play two days ago.

According to Steam Charts, Evolve (now rebranded as Evolve Stage 2) saw a dramatic increase in player count once the free-to-play update went live, going from 605 players online to nearly 12,000 just four hours later. Since then, it’s only grown further, with numbers steadily over 20,000 players today. Evolve Stage 2’s 24-hour peak player count is currently at nearly 25,000 concurrent players online, which is just shy of its all-time peak of 27,403 from February 2015 when the game originally launched.

It’s a pretty impressive jump, but of course, it remains to be seen whether those players will actually stick around.