Evolve’s Steam Player Base Nose Dives

Evolve’s Steam Player Base Nose Dives

Evolve has been a controversial game, even before it’s release. The heavy use of pre-launch DLC, and pre-order DLC, enraged a number of people. The large focus on online player meant the game needed a strong, consistent, player base in order to thrive.

After all the backlash from the sheer amount of DLC, some of it feeling like pay to win, it seems Evolve is nose diving, at least on steam. The player base for Evolve has been dropping, with recent figures proving to be quite alarming. In the last 30 days, the amount of people playing Evolve has been shrinking, nearly daily.


The shrinking of the player base highlights one of the main issues people have with online only games. Evolve’s PR nightmare is no longer the only negative surrounding the game. With players abandoning in increasing numbers, Evolve may just end up on Steam sales sooner rather than later.

Evolve currently sits at number 50 in Steams Top Games (as 09/03/2015)


Has the amount of pre-release DLC affected your decision to purchase/not purchase Evolve?


Sean Halliday


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  3. Duketogo
    March 10, 2015, 5:06 am

    “After all the backlash from the sheer amount of DLC, some of it feeling like pay to win, ” Was this even written by someone who has actually played the game. ALL of the dlc is simply skins at the moment.

    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2015, 5:08 am

      Funny you should say that, then forget about a monster being behind a pre order bonus

      • DarthDiggler
        March 10, 2015, 5:13 am

        OK how is 1 additional monster equal to pay to win?

        • Sean Halliday
          March 10, 2015, 5:17 am

          ‘SOME OF IT FEELING LIKE PAY TO WIN’ do I really need to explain how buying a character most don’t have access to is a advantage?

          • Tinytaco
            March 10, 2015, 5:35 am

            It’s not game breaking, and you would hope they are balanced in a way that doesn’t make them obviously superior to any other hunter. At least we aren’t blocked from playing because we don’t own a hunter or monster that somebody else might.

            The hate on this game is absurd. New maps will be free, new game modes will be free. You pay for the monsters and the hunters. It’s a shitty practice but the game is still just as engaging and fun. Steam has spoiled people into thinking all games should be cheap, cheap, cheap!

            The game is a work of art. It’s gorgeous, and stable. I get the hate on DLC, but then don’t buy any. TRS made a gem, it’s a shame it won’t get its chance to shine.

      • Leetality
        March 10, 2015, 11:51 am

        Behemoth is still not released and is not exclusive to preorders. A year ago when they announced the game they promised to deliver 12 hunters and 3 monsters; which is exactly what they did. There is no day 1 DLC.

        How does the monster even give an advantage? Does owning him make you do more damage as a Hunter? Are you implying he’s going to be broken? Because most cry about Wraith yet she’s free to all.

        I understand 2k did some bad PR and people seem to think $15 bucks for something that took 6-8 months to complete is an absurd amount of money, but to say the game is bad or pay 2 win is ridiculous. Most of my teams run default classes and the top monster players almost all agree that Goliath is their “try hard” pick.

    • InappropriateName
      March 10, 2015, 2:11 pm

      Yea I don’t think the writer played the game lol. None of it is pay to win. Games that offer that kind of absurd advantage are usually games that give the edge to players who spend money. And in all honesty, Evolve is a game based on pure skill and teamwork + communication. Take League of Legends for example. If you don’t have a certain Champion, is that game considered pay to win now? No, it doesn’t. Your argument is invalid.

      And yea sure, a DLC Monster or Hunter can be “overpowered” and may be considered pay to win. But I believe this would only be temporary. It’s EXTREMELY likely that TRS would nerf the hell out of anything considered overpowered by the playerbase (for example Wraith is getting her nerf patch sometime this weekend or so).

      To be honest, it just feels like the writer just jumped on the Evolve hate-bandwagon after reading all the reviews and not actually trying the game himself.

      PS: If you think this game is a tedious running simulator, then you’re simply not playing it right.

      • Sean Halliday
        March 10, 2015, 3:15 pm

        Out of everything, you pick League of Legends, a MOBA no less, as your example? Your argument is invalid, and utterly off topic.

        Please point out where i talk about the games skill level? or did you just want to throw that in for a random reason?

        To be honest, it just feels like the commenter jumped on the ‘post random stuff’ bandwagon.

        PS: Again, more random stuff, i have no idea why you keep throwing in random points

        • mooncabbage
          March 11, 2015, 5:57 pm

          He may have chosen a bad example in your opinion but the A in moba is arena, and if you played the game enough you’d consider the fact that evolve is an arena based competitive fps. His argument is solid. Hank is the first support classed hunter available, and IMO and every (competent) hunter would agree is the biggest threat to the monster IF and only if they play their role correctly. In fact, there are no hunters that don’t bring a little op tactic to the fight except Parnell which I find ironic since he was oneof the preorder bonus all you haters jumped at the chance to spew reiterated garbage I see every day. The reason the game is dying is because the masses are impressionable and all they see is hate for this great experience that was marketed as a video game. Sorry you’re not a team player, and that you’re not clever enough to outsmart your gaming peers. Play what you want, I know this game is amazing.

          • Sean Halliday
            March 12, 2015, 6:17 pm

            I’m glad you made your point look even worse by going to the ‘he just sucks at the game’ argument. What’s next? my dad is bigger than yours?

  4. Duketogo
    March 10, 2015, 5:14 am

    The monster that isn’t currently even in the game as of yet so it has no impact on the game as it stands? Also as you’ve stated yourself, its part of a pre-order, which isn’t the same as dlc. The player base is dropping, and it is a shame. But much of is because of misinformation like this.

    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2015, 5:19 am

      Bahahaahh, you keep telling yourself that’s the reason it’s dropping. People who dropped money on the game see a post and go ‘oh I won’t play this game anymore’

      And yes, it does count. Saying it doesn’t makes no sense what so ever. Look, you might like the game, and that’s fine, but trying to defend such bs DLC practices is crazy

  5. Duketogo
    March 10, 2015, 5:25 am

    Yes I do like the game, and yes I think they’ve screwed up in the PR department. It has its issues, but those really have nothing to do with ‘dlc’. The behemoth which you can buy via DLC isn’t even in the game yet, and likely won’t be for a while. I think its pretty normal for games to to charge these days for newly released content. Also as long as the monster is balanced with all the others, and yes there is no way to know this as of yet, how does that make it pay to win? I get that you say “some think” but I mean some people still think the earth is flat, is it worth mentioning?

    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2015, 5:34 am

      Are you from the US by any chance? I only ever hear that ‘some think the world is flat’ argument from people for the US for some reason, but anyway.

      Again ‘some’ of it might be seen as pay to win, I didn’t say ‘it’s all pay to win’

      It’s genuinely worrying people are this defensive over a game that plays like a free to play game, but cost full retail price and has a season pass…that doesn’t include a bulk of the content. Any hoo I won’t reply for a while because I have to set of for work!

      • Leetality
        March 10, 2015, 11:55 am

        Name one triple AAA budget game on a console right now that has a free to play model. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

        TRS wants this game to develop a competitive scene and in order to continue support obviously need to ensure funds for server costs, dev pay and later on – prize pools. They aren’t charging for maps so the community isn’t split, you don’t “need” any of these hunters/monsters (who aren’t even close to being released yet) and none of their skins are that great. You can even join in on a pre-existing game sometimes as a class you have not unlocked. What paywall is there that I seem to be missing?

  6. Duketogo
    March 10, 2015, 5:47 am

    You’ve still never really addressed the issue that the monster is part of future dlc, isn’t in the game, and that it is new content which pretty much all games charge for these days. I’m not really even defending the game so much as I’m saying what you’ve stated just isn’t truthful. That’s two different things. I’m not debating the price of the game, and or any current issues it has. The only thing I was ever really trying to discuss was the “pay to win” non-sense. But you don’t seem like you really want to address this so I’m not going to waste any of my time.

    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2015, 5:50 am

      You’re the one replying with nonsense about people thinking the world is flat. I addressed your query, you replied a straw man. You’re acting like I’ve slandered the developers and proclaimed it as a awful game lol

  7. Scott Ellison II
    March 10, 2015, 5:43 pm

    What website are these statistics from?

    • Sean Halliday
      March 10, 2015, 5:52 pm


  8. N. Rooney
    March 10, 2015, 9:00 pm

    “After all the backlash from the sheer amount of DLC, some of it feeling like pay to win…”

    Which of the skins is pay to win? Or do you mean the monster and hunter DLC, which doesn’t even have a release date yet?

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