Left 4 Dead’s successor wasn’t a flop – it was just ‘ahead of its time’, say devs

Seven-year-old multiplayer shooter Evolve recently received a second wind, but developer Turtle Rock Studios reckons its ill-fated follow-up to Left 4 Dead might have stood a better chance of survival if it had been released today.

The asymmetric competitive shooter – in which four players face off against a mutating, player-controlled monster – was all but shuttered only a few years after its release in 2015. After initially gaining critical traction, Evolve was relaunched with a free-to-play model a year after launch, before its dedicated multiplayer servers were taken offline in 2018.

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