Evolve Dedicated Servers Will Close

By Rebecca Smith,
Three years ago, Turtle Rock Studios' multiplayer FPS Evolve was released. Unfortunately, the game never got the player population that was needed to sustain its life. In July 2016, the developer launched a last ditch attempt to keep the game alive by changing the game to the free-to-play Evolve Stage 2 on PC with promises that the free-to-play model would follow on consoles. Just three months later, that plan had failed and support was withdrawn from the game. The closest PlayStation 4 players got to free-to-play was the game's inclusion in subscription service PlayStation Now. Now things get a bit worse. In September, the game's dedicated servers will close, meaning the game will transition to peer-to-peer multiplayer.


While the game will remain playable, the closure will remove some of the game's features. Hunt (Ranked) mode will be removed, as will player profiles, leaderboards, and the in-game store. A full list of features that will remain available, and those that will be removed, is below.

What features will still be functional in Legacy Evolve?

  • Peer-to-peer multiplayer: Players will be able to team up and play against each other through peer-to-peer matchmaking. Players are also able to use the party-up feature to create games.
    • Quick Play
      • Hunt
      • Nest
      • Rescue
      • Defend
      • Arena
    • Evacuation
    • Custom games
  • Single Player (solo vs. AI) –
    • Evacuation
    • Quick Play
    • Custom games
  • My2K login access
  • Access to all hunters, monsters, purchased DLC, skins & player badges

What features are going away?

  • Hunt (Ranked)
    • Players will still be able to play Hunt by going into Quick play and Custom games
  • Player Profile data
  • Leaderboards will no longer be populated with player data
  • The in-game store will be removed
  • The newsfeed will be unavailable
  • Player Badges will be unavailable
It's a bit uncertain which of the game's trophies will be affected by these server closures. Depending on which bit of the list you believe, player badges may or may not be available. Challenges, rank, and elite status are linked to player profiles, so those achievements may also be affected. The list of potentially affected trophies is below.

EvolveThe MonsterThe The Monster trophy in Evolve worth 130 pointsReach Elite status for a Monster.

EvolveThe HunterThe The Hunter trophy in Evolve worth 93 pointsReach Elite status for a Hunter.

EvolveInstant ArtistThe Instant Artist trophy in Evolve worth 20 pointsCreate a Badge in the Profile Badge creator.

Evolve12-Sided DieThe 12-Sided Die trophy in Evolve worth 458 pointsReach Elite status on all Hunters.

EvolveThree of a KindThe Three of a Kind trophy in Evolve worth 459 pointsReach Elite status on all Monsters.

EvolveAward AddictionThe Award Addiction trophy in Evolve worth 23 pointsObtain 25 unique Awards.

EvolveApex PredatorThe Apex Predator trophy in Evolve worth 363 pointsAchieve rank 40.

In regards to other content, all of the Hunters, Monsters, and skins that players have purchased will still be accessible after the servers have closed. However, any premium currency that you've purchased, such as Gold and Silver Keys, can only be used until the servers are closed. On July 2nd, all virtual currency bundles will be removed from the store preventing players from purchasing any more premium currency past that point.

The dedicated servers will close on September 3rd, so make sure you've purchased all of the content you want before that date. I'd also make sure to have all of the above trophies, just in case.

We've got the full list of Evolve trophies - check the list for guides to unlocking them.

Check out our Best PS4 First-Person Shooters article for a compilation of other great games in this genre.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.