Free-to-play is the new hot trend in the gaming industry. Huge games like League of Legends, World of Tanks, and Warframe all utilize free-to-play models with microtransactions and do very will with this model. Notably, League of Legends made over $600 million last year alone with their version of the free-to-play model.

It was all of these facts that lead Turtle Rock, the developers of the new title Evolve and former developers of Left 4 Dead, to consider making Evolve a free-to-play title. This fact was revealed by Polygon during an interview with senior producer Mike Boccieri. Boccieri says that the idea was first brought up by former THQ president Jason Rubin, but it was quickly cast aside when 2K games became the new owner of the Evolve IP.

Even though Evolve won’t release as a free-to-play title, this doesn’t mean that it couldn’t become one after sometime after release. Here is what Boccieri had to say about the possibility of free-to-play, “That is not going to change down the track, well, we never say never about almost anything. But that’s not anything that we have in the immediate horizon.”

The perfect example of a game that went from premium to free-to-play is Valve’s Team Fortress 2. The game originally released as part of the Orange Box back in 2007, then it was available for individual purchase through the Steam platform. TF2 officially went free to play in 2011, and has since seen a huge resurgence in player base and income, due to the new microtransaction system. This could be in the future for Evolve, but that time is still far off.

When the issue of individual character microtransactions was broached during the interview, Boccieri did not dismiss the idea, “The possibilities are endless, and I think the core of what people are really excited about are that there’s Hunters and monsters, so we are going to play to our strengths.”

It’s always a good strategy to consider multiple avenues when making a game, and it sure seems like Turtle Rock is open to a multitude of ideas for their new multiplayer shooter.

Evolve is set to release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC sometime in 2014. Will you be buying the game this year?

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