Not exactly unexpected news, perhaps, because developer Turtle Rock stopped working on it almost two years ago already, but disappointing if you’re one of the three people still playing it, I suppose.

The game’s dedicated servers will go offline on 3 September 2018, publisher 2K Games has confirmed, with Evolve’s ranked Hunt mode and leaderboard updates, although peer-to-peer connections for custom and solo matches, and DLC purchases will remain supported. At the same time, the free-to-play PC version of the game will also close entirely, forever.

Despite a legitimately innovative asymmetrical multiplayer concept and mostly okay reviews, Evolve didn’t manage to… evolve much subsequent to its mega-hyped, next-big-thing 2015 launch, probably because of its questionable and expensive DLC scheme, which added an additional eight characters and two monsters. Its almost vertical learning curve and reliance on co-operative teamwork with randoms didn’t help much, either.

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