Yep you read that right folks, Evolve, the popular monster hunting game developed by the team that brought you the Left 4 Dead series has officially delayed the game a few months to perfect it into the vision that they have for it. 2K Games made that announcement earlier today with this official statement:
As stated on the Take-Two Interactive earnings call, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios are extending the development of Evolve by a few months to allow enough time to fully realize the vision for Evolve and meet our collective standards of creative excellence. We are encouraged by the press reaction and fan excitement coming out of a very successful E3, and we are now certain we are headed in the right direction with the game and we are confident in delivering a genre-defining product when Evolve launches on February 10, 2015.
There really isn't much to be taken from that statement except that they want the game to be as good as possible. With the alpha taking place on PC this past weekend it wouldn't surprise me if they realized that quite a few things needed to be tweaked in order for the game to live up to it's hype and personal standards.
They also had this to say about the original October release:
When we give a title that is looking so promising, having won best of show at E3, a bit more time to make sure it is just as good as it can be, historically that has always been a good move to us," he said. "Equally, I do like the February release date, I have to tell you. If you look at our history since we took over the company seven years ago, we have largely stayed out of the Holiday period and gone into what our competitors consider 'non-traditional' release windows. And that has served us very well. In February we are going to get the benefit of this new install base from over Christmas, and February will be wide open.
In my opinion I think this is a smart move to make, if they feel the game will not live up to it's standards then delaying is a good thing. It also will allow the game to release in a less 'crowded' game release time period, with how many new titles coming out this winter this could be purely a financial move to allow consumers to have less distractions from other games when making their purchase. Whatever the case might be, we won't know if the game will truly live up to it's hype until February, until then you'll have to play other monster hunting games.