I don't know how it's going to work and I don't know if it's going to be as fun as the trailer makes it seem, but the newest promotional trailer for the upcoming Turtle Rock Studios title, Evolve, really goes out of its way to make the game seem more than just another run-and-gun shooter with aimless shooting and Rambo-style team-play.
The trailer starts about identical to your average Titanfall match, with a group of ruffians jumping out of a carrier down to the mushy jungle earth below. The trailer creeps on within its paltry two minute running time, but does so at an enjoyable and thrilling pace, as we seem to get plenty of hints that the hunters may actually be the hunted. Thus, the premise of Evolve.
As outlined in the original article detailing the game, Evolve pits four human players against a fifth player who is controlling an ever-evolving creature. The concept plays on classic kill-off-team movies from the 1980s, such as Aliens or Predator or Galaxy of Terror.
The idea is that players need to put down the creature before he becomes too fearsome and deadly to deal with.
The trailer does a perfect job of exemplifying how this concept will work, and the stealthy, horror-elements that pervade the general gist of the video seems to indicate that this may be more thinking-gamer oriented than something as straight-forward and arcadey as Left 4 Dead.
There's still plenty of time to build up hype and explore additional information for Evolve, as the game is set for release this fall.
While I'm not fond of the game taking pre-orders so early on in its hype-train run, we can at least trust that Turtle Rock Studios will do what they can with the property to elevate the multiplayer gaming experience with Evolve. Heck, that's exactly what they did with the original Left 4 Dead.
I suppose the big question is if they can get lightning to strike twice, or will they forever be known as the one-hit wonder, a lot like All 4 One and that song “I Swear” from back in 1994. Ah, those were the good 'ole days.
You can learn more about Evolve by paying a visit to the official website, or look for the game to drop on the Xbox One and PS4 this fall, courtesy of 2K Games picking up the publishing rights.