Evolve’s Free-To-Play PC Beta Starts Tomorrow


Turtle Rock posted a big letter on its Evolve forums tonight announcing the PC version of Evolve will be going free very soon.


You can find the full letter here. In it, Turtle Rock co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb reveal that Evolve is going free (though they don’t use the term free-to-play) and a beta for the new free version of Evolve begins tomorrow, July 7. The letter also says rewards will be available for those who bought the game at launch, and a number of big balancing changes and performance updates are on the way, too.


Update: Turtle Rock has already pulled the game from Steam. You can find the product page here, but you won’t be able to buy the game.


The countdown that was teased yesterday is still going with about 14 hours left until expiration. There is more to this announcement, and we will have full details tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT.


[Source: Turtle Rock]




Our Take


This is a big change for Evolve, but it has the potential to be the right change. I’m curious to see if it boosts player count and gets more people playing.




Koei Tecmo Reveals New Online Mode And Mechanic


Koei Tecmo released a ton of new information and footage today of its video game adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s manga series, including the announcement of a new online mode. [Except]


Attack On Titan’s new mode is called “Scout Mode.” In it, a player can recruit an online team of three, which he or she picks missions for throughout different locations, but with the similar goal of taking down Titans. Koei Tecmo says the missions contained in Scout Mode differ from those in the main campaign.


The new trailer also shows off the “Decisive Battle Signal.” As players rescue other players on the map and take down Titans, they fill their Decisive Battle Meter. When activated, the meter uses all other players in the near area to do a large amount of damage. Check it out in the trailer, as well as a ton of new screens, down below.


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Attack On Titan is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Vita, and PC on August 30. Take a look at what characters you can expect in the game in our previous preview.


Google Play And iTunes Listings For Pokémon Go Appear Online, But Not For North America


It seems the game is still not yet available in North America, but listings for the game on Android and iOS are online.


You can find the iTunes listing for the game here. It is currently only compatible in Australia. The same goes for the Google Play listing, which you can find here. Our attempts to download the game on both devices have been thwarted by notices that the game is not currently available in our country.


Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and developer Niantic have all been coy about when the game will be available, but these listings imply that Pokémon Go will be officially available soon. We’ve reached out to The Pokémon Company for more details and will update this story if and when we receive an update.


For our impressions of the game during beta, head here.


[Source: Google Play Store, iTunes, via Reddit, NeoGAF]




Our Take


During E3, Nintendo revealed the Pokémon Go Plus pedometer. It didn’t reveal a release date for Pokémon Go, but it did let slip that the pedometer would be available in July. Common sense says it would be silly to release Pokémon Go Plus with the game you need to use it. Knowing Pokémon Go Plus is coming this month, it’s not too surprising to see the game already available in Australia. The question though, is how long will the global roll-out take? When will be able to play the game here in North America?