Perhaps one of the most anticipated games of all of 2015 is Evolve. Developed at Turtle Rock Studios, this team has been working on what could indeed be the next major step forward for online multiplayer games. Today, we are happy to bring to you news regarding the third monster in Evolve, as well as its newest mode called Evacuation.
The newest monster to be revealed for Evolve is the Wraith. Of the three monsters, the Wraith is by far the quickest in getting around maps, however, with that quickness comes the vulnerability of having the least amount of health and armor of any monster. This will absolutely come into how players choose to approach each match with her because dashing and slashing won’t always be the best tactic.
As players learn how to utilize the Wraith, stealth is by far one of the tactics they will find useful. Trying to make sure she doesn’t give away her starting spot in a match is huge, as it is for every monster in Evolve really. Close range attacking is the name of the game for the Wraith. Stalking targets and getting them within a slash’s reach is something players will need to work on. Like the other two monsters, the Wraith comes with a certain set of abilities that people will need to become familiar with.
First, her smell ability is crucial for the early goings on of a match. This skill allows her to highlight and track nearby players and wildlife. Tracking the latter is obviously crucial for evolving, but smell will also help the Wraith keep track of any threats nearby. For chow time, eating helps her gain added armor in addition to evolving.
Traversal is another important aspect to talk about when it comes to the Wraith. She is incredibly versatile and can climb just about any surface on a map. Embellishing traversal within a match is her ability to Warp. The Warp ability sends her from one location to another quickly. She warps in the direction she is moving, and for those who are wondering, yes, the Warp ability is something that recharges over time.
Turtle Rock decided to take the Warp ability one step further with Warp Blast. When this ability is activated, not only does she Warp but when she arrives, the Wraith drops a powerfully explosive blast, dealing significant damage to any target that is within its blast radius. Next, the Abduction ability is one that caters to stealthier players. This allows you to kidnap one of your targets and battle them one on one away from their teammates. Isolating targets one at a time is a very methodical, enjoyable way of playing as the Wraith, but it can be very challenging.
Continuing along the lines of stealth, the Wraith also has the ability to spawn a decoy. Once the decoy has been spawned, she turns invisible. This can help her deal out significant damage or grant the opportunity to get away from battle if she is losing health too quickly. Finally, the Supernova ability is when the Wraith takes the fight to the next level. Supernova allows her to deal increased damage, while moving around at a higher rate of speed. When this ability is activated, the hunters will not want to be within her reach because if they are, they will go down fast.
Taking a look now at the newest mode to be revealed for Evolve, let’s talk a bit about Evacuation. In this mode, the planet Shear needs to evacuate all of its colonists within five days. The objective is simple, hunters must try and save as many lives as possible, while the monster must try and take as many as possible.
At the start of each day, players will choose a mission they need to accomplish during that day. If they are successful in completing the mission, either the hunters or the monster will then gain a benefit or edge for the next day of battle. Some examples of these benefits can range between radiation clouds that damage hunters, to activated turrets that deal damage to the monster. These are just a few of the map effects that players will see when playing Evacuation.
This mode does a nice job of bringing together all of the elements of Evolve and making them into a complete experience. This definitely seems like one of the last modes you’ll want to walk into if you are new to Evolve and didn’t get in on the game’s alpha. Having a strong grasp on the game’s core pillars is important for succeeding in Evacuation and waiting until you have that is the smart choice, your teammates will thank you too.
After each day, the winner of each mission is given bonus experience points that are collected once the match is over. Each time players step into Evacuation mode will bring with it brand-new win-loss effects, maps, map effects and other variables. 2K reckons there are over 800,000 different combinations of game environments for players to experience. It’s hard to believe anyone will be getting bored with Evolve anytime soon after launch.
Evolve has been making exceptional strides and it is looking fabulous. The development team at Turtle Rock is staring down the Feb. 10 release date with confidence, as they should. We’ll have plenty more news and some exclusive information surrounding Evolve once 2015 is here. In the meantime, everyone here at zoomdune.com wishes you and your family a very happy holiday season.