Take-Two, the parent company of publisher 2K Games, has confirmed that Evolve is set to be released on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 21st.
To compliment the release date, the identities of the game’s four hunters have been revealed. Tasked with taming a formidable beast, each of the hunters brings a unique skill and class to the table. If Liam Neeson were to divide his array of talents into a team of four people, this is the team you’d have.
Hyde (Assault) – Hyde carries a mini-gun capable of turning forests into tossed salads, but it’s his secondary weapon that does the most damage; a flamethrower built into his left arm, Hyde’s backup… is the game’s “shortest ranged, but most powerful weapon.” When not barbequing baddies from behind his butt-kicking appendage, Hyde can utilize his unique ability, Toxic Grenades, as well as his class-based Personal Shield.
Maggie (Trapper) – On top of packing a Machine Pistol and Harpoon Traps, Maggie… can deploy Mobile Arenas; these cage-like domes are great for temporarily enclosing the target in a small space while your entire team attempts to fill it full of smoking holes. Maggie’s best asset on the battlefield, however, isn’t a hand-cannon, but a living, breathing companion named Daisy… a “big aggressive hyena,” the predatory pet (technically called a “Trapjaw”) is like a fifth, four-legged member of the hunter team. While it’s yet to be confirmed if Daisy can fetch your morning paper, we know she can sniff out the target and revive teammates.
Lazarus (Medic) – New to the medic class is Lazarus, a sniper-rifle-equipped healer who uses more than bandages and ointment to bring his friends back from the brink. Sure, his Healing Burst class ability is a lifesaver, but it’s his aptly named Lazarus Device that literally allows the dead to rise; more effective than his class counterpart’s Medgun, this miracle skill can quickly turn the tables on a monster who thinks it’s transformed the map into a graveyard. Combined with his Personal Cloak, Lazarus’ ability to resurrect expired allies is as strategic as it is supernatural.
Bucket (Support) – Rounding out the new recruits is Bucket, the only nonhuman hunter to be revealed so far. Possessing a Guided Missile Launcher and Sentry Guns, this snarky bot packs more high-tech toys than a Transformer. Even better than his violent skills, though, is his silent UAV ability; you see, Bucket can remove his head and control it like a drone to find and track the target—let’s see Optimus Prime do that! Of course, deploying his decapitated noggin also leaves him vulnerable, so activating his Cloaking Field is highly recommended when he’s sitting headless.
As Turtle Rock Studios, the little known team behind the Left 4 Dead franchise, begin to ramp up the hype machine for their next-generation debut, we’re bound to see more from Evolve in the coming weeks.