As some predicted, it seems Evolve has somewhat faded into the background of late. I think that is a real shame since the game has a ton of cool ideas and is a lot of fun to play.
Perhaps this new DLC will breathe some life back into the game. On March 31st, a new monster, the previously announced Behemoth, will be available alongside four new hunters. These guys are available to the Evolve Hunting Season Pass owners or separately for £6.19.
That is pretty steep for each hunter, but I do like the look of these guys. Here they are complete with descriptions from the Evolve website.
Torvald has a Goliath-sized beef with Monsters. Survivor of a Monster attack, Torvald was nearly torn to pieces. Rebuilt into a half-human walking tank, Torvald is heading to Shear with a head full of revenge. Besides cybernetic implants, he's sporting back-mounted Mortar Cannons. As deadly as those mortar rounds are at a distance, Torvald is straight-up vicious, up close. Toss a Shrapnel Grenade and he peppers a target with weak spots. That's when you unload rounds from his Autofire Shotgun and rack up some serious bonus damage.
Crow is a bit of a recluse. He actually retired to the unsettled parts of Shear to be left alone – until the Monsters came and screwed everything up. He understands the planet better than most, which makes him perfectly suited as a Trapper. Now, Crow and his trained pet Batray, Gobi, are going to get rid of the Monsters one dome at a time. On command, Gobi flies ahead to scout an area and lets Crow "see" nearby creatures. Gobi flies out a couple hundred meters at most in line-of-sight, eventually finding its way back to its master. Crow's Stasis Gun has two firing modes: A rapid-fire mode briefly slows down the Monster, but a charged shot will drop a Monster to a crawl for a longer period of time. Then there is his Kinetic Long Rifle. The rapid-fire mode deals lots of damage-per-second, but charge the shot and he is able to punch straight through a Monster's armor and damage its health. It's sneaky and vicious. Just like Crow.
A forgotten solider from a forgotten war, Slim is not human – not anymore. His DNA was genetically modified so much that this combat medic resembles some insectoid hybrid. All of Slim's abilities not only mess with the Monster, he has some unique ways to keep his fellow Hunters in the fight. His primary weapon, the Leech Gun, saps strength from the Monster and that fuels how quickly his Healing Burst reloads. His Healing Burst also happens to have the largest radius compared to all the other Medics. Slim's Healing drone buzzes around the battlefield, targeting teammates and helping them regenerate health over time. As soon as the Hunter getting healed is attacked, the drone returns to Slim. Of course, the Monster can't hurt what it can't find and Slim's Spore Cloud Launcher masks the scent of the Hunters, giving you the perfect opportunity to get in close.
Sunny goes a long ways back with Abe and Parnell before coming to Shear. (In fact, Sunny was one of the original four Hunters, back when Evolve was first created.) Now the ace pilot, engineer and eternal optimist is coming to help her old squadmates. As support, she's protecting the team with Shield Drones that will cover nearby teammates and take the hits for the Hunters. In order to help them with a quick escape, Sunny's Jetpack Booster lets teammates fly further, faster and not run out of juice while in range. All that said, Sunny is perfectly capable of dishing it out. Her Mininuke Grenade Launcher packs more punch in a single projectile than any other hand-wielded weapon in the game.
I'm a big fan of the design of Crow. As someone who likes playing the Trapper best, I can get behind that.
Those prices, after the game garnered a lot of ill will for pre-launch DLC, could end up rubbing some fans the wrong way though. I hope not. I think people will eventually come back to Evolve after a price drop. If given the chance, there is tons to admire in the game. I'll likely be noodling about with these guys when they hit.