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Evolve delayed until early 2015

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Take-Two Interactive has announced that Evolve , the team-based shooter being developed by Left 4 Dead studio Turtle Rock, has been delayed from its planned October release until next year.

Take-Two revealed in its first-quarter results statement for FY2015 that Evolve, originally slated to come out on October 21, won't actually launch until February 10, 2015. Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick told MCV the decision to delay arose from the company's belief that "polish pays off," and because October, is already pretty crowded.

"When we give a title that is looking so promising, having won best of show at E3, a bit more time to make sure it is just as good as it can be, historically that has always been a good move to us," he said. "Equally, I do like the February release date, I have to tell you. If you look at our history since we took over the company seven years ago, we have largely stayed out of the Holiday period and gone into what our competitors consider 'non-traditional' release windows. And that has served us very well. In February we are going to get the benefit of this new install base from over Christmas, and February will be wide open."

Lack of polish or not, Evolve was one of the best games we played at E3 . If a delay can make it even better, I won't mind waiting.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.