Evolve story trailer pits elite hunters against monstrous prey

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Have you ever taken a moment to wonder why four fragile, squishy humans would choose to go head-to-head with a fire-breathing, electricity-chucking, 40-foot-high armored monstrosity? The new Evolve story trailer reveals the secret: You've got to rescue the colonists!

That "rescue the colonists" angle reminded me immediately of Aliens, as did all the talk about how these huge, deadly monsters are ravaging the most valuable colony in the Far Arm, which no doubt has a substantial dollar value attached to it. But instead of sending in the Marines, the relevant authorities have put together "the greatest team of hunters ever assembled," and they're going to clean house while the colonists are evacuated.

It's not the most intricate plot ever devised, but it's enough to hang a multiplayer shooter on, and it's also not a bad way to show off the variety of hunters and monsters that will appear in the game. And let's be honest: Nobody's buying this thing for the story.

Evolve comes out on February 10.

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.