What’s up, PlayStation? Today, we’re happy to announce that a fourth Monster, Behemoth, and four new Hunters are coming to Evolve March 31st on PS4. These new characters look and play differently than anything in the game so far. And even if you don’t purchase these new Hunters or Monster, you can still play with and against them online — and against them while playing solo offline — giving all Evolve players a new hunting experience.
So let’s take a look…
Behemoth is a tank of a Monster that becomes a giant, destructive boulder and rolls through the environment for quick traversal. He has the most armor, the largest pool of health, and packs the biggest punch of any Monster in Evolve, making Behemoth extremely dangerous in close quarters. While he is the slowest of any Monster, his abilities allow him to control the movement of his opponents by trapping, stunning, or pulling them towards their demise.
Torvald is a cyborg out for revenge, and he has one job: deal as much damage to the Monsters as possible. At longer ranges he’s a threat with his back mounted Mortar Cannons, but he does the most damage in close quarters. Torvald’s Shrapnel Grenades pepper the target with weak spots, and his Autofire Shotgun follows up with multiplied damage.
Crow’s job is to locate and contain the monster. Gobi, his pet Batray, scouts ahead looking for the Monster. Once the Monster is located, Crow has a couple of new Trapper tricks up his sleeve. His Stasis Gun can be fired in two modes: rapid fire mode slows the monster for a very short amount of time, while a charged shot slows the monster for a longer period. His Kinetic Long Rifle can also be fired in two modes: rapid fire deals the most damage per second, but a charged shot bypasses a Monster’s armor entirely, digging into its permanent health pool.
Slim’s DNA was genetically modified, so he joins Bucket as the only non-humans on the Hunter team. Slim is a combat medic tasked with keeping the team alive. The more damage Slim does with his Leech Gun, the quicker he can use his Heal Burst, which has the widest radius of all medics in Evolve. His Spore Cloud Launcher helps him get in close by eliminating the Monster’s ability to smell. And Slim’s Healing Drone can be sent to distant teammates in need of health.
Sunny has a history with the Hunters: she previously worked with Abe and Parnell before the team arrived on Shear. As a support character, Sunny’s job is to protect the team. Her primary weapon is a Mininuke Grenade Launcher, which packs more punch in a single projectile than any other hand-wielded weapon in the game. She can deploy a Shield Drone to protect teammates while she fights, and she has a Jetpack Booster to use on teammates to quickly fly them away from trouble.
Behemoth is free for those who pre-ordered Evolve from participating retailers, and is also available separately. The four new Hunters are available for purchase individually or together as a part of the Evolve Hunting Season Pass.
Before you start facing off against Behemoth later this month, learn some tips to bring down Kraken, Evolve’s airborne Monster. Using aerial abilities to levitate and fly, Kraken uses dark energy to fight Hunters with bolts of lightning, banshee mines, a dangerous aftershock attack, and forceful vortex waves.
The most important thing for taking down Kraken in Evolve is just that — bringing him down out of the air by whatever means necessary. While any coordinated Hunter team can defeat Kraken, one good lineup to use is Abe, Parnell, Hank, and Val, though Cabot and Caira is a great Support/Medic combo against Kraken as well.
Use Val’s Tranquilizer and Abe’s Stasis Grenades to keep Kraken grounded and the odds in your favor. Because Kraken is so mobile, think of Hank’s Orbital Barrage as a defensive tool to deny Kraken mobility to specific areas and drive him towards your attacking teammates.
If you happen to be playing as Cabot instead of Hank, coordinate with Parnell to combo your Damage Amplifier with Parnell’s Super Soldier Serum to do a crazy amount of damage, even with Kraken aloft. Parnell’s abilities are skill shots, so it’s important for Parnell to remain accurate, but this combination can do a massive amount of damage in a short amount of time.
To avoid losing to Kraken, it’s important to stay separated in battle. Just one Level 3 Lightning Strike by Kraken can wipe out a group with low health or strikes against them, so never group up and conserve your jetpack fuel for quick getaways. If you happen to be playing as Caira, use the Acceleration Field to avoid Kraken’s attacks; the Lightning Strike takes a little time to charge, so use your jetpack and Acceleration Field to dodge it.
Finally, avoid enclosed spaces, as Kraken can be devastating when chaining attacks against multiple targets. A good Aftershock followed by a Vortex can be brutal in close quarters, significantly damaging or even incapping multiple Hunters at once.