Evolve is on a roll. After picking up a best of show nod at E3, it's just gone and done the exact same thing at Gamescom this year. If Evolve wasn't on your list of games to get a little bit excited about, now's as good a time as any to, for want of a better term, 'get hype'.
Evolve also took out awards for best console game on Xbox, best online multiplayer game, best game on PC and best action game. That is quite the haul.
The other big winner at Gamescom was Super Smash Bros. which took out the most wanted consumer award and best mobile game award — I'm going to guess that the best mobile game award includes handheld games.
As you might expect, the folks behind Evolve were rather stoked with the award.
"We are blown away by the positive reception for Evolve from both the critics and the consumers here at Gamescom," said Phil Robb, the game's creative director. "Winning the ‘Best of Show’ award at both E3 and Gamescom in the same year is humbling and exhilarating."
Nice statement. He took a second to remind everyone that Evolve also won best of show at E3. Good work Phil.
Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K, also took this chance to totally rub it in.
"It’s encouraging to see the level of excitement for Evolve rise constantly," said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "The team at Turtle Rock Studios is creating something very special with this new IP that we believe will deliver one of the most unique and engaging next-gen experiences early next year."
But it is heartening to see a game like Evolve rack up the awards and the attention. I love its unique, asymmetrical high concept. I love the fact that it's a brand new game and not a sequel. All in all, Evolve is a healthy thing: it's a positive indicator that the AAA experience needn't be part of some money spinning annual cycle. I'm hoping we'll see a whole host of new series to get excited about with the coming generation of consoles. Looks like Evolve might actually be one of the first to deliver.
You can find the complete list of winners here.