By Jim Rossignol on January 11th, 2012 at 10:30 am.
You might be aware of Evolve, which has quietly been developing in closed beta up until today. It’s a fairly neat piece of software for gamers: an open gaming platform with various functionality such as chat, VOIP, partying systems with integrated VPN, stats and achievement tracking, and so on. With the big companies trying to corner their bit of the PC market with their own digital download system and accompanying social doohickeys – Steam, Origin, Battle.net etc – this is one way to centralise your social gaming stuff while remaining independent of a publisher’s platform. I mean, hell, I only use one IM chat client, and this serves much the same purpose. Evolve’s mandate is to offer a system that exists alongside the diversity of PC games and digital distribution systems, offering the various systems you might want and it’s a pretty good attempt at doing that. It even has screenshot and video recording in there. As an overlay it already offers a bit more functionality than Steam, especially with older games that can use VPN setups. It still needs a lot of work, but it’s worth taking a look at the open beta, is what I am saying. Evolve have created a special RPS group sign up page here.