Turtle Rock is calling it Evolve Stage 2. That’s window dressing. Evolve, 2015’s asymmetrical multiplayer shooter from a lot of folks who developed Left 4 Dead, is now free-to-play on PC via Steam. It’s a free game with microtransactions, something fans have been asking for since the title’s launch.

The company made the announcement after pulling the premium version from Steam early this week. A sincere letter was drafted and posted to the Turtle Rock Studio’s forums by Co-Founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb. They explain a ton in that post, including stuff like gameplay tweaks for the hardcore Evolve fans looking to see their title re-balanced. They start, though, by recognizing that Evolve wasn’t the success they thought it would be.

After talking about how many awards the game won at shows like E3 and Gamescom, the Co-Founders said this:

Then, when Evolve launched, the reception wasn’t what we expected. Sure, there were some good reviews. There were also bad reviews. Yes, there was excitement. There was also disappointment – for players and for us. The DLC shitstorm hit full force and washed away people’s enthusiasm, dragging us further and further from that first magical pick-up-and-play experience.

We want that magic back and we aim to make it happen. We’ve made a lot of changes, improvements and additions to Evolve over the past year and we’ve got a lot more coming. In short, we’re giving this game a vigorous overhaul!

They also concisely announced the now free nature of the game.

It means we’ve been listening and now we’re taking Evolve in the direction that a lot of you have suggested since the beginning. We’re making Evolve free on PC. No buy-in or box required.

Making Evolve free on PC is going to be a process that takes time and a lot of hard work, but we believe in Evolve and we believe in you, our players and want to do what’s best for both!

Already own Evolve? They’ve got you covered, too.

Anyone who owns classic Evolve will be given “Founder” status in the new free version, and all the content you already own comes with you to the new version. As long as we work on Evolve, we will show our appreciation for our committed fans and early adopters with gifts, rewards, and special access. Why? Because you believed like we did, and we will never forget that.

Will you try Evolve now? Has the convinced you to give it another crack?