Happy New Year, everyone!

I wanted to make some announcements about our pricing, crowdfunding, and merchandise.

First things first:

Party+ is now $4.99 a month
We lowered the price of Party+ from $9.99 to $4.99 a month. Party+ makes it even easier to play games online together with friends. If one (or more) of your friends routinely has a blue relayed connection or shows “offline,” Party+ can take care of a lot of the configuration problems that make those two things happen.

If you already subscribe to Party+, your account will be charged the new, lower price automatically the next time your subscription renewed. You won’t have to do anything.

If you got renewed on January 1 or January 2 please open a ticket and we’ll make it right.

We are reducing the prominence of Helix, our crowdfunding package
We really, really appreciate the money everyone has donated to us via the Helix program. This money kept Evolve on life support for mamu and dreijer. Without your support, Evolve wouldn’t have made it long enough for adam to get Team Two up and running.

That being said, we are going to reduce how important (and how visible) this program is. We’ve already done a few things:

  1. We reduced the amount of money we request every month.
  2. We are removing the “nag” screen from the client. We don’t like those kinds of things, and we suspect you don’t, either. Expect this change to happen in the next beta release, 1.9.3.
  3. We have removed some references of the Helix donation program from key screens on the Web site.

Eventually we are going to do away with Helix altogether, so if you want Helix flare, donate now! Those who have donated in the past will get to keep their flare long after Helix is put to rest.


Evolve Merchandise
We heard your feedback about wanting to buy Evolve stickers, shirts, and other merchandise without donating via Helix.

Sometime next week we will launch our eCommerce site. We’ll only sell stickers at first, but we’ll add two different styles of Evolve t-shirts soon after.

We are also investigating custom Evolve keycaps for mechanical keyboards. Stay tuned.