Scavenger's Studio's Darwin Project is Going Free to Play on Steam.
The Battle Royale game has been in Steam's Early Access for a while now and the studio has officially announced that they are switching to the free to play business model, making it free to all Steam users. Simply download the game and you are all set to participate in the experiment.
Here's what Simon Darveau, Creative Director of the Darwin Project:
“We’ve said from the start that we’re committed to creating a fresh and exciting experience for Darwin Project players and viewers. With features like the Show Director who serves as a master of ceremonies, Spectator Interactions that let viewers directly interact with streams, and an emphasis on tracking that ensures players are always within arm’s reach of a tense confrontation, we still believe Darwin Project offers a quality experience unlike any other battle royale game out there.
“We’ve been fortunate to have a core community of players join us at a very early stage, with many still supporting us during Early Access, and the last thing we want to do is let those passionate players down. Lately, members of our community have reported longer queue times and difficulty finding matches in lesser populated servers. To bring in new players and maintain a level of activity that ensures players are able to get the most out of Darwin Project, we’ve decided to make it more accessible by removing the price tag.
“We’re aware that it’s a big change, and we want to reiterate that we’re remaining true to Darwin Project’s vision as we move forward,”
Those that bought the game previously will receive a Founders Pack for their troubles, which contains 2 Legendary sets, 3 Legendary Axes, 3 Legendary Bows, a full jumpsuit collection, and 5 Fan Gifts. These items should be in your inventory starting April 24.
This week, Darwin Project will be updated with over 200 cosmetic items for players to customize their character. The studio has confirmed that there will be no competitive advantage on sale with the game now in Free to Play.
Darwin Project was first announced back in E3 2017. It pits 10 players into an arena to fend for themselves in a harsh cold environment, a battle royale game where the last person standing wins. The kicker here is that there's an 11th player playing the role as The Show Director, who has the ability to spectate the whole match, communicate with each player. You can either help one player or try to kill another, the Show Director has the chance to steer the outcome of the match together with other viewers if he so happens to be a streamer as well.
I've played a good amount of the game back in the closed beta days and it was fun and disturbing all at the same time. Since the release of the game in Steam's Early Access program, Scaveners studio has implemented Duo Mode, skill-based matchmaking, limited-time events, and other gameplay improvements.