Scavenger Studio's Darwin Project is now available through Steam's Early Access and Microsoft's Xbox Preview program.
For those unfamiliar with the survival battle royal game, here's its official description from the developer:
“The Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. It’s called the “Darwin Project” and it challenges participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena. The Darwin Project offers a competitive multiplayer third person survival experience featuring at its core a new gameplay innovation: the manhunt. In his or her path to victory, a player must survive extreme environmental conditions, track opponents, and set traps in order to win.”
I've spent a good amount of time with Darwin Project during its closed beta. Its unique Show Director feature lets you steer the outcome of the match and makes for a unique take on the battle royale style of gameplay that's been growing in popularity.
Before heading to Early Access, the studio released a cross-livestream feature update. This update improves the voting participation of those watching the match. According to Scavenger Studio, most Darwin Project streamers were playing as contestants, and around 90% of the match viewers were tuned in to their streams. The update now lets their viewers, not just those of the Show Director's, participate in affecting the outcome of the match.