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The Darwin Project is Now Free to Play

Posted Apr 20, 2018 by Suzie Ford

The Darwin Project is Now Free to Play

Scavengers Studio has announced that Darwin Project is now a free to play game in Steam Early Access. The game arrived on Steam Early Access in March and on XBox One Game Preview for $15. Since then, developers discovered that certain regions could not build a large enough player base to fill servers. As a result, the team decided to open up the game to "as many players as possible" according to the note posted on Steam.

Players who purchased the game will find several items in inventory by way of thanks for their faith in the game and there are signs that cosmetic items will soon arrive in some form of an in-game shop.

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 of out Darwin Project, we’ve decided to make it more accessible by removing the price tag.

Read the full notice on the Darwin Project Steam page.

You can also learn more in our alpha test preview.

For an Alpha Test this is one of the more successful alphas I’ve seen for an arena game.  The bugs were low, it was largely playable, and despite combat sorely needed refinement, it achieves a good mix of ephemerality and adventitiousness that will appeal to most action survival fans.  Will Scavengers Studios distill my fears on the combat in further tests? Only time will tell.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom