Darwin Project, a multiplayer battle royale game that's currently in Steam early access, is going free-to-play. That means when the game gets a full release in Summer 2018, it'll be competing directly against the free-to-play battle royale titan Fortnite.
Darwin Project is looking to carve out its own identity in the increasingly-crowded battle royale niche, though. The game takes place in in the snowy Canadian north, which means players have to survive whatever frozen nonsense Nature dishes out in addition to dodging axes and arrows from other "contestants." Darwin Project also boasts a strong social element that lets viewers interact directly with streamers as spectators or Show Directors.
It's true: #DarwinProject is now free to play on Steam! Our early adopters will find a lovely Founder's Pack in their inventories on April 24. It's a big change, but our vision for Darwin Project remains the same. Welcome to all the new players! pic.twitter.com/k2Cl5zQHkg— Darwin Project Now FREE (@ScavengerStudio) April 20, 2018
Darwin Projects' developers, Scavengers Studio, made the announcement about the game going free-to-play late last week via Twitter as well as on its Steam page. Anyone who put down money on Darwin Project can look forward to a "Founder's Pack" full of goodies (including a set of "Montreal Warrior" hockey gear). You should find the pack in your inventory tomorrow (April 24). If you'd rather have your money back, Scavengers Studio is honoring refunds starting next week, regardless of how long you've had the game.
A separate Tweet by Scavengers confirms Darwin Project will be free on Xbox One next week, too. Will Darwin Project be able to find an audience in the increasingly-crowded battle royale marketplace that recently saw Cliff Bleszinski's Radical Heights pop into being? So far Darwin Project's garnered a "Very Positive" rating on Steam, so that might be reason enough to keep your eye on this beaut, eh.