Darwin Project is now free to play on PC

After just over a month since its Early Access release on Steam, Darwin Project developer Scavengers Studio has decided to knock the game’s price down. All the way down. Taking a page out of Epic’s Fortnite playbook, the intriguing new contender in the battle royale genre is now free to play for Steam users.

“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,” said Scavengers Studio creative director Simon Darveau Lately in a statement on the official Darwin Project page. “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.”

If you’ve already paid for the game you might feel a little burned by this, especially with the switch to a free to play model happening so soon after launch. For those people, Scavengers Studio put together a bundle of in-game content as compensation. It’s called the Founder’s Pack, and it includes two MTL Legendary sets, three Legendary Axes, three Legendary Bows, a full jumpsuit collection, and five Fan Gifts.

If fancy new outfits and other cosmetic items don’t do it for you, you can grab a refund via Steam instead. If you’ve been thinking of picking up the game via Xbox One Game Preview, I’d suggest you hold back for now – it’s only the Steam version of Darwin Project which is free at the moment, but Scavengers Studio has confirmed that the Xbox One version will follow suit, promising an update next week.