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Fortnite may have become the gold standard of Battle Royale as a free-to-play title with loot boxes. The smaller, 10-person battle arena Darwin Project is following suit.
Indie Canadian studio Scavengers Studio has officially shifted Darwin Project from a standard pay-once model into free-to-play, supported by cosmetic items. Darwin Project is available on PC (Steam), as well as Xbox One. Xbox version will become free to play sometime later this week.
Here’s the full statement from Creative Director Simon Darveau:
“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 of out 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.”
Players who previously purchased Darwin Project will receive the Founder’s Pack, containing a bunch of unique loot, on April 24. Those who would rather get a refund will have to go through Steam. Due to the shift in payment model, Steam is waiving the normal two-week time restriction on refunds.
Darwin Project launched earlier this year on March 9 via Steam Early Access and Xbox Games Preview. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
Trion Worlds has announced that its free-to-play, voxel-powered MMO Trove has surpassed 15 million players worldwide.
“Trove has been a labor of love for us here at Trion,” said Scott Hartsman, CEO of Trion Worlds. “The team has been pouring their hearts and souls into the game since 2013, and we couldn’t be more proud of them in hitting this milestone. We have a lot of awesome in store for Trove, and we want to thank the community for taking the ride with us. We owe it all to you!”
Trion Worlds has been tracking various stats since the game’s launch, and compiled some fun statistics below:
- 6,584,382,807 Blocks Placed
- 10,234,600,287 Blocks Destroyed
- 237,203,112 Quests Completed
- 4,520,061 Dragon Mounts Unlocked
- 352,837,481 Clubs Entered
- 119,881,221 Piñata Parties Thrown
- 161,977,123.98 Lifetime Hours Across All Players
- 18,490.54 Lifetime Years Across All Players
- 184.91 Lifetime Centuries Across All Players
Trove’s open beta began in 2014, and launched on PC in 2015. It arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One late 2016 and expanded to China last year. It’s coming to Japan this year and is currently available in eight different languages, with more on the way.
Trion Worlds has teased large content updates coming in 2018, including one that will “change the Trove universe in an enormous way that no one will expect.”
Trove is free to download and play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam and TroveGame.com. It’s rated E for Everyone.
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