After a lengthy stint in Steam Early Access and Xbox Games Preview, Darwin Project is ready for prime time. It’s officially out of Early Access on both platforms, and available on PlayStation 4 for the first time.

Darwin Project, like Hunger Games, is set in a dystopian future where participants in a reality show must survive each other, and the environment, in the classic multiplayer format.

Darwin Project puts a twist on the multiplayer last-person-standing Battle Royale formula with the Show Director. One player takes on the role of the omnipotent director, in charge of overseeing each player and, most importantly, the Thunderdome environment itself. The Show Director also has the power to drop supportive items and equipment, showing favor to certain players, and ruining others.

The Show Director is encouraged to use the streaming integration, letting a live audience vote on the fate of the participants.

While in Early Access, Scavengers Studio added several content updates and balance patches. Players can now choose among three different loadouts to determine their specialization. Jet Wings grant a limited form of flight, Grapple Gauntlet gives a mechanized grappling hook for quick traversal, while the Headhunter Drone adds a robot companion to track targets.

Darwin Project is available on PC (Steam), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s free-to-play with an in-game cosmetics shop.


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