You can never have too much battle royale in your life. This is just common knowledge, and good thing too, as battle royale games are a dime a dozen right now, and that's even before the big AAA titles hit the schedule with their takes on the popular PvP trend.
Case in point: Darwin Project, a battle royale title that's been in limited Early Access on Steam and Xbox One for some time, has now launched on the latter as a free to play game, available to all players from today. Simply hop onto the game's store page and give it a download to start up the last-man-standing death matches right now, without expending a penny.
Developer Scavenger Studio originally intended to release the game as a paid digital product but, after recognising trends in the battle royale genre (hint, hint: Fortnite), the company duly adapted its business model to improve Darwin Project's chances on the market. Those who previously paid in to enjoy Darwin Project in Early Access will receive a Founder's Pack full of bonus goodies, as Scavenger's retroactive way of making amends.
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Darwin Project is a much smaller title than the likes of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale, pitting only 10 players (as opposed to the usual 100) against each other in a small arena that slowly but surely closes in on itself. The game also features a greater focus on survival, with the cold weather conditions as much a blight on player health as the guerilla-style combat.
Meanwhile, the integration of stream-based gameplay - in which Twitch participants can activate certain environmental hazards and events during matches - is a novelty that's yet to show its true potential, but hopefully this transition to Xbox One can start to fix that complaint.
Having played a handful of matches on PC, it's clear that Darwin Project is a very different and more intimate experience than its genre peers, but a fun way to pass the time nonetheless. At the very least, try it out for yourself and see if it's something you could enjoy as a viable alternative to the battle royale big hitters. And hey, with that price tag, it's not like you'll feel any buyer's remorse if it rubs you up the wrong way.