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Darwin Project goes free to play on Xbox One but not really

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A female character in Darwin Project looking up into the sky
Darwin Project

Scavengers Studio, the developer of Darwinist battle royale Darwin Project have announced the game going free to play on Microsoft's Xbox One, although as you're probably well aware by now, Microsoft's free is the "pay us" kind of free.

The dev is hoping to boost the game's playerbase so as of 04 July 2018, you can indulge in some forced social Darwinism, battle royale style. In case you're not familiar with the game, check out our preview where we found it to be quite inventive, even if the early access version had a few bugs here and there.

If you've already purchased the game, Scavengers Studio will throw in the Founder's Pack, which has a truckload of cosmetics and fan gifts. That's unless you want a refund for your Darwin Project, which seems to be doable by contacting Xbox' support team.

Darwin Project has been free to play on PC since April 2018 so it only made sense to follow it up with Xbox One f2p model. I'd usually comment how the move is sure to increase the game's population but there are more important things to discuss at the moment.

Namely, Darwin Project will still not be free, because you have to pay Microsoft for XBL Gold subscription. This is the case with Fortnite: Battle Royale as well, which is pretty ironic considering that these companies don't charge you for something they've worked so dearly on. 

This goes a lot to show the sort of PR games Microsoft is willing to pull, choosing to play the role of the good crossplay Samaritan lately. Crossplay or no crossplay, Sony have altered their model a while ago, removing the necessity for PSN subscriptions in order to play f2p titles.

Scavengers StudioA female character in Darwin Project looking up into the skyDarwin Project 

Ultimately though, I really do hope that Scavengers Studio and Darwin Project get a population boost but I suspect it will be greatly hindered by these limitation. So much about Microsoft smelling like a white crossplay mushroom. Yeah, go play with Nintendo, whatever.