This is the GameSentral Rewind, a weekday recap of the top gaming headlines.
Darwin Project relaunches as free-to-play game on Xbox One
Scavenger Studio has re-launched battle royale game Darwin Project as a free-to-play game on Xbox One.
Those who already paid for the game are being compensated with Founder’s Pack content in your inventory that’s available in your inventory with a lot of cosmetic items, including two “legendary” sets of items that have a shirt, pants, armor, helmet, boots, three axes, three bows, and a “full jumpsuit collection.” You also get 10 “fan gifts” that include other items you can use to customize your look and weapons.
The studio also added an in-game store where you can spend Ramen, Darwin Project’s in-game currency, on cosmetic items. Scavengers stressed that the items are cosmetic only and don’t affect gameplay.
“With our switch to free-to-play, we want to take care to specify that cosmetics in the item shop grant no competitive advantage, and Darwin Project will never become pay-to-win. These items are for looking good; only skill helps you win!”
Scavenger Studio, Darwin Project developer
The developer also called the shift in business model a “big change,” while also stressing that it doesn’t impact the game’s longer-term vision.
“Dropping the price tag is a big change, but we remain committed to the same vision that has guided the development for over three years, and that means providing the best experience we can for all Darwin Projectinmates. We hope that by switching to a free-to-play model, both early adopters and newcomers will be able to get the most out of Darwin Project.”
PUBG hits 8 million Xbox One players; new console bundle announced
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has crossed eight million players on Xbox One, according to Microsoft.
The game also now has a Xbox One X bundle that comes with a 1TB console, a copy of the game, an one-month Xbox Game Pass trial, and an one-month Xbox Live Gold trial. Everything else you’d need to get your battle royale fix is included as well including a wireless controller. The bundle retails for $500 at retailers, the same price as the standard package.
SNK’s arcade games coming to Switch in November
SNK is celebrating its 40th birthday by launching a bevy of retro games on the Switch, including Alpha Mission, Ikari Warriors, Athena, Guerrilla War, and Vanguard, among others. The titles already confirmed can be pre-ordered now as part of the Switch-exclusive pack.
The American Dream VR gets 4th of July update
Samurai Punk has released a free update for The American Dream VR in honor of the US’ Independence Day. The update lets players “show their pride while they play on this historic day and enjoy all things American like guns, flags, eagles, and more guns,” according to a press release from the developer.
Fallout 76’s ‘Country Roads’ comes to iTunes, proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity
Bethesda has made the cover of Take Me Home, Country Roads used in the trailer for Fallout 76 available on iTunes for $1, with the proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is best known for its work creating affordable housing, which is built with a combination of volunteer labor and sweat equity from the home’s eventual owners. The organization has its roots in a community farm outside of Americus, Georgia but recast itself in its present form in 1976. Since then, it’s been active in approximately 70 countries and has created homes for over 13 million people.
Fallout 76 launches November 14 on PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One.
Related viewing: Dj CUTMAN uploaded an electro remix of the track on YouTube today as a Fourth of July treat.