Charles Darwin didn’t personally coined the phrase “survival of the fittest.” Nevertheless, it’s been associated with him for over a century and applied to all kinds of fields outside of biological evolution. Most notably, video games of an overcrowded genre — battle royales, for instance — have been engaged in a Darwinian struggle for survival for years now, and the one that bears Darwin’s name has just succumbed to natural selection.

Scavengers Studio, makers of Darwin Project, announced yesterday that it has “decided to stop developing new features for the game,” with last month’s update being the game’s last. Despite several updates, a free-to-play transition two years ago, and arrival on the PS4 earlier this year, the game was “unable to sustain itself.” As stated by studio founders Simon Darveau and Amélie Lamarche:

“We have assessed all potential solutions and scenarios, but unfortunately, Darwin Project is unable to sustain itself thus forcing us to come to this very difficult decision. We are still very proud to see what had started as a scribble on a piece of paper become a fully released game that has reached millions of players.”

Servers for the game will remain online “at least through to the end of the year” so you’ve still got plenty of time if you want to hop into the game on PC or PS4. It’s actually still reasonably populated — over 200 players on Steam — so it’s not exactly a wasteland where you’ll be totally unable to find a match, as often is the case with games that are placed in similar situations.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

2 COMMENTS

  1. It’s just another Battle Royale fad. I think the developers should have expected a similar scenario when they were still picking a theme for their game. Battle Royale are fads that die out in a year or so. Instead create a traditional shooter with game modes like Search & Destroy, Team Deathmatch and the game will have a lot bigger chances to survive.

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