Torrenting is alive and well, as the many who watched the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight illegally last night can attest to, but while users tend to torrent games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it’s rare to see a torrent of a game from the developer themselves. Acid Wizard Studio, the minds behind the top-down horror game Darkwood, have announced that their game is available now on Pirate Bay.
What began as one user’s reason given for refunding the game lead the team to make it available for free, with the hopes that players who enjoy the game and want to support what the studio is doing will purchase the game via Steam, Humble Store, or GOG. Their stipulation:
“Please, please, don’t buy it through any key reselling site. By doing that, you’re just feeding the cancer that is leeching off this industry.”
They’ve also assured players that the download is the latest version of the game (1.0 hotfix 3) and is completely DRM-free, with no added extras or catches. They even avoided adding pirate hats. The download is intended to give players who may not have the means safe access to their beautiful and unique take on the genre.
Darkwood is only a little more than a week old, having launched officially on August 17, but with “overwhelmingly positive” reviews on Steam, it’s clear to see that players are loving the game. It is available now on Steam for $14.99. You can check out the game’s official release trailer here, as well as a haunting live-action trailer here.