While most game developers are usually resentful when it comes to Piracy and Torrents, Acid Wizard Studios have an entirely different approach, and it’s one that actually benefits the industry. Darkwood is an absolutely fantastic horror game with no jump scares, but tons of moody atmosphere and tense gameplay. We ourselves have played it and got really freaked out by it. But if you can’t afford the game right now, here’s what the developers have to say:
We’ve also been flooded by emails! There’s more of them than we are able to reply to, actually. The sad thing is, that a lot of those are scam emails. You know, when people claim to be a youtuber or blogger and ask for a Steam key. That key then gets sold through a shady platform. To be honest, we’re fed up with it. This practice makes it impossible for us to do any giveaways or send keys to people who actually don’t have the money to play Darkwood.
Steam lets you refund a game if you haven’t played it for more than 2 hours, and as a developer we can see the reason why people refunded it. When we read the explanation from someone who wrote that he needed the refund because he didn’t want his parents to be stressed out when seeing the bill at the end of the month… well, it made us feel quite bad.
So we decided to do something about it! If you don’t have the money and want to play the game, we have a safe torrent on the Pirate Bay of the latest version of Darkwood (1.0 hotfix 3), completely DRM-free. There’s no catch, no added pirate hats for characters or anything like that. We have just one request: if you like Darkwood and want us to continue making games, consider buying it in the future, maybe on a sale, through Steam, GOG or Humble Store. But 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.
Now that’s a game developer that really deserves to be supported and lauded for taking such a positive and consumer friendly step.
Here’s the gameplay trailer showing pure footage from Darkwood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S3tmWfFACQ
You can find Darkwood here (PC, Mac, Linux): https://store.steampowered.com/app/274520/Darkwood/
Here’s the link to the torrent: https://thepiratebay.org/torrent/18469605/Darkwood_-_hotfix_3_(developer_s_torrent)
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