Acid Wizard Studio is giving away a free copy of their game via torrent, no catches. According to the developers who released their story on Imgur, they are giving away their game so that people who don’t have the money can still play it.
Darkwood, the game being given away, is a horror game played from a top-down perspective. The game just came out of Early Access last month and has earned a “Very Positive” rating on Steam. The game comes with a price tag of $14.99 on Steam, GOG and the Humble Store which is a little pricey compared to other indie games. However, given the quality that can be seen from the trailer, the price point seems fair. You can watch the trailer below.
While the developers are giving away their game, they also encourage buying the game through the legal channels and not through key resellers.
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.
Key resellers refer to websites like G2A that buy and sell game keys. While you can buy legitimate keys from G2A, it is a platform that is prone to abuse. Many users who have bought game keys from key resellers have had the games removed from their account due to fraud. This usually happens when a stolen credit card gets used to buy a bunch of keys and then gets sold to key resellers like G2A. When the victim realizes the theft, the victim issues a chargeback on their bank and the end result is the key being deemed illegitimate and the game getting removed the the key buyers account.
According to the developers, the game is selling wat above their expectations and, in just over a month, it has already sold half the amount it has sold over three years of Early Access.