Dark Vale games recently announced that Forge will be adopting the free-to-play business model. As of August 19, 10 AM PDT, everyone is able to download and play the game for free on steam.
The main reason behind going F2P was to boost the games population. Along with the F2P came many new features. Among those features was a new armor store, that enables players to customize their appearance.
Going F2P doesn’t mean the game will become Pay-to-Win. The company made a promise of never going Pay-to-Win, and they seem to be determined to keep that promise.
You can read the official announcement here.