The game has recently been stress-testing for PC and things must have progressed very nicely as it’s been announced that the battle royale title from Scavenger Studios will launch on March 9 for Xbox Game Preview, where it’ll continue to develop and grow with the help of early adopters.
The Darwin Project is yet another title in a genre that’s been blowing up in gaming, but it’s no mere imitator as it thankfully looks to forge its own distinct identity. A ten player skirmish in an incredibly harsh climate where players would be wise to cow-tail to the Show Director, a player controlled overseer role capable of buffing and tearing down competitors at will, making for a very unpredictable blood-sport.
The team behind the game has detailed the game’s three different roles.
“As a Contestant
When you join as a contestant, you’re one of ten players fighting in the arena in hopes of being the only one left alive. You’ll face off against the other inmates using a bow and axe, and if you’re lucky enough to score some electronics, you can also add tools like energy shields to your arsenal. But remember that everything you do, from building a fire to crafting items, leaves clues behind that can be used to track you to your current location.
As the Show Director
Entering the match as the Show Director allows to you oversee the entire arena aboard a drone and unleash special powers like nukes, zone closures, and gravity storms. As a kind of master of ceremonies, your goal in the Show Director seat is to spice up the match and provide extra entertainment for both players and spectators. We’re excited to see what types of Show Director styles the Xbox community comes up with!
As a Spectator
Tune in to streaming platforms like Mixer and support your favourite broadcasters who are playing as Show Director. Each time the Show Director uses a power, they can let their stream viewers vote on the target. The power is then automatically unleashed on the zone or player that obtained the most votes. Contestants will often compete for the favour of the audience as they try to survive both the cold and each other, and that’s where you come in!”
It certainly sounds like a fresh enough take on the genre. Those looking to opt-in as The Darwin Project begins its early access journey will be met with a pretty reasonable $14.99 USD price tag.