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Survive With a Buddy in New Duo Mode for Darwin Project

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Indie Canadian developer Scavengers Studio has officially added two player co-op to their Battle Royale survival game, Darwin Project. Darwin Project is still in Early Access on Steam and Xbox Games Preview. Duo Mode has been added to PC, but still forthcoming on Xbox.

Darwin Project has seen a number of updates since its Early Access launch last month. Most recently is skill-based matchmaking, which should hopefully make for higher quality matches and not pit newbies against veterans.

“Players just starting out in the arena should still have a fighting chance, especially on Steam where some inmates have been practicing since the Closed Alpha days and have reached brutal levels of skill,” writes Simon Darveau, creative director, in a blog post. “It’s important for us that Darwin Project be as welcoming as possible, and to motivate new players to continue improving and refining their techniques, we want to avoid placing them in the same match as highly experienced players when possible.”

The update is live on both PC and Xbox, and Scavengers Studio explains it’s an algorithm system that will improve over time.

The special egg hunt Easter event is also going on this week, ending Friday, April 6. Players can find decorated eggs scattered around the arena. Collect enough and they can unlock frighteningly garish egg and rabbit-themed hats.

Darwin Project launched in March via Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview. It features a 10-person arena, with a Show Director helping or hindering players, and unique live-streaming integration. It’s due to officially launch later this year.

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Darwin Project Coming to Xbox and PC Early Access Next Week

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Scavengers Studio has announced the Early Access release date for Darwin Project: March 9. It will be available via Steam Early Access and Xbox Games Preview. The price was also revealed: $14.99.

March 9 will be the first time Darwin Project will be playable on the Xbox One. All the familiar features present in the PC betas will be available to Xbox players, including all the latest changes and updates that arrived in the most recent open beta.

Spectator Interactions were a big hit during the beta last weekend. They allow for viewers on Twitch and Mixer to vote on choices and influence the Show Director. The Show Director ultimately decides whom to bestow buffs upon and which zones to nuke, creating a dynamic Battle Royale battlefield.

In addition to the Show Interactions, the latest 1.7 patch added a rating system for Show Directors, private matches, map fixes, and general gameplay improvements.

For insight into recent developer progress and beta feedback, check out the Darwin Project Reddit AMA thread.

Darwin Project will be available via Steam Early Access and Xbox Games Preview on March 9. It has not yet been rated but should fall somewhere around T for Teen, not including the colorful interactions provided by online multiplayer.

 

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Play the Final Darwin Project Open Beta Test this Weekend

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The Hunger Games-like Darwin Project is hosting its second, and final, open beta this weekend on PC. To jump in simply download the game from Steam. The beta ends Monday, February 26 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

Over 80,000 beta testers played the first open beta earlier this year, including me. Canadian developer Scavengers Studio has been implementing feedback with their latest 1.7 patch. Highlights include Twitch spectator interactions, password-protected private matches, and a number of changes and improvements to the Show Director role.

In Darwin Project, 10 players compete in a free-for-all match in a dangerous arena. It’s mini-Battle Royale, with the last player alive crowned the winner. An eleventh player takes on the role of the Show Director, with the ability to spawn useful items, bestow helpful buffs, and rain down terror on the competing players.

New 1.7 changes include a rating system that directly affects the Show Director’s powers to help curb abusive Show Directors or those who show too much favoritism to friends.

The game has been a big hit thanks to its user interaction with streaming. The Twitch Spectator Interactions are a new feature, previously only available on Mixer. A livestreaming Show Director can allow their viewers to vote on what to do, and whom to do it to. It’s the Hunger Games, but with less revolution and romance.

Darwin Project is due to hit Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview within the coming months. The final open beta ends Monday, February 26 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.