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.
My Time at Portia is a Stardew Valley-like farming sim, in 3D. It’s currently available via Steam Early Access, and recently saw a major update by Chinese developer Pathea Games and publisher Team17. My Time at Portia is due to launch later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch.
The new update adds livestock, which I’d think would be a pretty high priority for a farming sim. Players can now raise sheep, chicken ducks, and cows, harvesting eggs and milk and breeding them. Horse riding has also been added, including romantic horse rides with your favorite NPCs.
Note that you can only rent horses right now. The ability to raise and ride your own horse will be added in a future update.
A museum has also been added to Portia, along with a new story mission. Complete the mission to open the museum, and get paid to donate relics.
More new features include a new dungeon in the desert region, stargazing dating mini-game, and two new shops.
A limited demo of My Time at Portia has recently been added to Steam. Unfortunately any progress made in the demo does not carry over should you purchase the full game.
My Time at Portia released on Steam Early Access earlier this year.
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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