Battle royale games are all the rage nowadays, with titles like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds standing as two of the most popular online games in recent memory. As with other video game trends, a lot of other developers are hoping to get a piece of the pie, and that includes Scavengers, the studio behind the upcoming battle royale game The Darwin Project.
First announced during Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference, The Darwin Project is a console launch exclusive for Xbox One that will be available through the Game Preview program beginning Friday, March 9 for $14.99. The game has 10 players battling it out in extreme weather conditions to see who can be the last one standing.
In The Darwin Project, players can be eliminated in a variety of ways. For example, opponents can take each other out with standard weapons, or they can play more defensively and see if the cold weather can kill their enemies for them. Players can also be eliminated thanks to the intervention of the show director and audience members.
Besides the 10 players competing in the actual battle royale, another player can take on the role of show director and influence the battles, not unlike the Game Maker from The Hunger Games. As the show director, players are mainly able to do things to try to bring players into the same zone, which can consist of destroying or closing off other zones in the game.
Audience members, meanwhile, are people who are simply watching the game on a streaming platform, like Mixer on Xbox One. They will then be able to influence certain events in the game as well, such as voting on which zone will be impacted by a choice made by the director. For example, the show director may decide to launch a nuclear bomb, and the audience members can decide where that bomb will land.
With its focus on audience interaction and smaller, 10 person battles, The Darwin Project does sound like it is bringing some unique ideas to the battle royale genre. Whether or not these ideas are enough to make it as popular as PUBG or Fortnite remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see if this game can carve out a dedicated fan base of its own.
The Darwin Project will be available in early access on March 9 for PC and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer