Montreal is booming with indie studios but what sets Scavenger Studios apart from the lot: The Darwin Project.
Today is the first day the doors open for Pax East, Boston, and one of our neighbor indie developer, Scavenger Studios, is set up and ready to showcase the first ever public demo of their latest title, The Darwin Project. Schedule for launch on Steam Greenlight later this fall, the game offers a unique re-imagining of the arena-based Survival and/or Battle Royal genre. The Darwin Project pins players against one another in a Northern Canadian Rockies artic landscape in a dystopian future, where the spectators also have an important role to play.
What makes The Darwin Project so unique? The game creates a tension between players fueled by the thrill of the hunt. Not only are you the hunter, but you are also hunted, which adds a significant layer of stress for survival. Additionally, they audience can participate by adding their input, granting them God-like powers over the arena. At the moment, details as too how the spectators can participate has yet to be unveiled. The Darwin Project is also designed to feel like a reality show. You better find a way to please the audience!
There are several things that define and differentiate The Darwin Project, from the ‘manhunt’ predator/prey aspect, the addition of a reality show setting and Show Director (and Game Master mode), and the direct influence spectators have on the game’s outcome.
We introduce the Game Master mode. The Show Director is not just a normal spectator mode, as he has powers to affect the arena in real time during the match. We are not yet releasing specific details about what the Show Director can do, as we have filed for a technology patent, but The Darwin Project goes is unlike other games on the market which rely on and AI system to control the match.
The Darwin Project considers, involves and is designed with the forgotten audience – the spectator – in mind. Spectators influence and affect the outcome.
As opposed to the other titles in this category, The Darwin Project is not a realistic military shooter.
Instead, it offers beautiful colorful universe and focus on the gameplay to offer a rich, varied and tight player experience (thanks in part to the creative comic book artists on the Scavengers team). Additionally, The Darwin Project will not have as much graphic violence or M-17 game play as most of our competitors (there will be blood trails, but no explicit violence).
How are PAX East attendees going to react to such a ground-breaking and unique game? We will keep you in the loop as the show goes on.
Stay tuned for further information about The Darwin Project and the team behind it, Scavenger Studios.