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Darwin Project Hosting an Open Beta Weekend - Whatcha Waitin' For?

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If you've been keeping tabs on the Darwin Project, you'll finally get a chance to try out the game thanks to an open beta event slated to begin on Friday, January 19th and run through Sunday, January 21st. This marks the first time the public is invited to the game, though it has undergone a number of closed alphas and playtest phases prior to now.

One of the key highlights of the weekend is the addition of "live spectator interactions". Players stream their in-game shenanigans and viewers can "directly influence the game by voting on decisions and see the results of their votes live".

What is the Darwin Project?

Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. It's called "Darwin Project" and it challenges 10 participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena.  MANHUNT & SURVIVAL:  Track the position of enemies, by using environmental clues they left behind and be creative with your use of crafted traps to take the upperhand. The biting cold of the Northern Canadian Rockies will also slowly freeze you should you be careless. SHOW DIRECTOR: The Show Director is the living bridge between the players and spectators. He/She is the host and master who controls the arena with nuclear bombs, zone closures, gravity storms, and the power of their voice. This could be a real tool of self discovery; the start of your new career as a charming but deadly game show host.  LIVE SPECTATOR INTERACTIONS: Stream viewers on Mixer* can also bet live on the competitors they think will reign supreme, in addition to helping the Show Director choose targets for their arena-shaping powers. Whether they’re voting on which player deserves a death-defying heal or which zone to nuke, it’s time for spectators to become active participants in the manhunt! 

Check out the Darwin Project Steam page or the official site for more information.


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom