It wasn’t that long ago that we only had H1Z1 as a popular Battle Royale game. However, the appearance of PUBG changed all that, inspiring many developers to try their hand at the genre. The latest example is Darwin Project designed by Scavengers Studio. Although it is still in the Early Access phase of development, it shows potential, so let’s see what we might expect from this game.
Can You Win the Reality Show?
You will be playing as one of ten players participating in a “last man standing” reality show. Unlike some other games (hint Fortnite and PUBG) look crowded with 100 gamers on the map, the developers decided on a smaller number of players. However, that probably won’t affect the length of a single session, which can last up to 30 minutes.
The reason for that is the element of survival in which you need to fight against the environment. The BR reality show in Darwin Project takes place “up north” where ice age is only days away. Aside from considering how to outlive your opponents, you need to find a way to keep warm. Crafting clothes, for example, is an excellent way to do this. Alternatively, you can chop some trees and light a fire. However, that puts you at high risk because someone might notice the smoke. You need to be very careful while playing because clues such as leaving the crafting boxes and trees lying around can also give you away.
The Director Mode
This game is a sweet mixture of survival, hunting and tracking and classic BR genre. However, the most creative addition seems to be the Director Mode. This feature adds an 11th player to the mix as the director of the reality show. The twist is that they can affect the outcome of the match. For example, you can create a loot chest for someone to pick up to help them to craft new weapons. Other options include putting someone target on their back (activating manhunt) or close particular zones for access.
The director is represented by a drone flying around and overseeing the game. The problem lies in the appropriate balance and possible unfair advantage. Directors can not only affect the outcome, but more often than not, they also decide it. However, we will give them a free pass on this issue and hope that it will be ironed out for the full version.
There is only one available map at the moment. While that is not such a big problem, the fact that it can get boring at times is. After all, everything is covered with snow, which can limit your options. However, the graphics are fantastic, and the cartoonish animations are right on the money.