Darwin Project takes the battle royale genre up north, where an impending ice age has given rise to a twisted new reality show in which ten participants must fight to the death under the Show Director's gaze.
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Release Date:
Mar 9, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We’re not making just any battle royale game; we’re building fresh features like the Show Director who serves as a master of ceremonies, Spectator Interactions that let viewers directly interact with streams, and we’re tightening up the whole experience with an emphasis on tracking that ensures players are always within arm’s reach of a tense confrontation.

From the first playtests, we knew that player feedback would be key to optimizing these systems. Because Darwin Project leans so heavily into social interaction, the best way for us to realize our vision for the game is to have an active community exploring its features and taking part in a variety of encounters―either as contestants, Show Directors, or spectators. We’re really proud of what we’ve built so far and look forward to continue improving Darwin Project with the help of our Steam Early Access players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We will launch Darwin Project out of Early Access when all its systems meet our quality targets for fun factor, balancing, and polish. We’ll take the time we need, but we estimate to launch around summer 2018.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“For the full version, our main objectives are perfecting Darwin Project’s key features, like the Show Director and Spectator Interactions, and increasing the scope of the game with new features, game modes, tools, Show Director powers, and more.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version contains Solo mode, Private Matches, Spectator Interactions on both Twitch and Mixer, dedicated servers, anti-cheat measures, and more. Darwin Project’s core gameplay is proven and solid, and it’ll only keep getting better.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We do not plan to increase the price when Darwin Project leaves Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We have already received great feedback from the thousands of players who participated in Alpha and Beta tests, as well as the friends and family members who join us in smaller-scale technical playtests regularly. We’ll keep monitoring feedback closely across all our channels and working hand in hand with the Darwin Project community to create a heart-pounding battle royale game that isn’t afraid to inject new ideas into the genre.”
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March 19

Player's wishlist

Hey guys!

We believe that the future of video games will merge gamers with their community in a whole new level. The game was designed from the ground up around a simple premise: creating the first gaming show. To create a new and innovative experience, we are building this project hands and hands with the community since September 6th, 2016.

By joining Darwin Project, you won’t be simply be sitting on passenger seat, you be a co-pilot as the way play, speak and behave will have a real impact on the future of the project.
By reading all your feedback, comments and ideas, it help us envision and draw in our mind a picture of what the game could be - and of what you collectively want to see evolve.

Why do we look at all of this?
By answering your feedbacks, we will help you understand our decisions and give you more insights on our creative direction and motivation. This process is the first step toward understanding each other better. The more we will, the better we’ll be at pushing the project to its full potential!

What will we do with this ?
On a second post (see Dev answer post) we’ll give you feedback on some of the requests that were made to inform you guys of where we are going.

Feel free to add any feature wishes and game design crazy idea you might have in this section :
Darwin Project > General Discussions > Topic Details > Player's Wishlist

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March 15

Patch Notes 1.8.1

Hello inmates,

Thanks again for an awesome launch! Today’s patch notes aren’t quite as meaty as usual, but rest assured that we’ve been busy planning upcoming content. In case you missed it during yesterday’s Darwin Project Invitational, we’ll have a status update about Duos mode for you next week!

Here’s what’s new in the next Steam patch that drops Tuesday, March 20 with the weekly leaderboard reset at 7:00 PM UTC:


See you in the arena!

- The Scavengers Team
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“Darwin Project is part survival game, part battle royale, and it mixes both of these genres into a fun and unique combination”

“tense and hilarious”

“the closest thing to 'The Hunger Games' we've played yet”
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About This Game

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.

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.

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.


Stream viewers 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!

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 and above
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.4Ghz+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 750, GTX 660
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 and above
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.4Ghz+
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 970, GTX 1060
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Microphone
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