Darkspore is a much darker take on the evolution game pioneered in Spore, a game that got mixed reception – not least over its intrusive DRM activation. In addition to the thematic change, Darkspore will also see a drastic change in terms of gameplay. EA describes the game as “online, science-fiction action role-playing game.” This includes up to four-way co-op and multiplayer. Players will take on the role of a genetically altered creature that can be customized by collecting various body parts and armor found throughout the game.
“Darkspore is inspired in part by the award-winning creature editor tech of Spore, but also in large part from the team’s own passion for gaming and prior experience,” said Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager of Maxis Studio. “The team has combined these inspirations to produce a unique take on the action RPG genre.”
Darkspore will supposedly feature dynamic, fast-paced action as players battle across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore in a four-player co-operative and full single-player campaign, as well as intense multiplayer battles. In order to defeat the malicious Darkspore, players will need to collect an arsenal of living weapons – genetic heroes with different combat abilities – and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible body parts and armor.
“Darkspore will feature three unique classes of five different genetic hero types, with a limitless number of upgrades and customizations available through the parts players collect on each planet level,” the company states. “As players progress, Darkspore builds in intensity, with new planets and enemy forces requiring players to strategically select the right squad and ability combinations to succeed in their missions.”