There’s a new contender in the “last man standing” game space, this time playing out as a manhunt in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, post-apocalypse. It’s called Darwin Project, and I’d all but forgotten about it since its E3 reveal last year, but here it is – strategic murder and survival in a winter wonderland.
Developer Scavenger Studio calls Darwin Project a “competitive multiplayer third person survival experience featuring at its core a new gameplay innovation: the manhunt”, so if that sounds like the kind of thing you’re into then you can get hold of it now via Steam Early Access or Xbox Game Preview.
There have been a number of tweaks and additions as the game was prepped for Early Access/Game Preview launch, largely regarding the spectator system and voting mechanic, as well as reduced mouse sensitivity for the bow, so when you get the shakes you can still get the shot. The minimum player count for a private match has also been reduced from ten to two, which should mean less waiting around for your friends to get their act together. Check out the patch notes right here if you’re particularly interested in the details.
I didn’t care much for this one initially, to be honest, but it’s growing on me. Scavengers Studio has gone with an interesting visual style, and the idea of battling the elements across a frozen, unforgiving world while crafting traps and tracking your foes is quite intriguing, giving Darwin Project something to separate it from the pack.