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EA Confirms Sci-Fi Action/RPG Darkspore

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 20 comments

The new sci-fi action/RPG from Maxis is slated for a February 2011 release.

Tuesday during EA's big 5-title-reveal event, the company officially announced the sci-fi themed action/RPG game for the PC and Mac, DarkSpore. Currently in development by Maxis, the game will offer both a single-player campaign and an online multiplayer mode for up to four players in co-op. Maxis said that the game was inspired by the creature editor in Spore, however the team also drew from "passion for gaming and prior experience."

"DarkSpore will 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," EA said. "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."

The game will feature three unique classes of five different genetic hero types. The game seems to run on the same mechanics as Spore--as the beasts advance in levels, additional upgrades become available. And like the typical RPG, planets will unlock as the

player advances, requiring better squads and abilities to successfully complete missions (quests).

Naturally EA has uploaded a Flash-laden site offering a few tidbits regarding the game such as "living weapons," planets, the game's editor, and more. Expect the game to go retail in February 2011. In the meantime, click on the image below to pull up the entire DarkSpore library.

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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , July 20, 2010 9:52 PM
    Spored failed majorly because of it's terrible DRM.

    Hopefully they've learned their lesson by not plaguing darkspore with horrible DRM.
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    smile9999 , July 20, 2010 9:47 PM
    I guess will see if it turns out good, I loved the creature editor in spore didnt like the game though
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    sliem , July 20, 2010 9:50 PM
    "In the meantime, click on the image below to pull up the entire DarkSpore library."

    Where?
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , July 20, 2010 9:52 PM
    Spored failed majorly because of it's terrible DRM.

    Hopefully they've learned their lesson by not plaguing darkspore with horrible DRM.
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    TheDuke , July 20, 2010 9:54 PM
    looks interesting to me
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    Regulas , July 20, 2010 10:13 PM
    Spore was severely infected with DRM, EA may have learned that lesson though. Will be an interesting game to follow and see if it is worth my cash.
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    Regulas , July 20, 2010 10:14 PM
    Strider-Hiryu_79Spored failed majorly because of it's terrible DRM.Hopefully they've learned their lesson by not plaguing darkspore with horrible DRM.

    Sorry dude, did not copy I read yours after my post.
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    jerreece , July 20, 2010 10:30 PM
    sliem"In the meantime, click on the image below to pull up the entire DarkSpore library."Where?


    Think they meant the two pictures to the "side" of the article. :)  Not below like they stated.
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , July 20, 2010 10:31 PM
    regulasSorry dude, did not copy I read yours after my post.


    LOL no worries. I'm sure we're not the only ones who were excited about this game only to be let down by that nightmare of a DRM. :D 
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , July 20, 2010 10:31 PM
    ^The first spore game that is.
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    Lutfij , July 20, 2010 10:51 PM
    hmmm i just hope they happen to be better than the C&C series from EA
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    sockso , July 20, 2010 11:18 PM
    I'm kind of sick of EA and Ubisoft.
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    Darkerson , July 20, 2010 11:21 PM
    I rather hated spore, not just for its DRM, just didnt think the game was all that fun. This looks kinda interesting though.
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    Trueno07 , July 21, 2010 3:44 AM
    EA has gotten a it better with it's DRM. Now it's ubisofts turn to try a DRM scheme, get flamed, and try and fix it.

    Activision, you're next.
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    sockso , July 21, 2010 6:51 AM
    Eh, personally, I annoyed by EA's newish nickel and dime their customer's approach to everything. To each their own, but it annoys me.
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    dEAne , July 21, 2010 8:50 AM
    I will try this one.I love games.
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    quiky87 , July 21, 2010 2:17 PM
    So...It's Marvel Ultimate Alliance with Spore creatures.
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    ksampanna , July 21, 2010 8:08 PM
    Better than DOTA?
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    joe gamer , July 21, 2010 8:36 PM
    I too will be interested to see what kind of DRM poison they choose for this one.
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    mikem_90 , July 21, 2010 9:10 PM
    Story Synopsis:

    A plucky young single celled organism evolves from the primordial ooze. lives a grand life of 72 hours and is eaten by an amoeba, leaving behind 1.35 x 10^7 children.
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    zaznet , July 22, 2010 4:11 PM
    Sounds a lot like Spore Adventures. Hopefully it's done a bit better to have a more classic RPG feel to it.