An Early 2019 Development Update

An Early 2019 Development Update

Posted by Jessica Beaudoin

08 Jan

Hello inmates,

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season! We’re back at the studio in full force and intend on making 2019 a huge year for Darwin Project! We’re kicking it off by putting together an enormous patch that will require a bit more time to release, but that will take a lot of the feedback you’ve been sending us and channel it into improvements for our biggest Technical Playtest yet.

We’ve said that we won’t launch Darwin Project out of Early Access until all its systems meet our quality standards for fun factor, balancing, and polish. And when we talked about the road to release, we identified several improvements we want to make before going into full launch. While we’ve had to tweak that roadmap from July 2018, lots of the important additions we highlighted did make it into the game: The Tile Mapping System, three brand new Tiles, Duo Mode stats and leaderboards, the Playground (“Training Room”), Daily Rehab Program (“Quest System”), and tons of cosmetics and optimization.

Beyond what was planned in the roadmap, we’ve also surprised players with our first-ever Battle Pass: The Death and Life of Roger D. Glanton, groundbreaking spectator interaction features on Twitch, controller support on Steam, bears, the Show Director Soundboard, new Private Match options, and more.

As we sat down to nail down what else is coming to Darwin Project in the short-term, we found ourselves wanting to address key areas that we and the Darwin Project community feel strongly about, but that would require more work than what our current monthly development cycles allow for. Chief among those is getting melee combat to a spot where it’s as clear and comfortable as it can be. We’re currently experimenting with various timing tweaks, developing clear and dedicated animations to reintroduce the upward and downward Axe swings, prototyping new visual effects on the trajectory to better help players identify exactly where Axe swings are going, and more.

We’ll be tackling the Axe, as well as other improvements that require a longer development time, mercilessly throughout January and most of February. This means that Darwin Project will not receive a content update this month. It also means that the next patch is going to be absolutely massive, and that your feedback on the work-in-progress version will be more important than ever! Please stay tuned for the exact dates of the Technical Playtest(s) on Steam. If you’ve been answering our surveys saying you’re dissatisfied with the Axe, we’d love for you to let us know whether it feels better for you in a Technical Playtest!

We’ll still be holding a devstream on Tuesday, January 15 from 11 AM EST to 12 PM EST. Tune in on our official Twitch channel as usual as we look back at the greatest moments in 2018, answer your questions, and do a bit of Darwin trivia with some members of the team!

We know you’re excited to find out what else is coming for Darwin Project and when. We’ll have more details to share as soon as we get a preliminary feel for some of the ideas we’re considering. These ideas wouldn’t have been possible without your help, so do keep sending in your feedback! We could specifically use more thoughts about patch 1.18 from those of you on Xbox―please fill in the survey here (and don’t forget, you’ll receive 50 Ramen for doing so!)

See you in the arena!

Scavengers Team

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