Twitch Spectator Interactions
Darwin Project is designed to not only be a fun battle royale game for players, but also an interactive reality show experience for spectators. Thanks to Twitch Extensions, viewers will now be able to actively take part in their favorite Twitch broadcaster’s show. At any moment, livestreaming Show Directors can let their viewers vote on the target for powers that affect players or zones.
Choose your Champion & Crowd’s Vote Result – beta
Zone Closing & Voting – beta
One of the most popular requests we received is the ability to play Darwin Project with friends. With Private Matches, you can just give your friends the room password and get set up with a stranger-less match in no time. This system is also great for content creators looking to play with viewers in their chat!
We have implemented additional security measures against cheaters and hackers.
Show Director Updates
We received some relatively mixed reactions about the Show Director feature after the Open Beta. Many players had fun and positive experiences, as the Show Director themselves or as a player, but some pointed out that the Show Director’s behavior sometimes got in the way of their enjoyment.
We strongly believe in the Show Director’s potential to make Darwin Project matches more exciting and to add a fresh new dimension to the battle royale genre. So we’ll keep reading your feedback thoroughly and iterate on this feature until we perfect it. Here’s what we’ve done so far:
Added a Code of Conduct to Loading Screens
While some people slid into the Show Director drone intuitively and played exactly the way it was intended, as an entertainment-focused role, others did not. Since the Show Director is a feature with no clear precedent, we added Code of Conduct expectations in the form of notes during loading screens.
Show Director Ratings from Players
Each player will be asked to rate their Show Director from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) stars, based on how fun they made the match and how well they respected the Code of Conduct. At the end of the match, Show Directors will see their rating and will be able to compete in leaderboards to determine who’s the best Director.
Lower Rating Means Fewer Powers
What makes Show Directors unique is their ability to take courses of action and add spice to a match when needed, but their powers can also become a source of frustration when they are not used for good showmanship. During the last Open Beta, for instance, we noticed that some Show Directors were teaming up with their friends to help them win. To hold Show Directors accountable for their performance, they will now lose the ability to use specific powers and/or target specific players if they fall under a 3-star rating.
Show Director Ratings from Twitch Viewers
Twitch broadcasters who play as the Show Director will accumulate points of popularity from their viewers at the end of a match. Twitch viewers will be prompted to give points to the Show Director if they have the Spectator Interactions Extension enabled. Show Directors will see their popularity and will be able to compete in leaderboards to determine who’s the most popular and loved Director among stream viewers!
Players can now report others through the pause menu and help us make sure that Darwin Project matches remain free of harassment and other inappropriate conduct.