You might’ve heard that we’re allowing Darwin Project players to check out an upcoming feature early as part of a technical playtest. Originally scheduled a couple weeks ago, the Tile Mapping system playtest was postponed due to a technical issue. After some more tweaking, we’re ready to give you a first look at the Tile Mapping system and a brand new Electronic Power: the Ice Bolt!
Don’t forget that these systems are works-in-progress, so you may experience small issues during the Playtest.
What is the Tile Mapping system?
The Tile Mapping system will keep the Darwin Project arena fresh by pulling tiles (or zones) from a bank and assembling them in various configurations to create a map that will be different in each match. Without the possibility of relying on a map whose layout they’ve memorized, inmates will have to stay on their toes as they discover and adapt to the arena they’re fighting in.
What is the Ice Bolt?
The Ice Bolt is a new Electronic Power that contestants can craft and use after looting an Electronic. Unleash the Ice Bolt at an opponent to temporarily freeze them in place and cause their cold meter to deplete, gaining you some time to think about your next move. The Ice Bolt must be slotted into your Crafting Wheel like other Electronic Powers, so don’t forget to make a spot for it by going to your Equipment from the main menu or the lobby to use it in this Playtest.
Here’s a sneak peek! Keep in mind that it’ll look even cooler when it’s finished:
When is the Technical Playtest?
The Technical Playtest will take place Friday, July 13 from 4 PM EDT / 8 PM UTC to 6 PM EDT / 10 PM UTC.
How can I participate in the Playtest?
1. Go to your Steam library
2. Right-click on Darwin Project and select Properties
3. Go to the Beta tab and enter the playtest code: playtest73423482
4. Select Playtest from the drop-down menu
5. Restart Steam and launch Darwin Project
Don’t forget to opt out of the playtest branch once it is over! You can do this by going back to the Beta tab in the game’s Properties and selecting None from the drop-down menu.
Can I stream the Technical Playtest?
Yes! Don’t forget to opt out of the Playtest when you are done playing before continuing to stream Darwin Project.
How can I send you my thoughts about the Tile Mapping system and Ice Bolt?
We’d love to hear your feedback about the Tile Mapping system and Ice Bolt Power! Please fill out the survey below to tell us what you thought. It should only take about 8 minutes of your time!
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXSD3HV (cannot be completed before July 13 at 4 PM EDT)
When will these features be officially added to the game?
The Tile Mapping system and the Ice Bolt will be added in the next patch on both PC and Xbox One, along with more content! We’ll review your feedback and announce when that next patch is as soon as we can.
Want more information about other features we have in the works? Watch the Behind the Scenes: Summer Roadmap video!
See you in the arena!