The Darwin Project is what happens when a MOBA meets survival meets all-out battle royale

One of the most interesting games to come out of Microsoft's Xbox E3 2017 briefing earlier today was The Darwin Project. As the name suggests, the game is all about the survival of the fittest - in a Hunger Games-esque battle royale set in the snow-entrenched Canadian Rockies.

Details about the game are still scant, apart from a short gameplay trailer and a single paragraph describing the game as 'reinventing the battle royale sub-genre'. What caught our eye, however, is what seems to be the game's rather interesting meld of elements from games like Paragon, a third-person MOBA, and Playerunkonwn's Battlegrounds, a 100-person battle royale. Given the popularity of both genres, it's no wonder that Scavenger's Studio is playing around with the idea of mixing and matching mechanics from both.

The environment also seems to be play a large role in the gameplay, as the trailer describes the environment as being 'as dangerous as the players themselves,' with the extreme weather and the cold possibly playing a large role in the way players move around the game world. Unfortunately, these elements of the gameplay were not shown in much detail in the trailer so it's hard to know how much of a role the extreme climate of the setting will play in the gameplay experience.

The Darwin Project is currently in a closed alpha stage, and is only shown as 'coming soon' on the website, but is definitely something to keep an eye on in the future.

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