Years after taking the underground gaming scene by storm with Uplink, Introversion Software’s follow up title, Darwinia, is scheduled to be released by Cinemaware Marquee in North America this June. Combining fast-paced action with strategic battle planning, Darwinia will feature a novel and intuitive control mechanism, an 80's retro graphical style and a story concerning a tribe of video game sprites trapped in a modern 3D game world.
The world of Darwinia is a surreal place, filled with epic fractal vistas and populated by iconic video game sprites from yester-year. The world is locked in warfare and on the verge of self-destruction, as the once peaceful Darwinians are besieged by a massive Red Viral onslaught. Darwinia takes place against the backdrop of this war. The player initially takes direct control of a five-man insertion squad, guiding them from a third-person camera view through the many landscapes within the world. The player paves the way for the Darwinian's to resecure the world, and their actions have both immediate and global repercussions. As the game progresses the player's arsenal of weapons and equipment increases, until he is in strategic control of the entire Darwinian army, acting as a General and overseeing the entire war effort. Between each major mission and engagement the background story is narrated to the player through a series of cut-scenes and dialog, with the available missions and objectives tying directly into the narrative.
Darwinia looks like it will be a cool mix of fun and funky, with a bit of real time strategy, a touch of Tron, a little Lemmings and a whole lot of old-school nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Look for Darwinia to hit shelves this June at a price of $29.99.