Ah, the refreshing memories of yet another game created by the father of The Sims, Will Wright. I recall playing Spore and quickly falling in love with the entire concept of the game. You start off as a microscopic organism chewing your way through thousands of years of evolution, which took place in about… ten minutes or so. From that insignificant microbe, you evolve into a somewhat thinking primitive being. Basically, the premise of the game involves thousands of years of evolution and your ability to grow both mentally and physically with it all while conquering your neighbors on your home planet, or by exploring the vastness of space and bringing the gift of ass-kicking to other alien races. Fun game. And I’m happy to say that EA hasn’t forgotten the franchise, as they’re bringing some more Spore into our lives.
EA announced today their next project in the Spore franchise, Darkspore. Due to release in early 2011, it’s not your regular cup of Spore-flavored tea. Instead, the games aims to be more action RPG offering four-player co-op, a full single-player campaign, and a crapload of multiplayer battles.
“Darkspore is inspired in part by the award-winning creature editor tech of Spore, but also in large part from the team’s own passion for gaming and prior experience,” said General Manager of Maxis Studio Lucy Bradshaw. “The team has combined these inspirations to produce a unique take on the action RPG genre.”