Manhunt and PUBG Clash In Darwin Project's Closed Alpha

Originally revealed during E3, the competitive survival shooter is taking a major step with a closed alpha.

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On the wave of PUBG's success, the inevitable growth of the battle royale genre is upon us. Darwin Project is the latest new challenger, embracing the genre's popularity as a spectator sport fully and the closed beta for this competitive survival shooter goes live in November.

In Darwin Project, civilization is preparing for an impending ice age when a new project comes to fruition. It's a new type of live-entertainment that forces participants to survive the cold while fighting with other participants to be the last one standing. With the proposed features including crafting tools, setting traps, and tracking opponents, Darwin Project sounds a bit more akin to the Epic Games' free-to-play Battle Royale mode with the environment being more of a threat to your survival. Another wrinkle here is that the development team wants to encourage players to negotiate temporary alliances with other players along the way toward being the last standing.

The closed alpha runs from November 10 9:00 a.m. PT to November 12 9:00 p.m. PT. The development team Scavengers will also take to Twitch during the weekend to speak about the game. The full game will be available both PC and Xbox One at its launch, but this alpha is for PC players only. The release date is slated for spring 2018. Sign up for the game's newsletter to stay informed on chances to participate.

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