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Darkspore Kicks Off Special Closed Beta

Posted Tue, Mar 29, 2011 by Martuk

Maxis recently announced the start of a special closed beta phase for Darkspore. Players that would like to experience Darkspore can join the game's closed beta via Steam. The beta phase will continue from now through Friday, April 1st, 2011. Darkspore is scheduled to official launch on April 26th, 2011 and is available for pre-order through the Steam store.

You can follow the latest news for Darkspore on the game's YouTube channel.


SPECIAL DARKSPORE CLOSED BETA OPENS TODAY 

Beta Available Exclusively on Steam – Maxis Invites Gamers to Jump In!

Maxis is happy to announce today the opening of a new closed beta for its upcoming online action RPG Darkspore! The game will be available to PC gamers everywhere on April 26, 2011, and Maxis is using the additional time to further balance and fine-tune the game, incorporating fan input, so that the game is just right when unleashed toward the end of next month.

Prospective gamers can experience Darkspore early by jumping into the new closed beta, which opens today at 3pm PT and lasts through Friday, April 1 at 12pm PT. The beta is available exclusively on Steam [click here to download the Beta, or click here to download Steam]. Following the simple instructions there, players will be battling the Darkspore with up to 4 people in co-op and enjoying the intense 1v1 or 2v2 PvP action the game has to offer in no time!

We invite you to let your readers know about this limited opportunity today. In addition, to learn more about Darkspore, check out Producer Diaries 1-4 and Hero Spotlight Videos 1 and 2 on the Darkspore YouTube Channel at the link below.  Let us know if you have any questions or if we can assist with your coverage.


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Darkspore hit the ground running when it launched last month and reviewers have liked what they've seen. Our own review rated the game an 84/100 and called it, "a beautiful presentation." Be sure to give our full review of the game a look and check out the video after the break to find out what everyone is saying about Darkspore.

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Thu, May 12, 2011
Martuk
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Darkspore is a sci-fi themed dungeon crawler at heart, with a fairly spectacular collection and itemization system, a novel backstory, and layers upon layers of tactical challenge.

Reviews
Wed, Apr 27, 2011
Stow
Most of us remember the ridiculously overhyped thought experiment that was Spore from a few years back. Will Wright promised the universe, and yet, somehow, the universe from the amoeba up didn't add up to a compelling gameplay experience. Maxis drew from that title's name, one-of-a-kind character creator, and little else and created the singularly evolved action RPG Darkspore. Rather than doing something completely ridiculous with Spore's premise, Darkspore is a sci-fi themed dungeon crawler at heart, with a fairly spectacular collection and itemization system, a novel backstory, and layers upon layers of tactical challenge. But does it have the fun factor that it's Sporny forebearer so disappointingly lacked? And will Darkspore hold us over until Diablo 3 makes its dubious debut, or is it destined for the bargain bin?
Reviews
Wed, Oct 26, 2011
Stow
How Darkspore will evolve the aRPG

Darkspore Lead Designer Paul Sottosanti knows numbers.

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Tue, Apr 26, 2011
Ethec

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