Darkspore germinating one more month

EA Maxis' action role-playing take on creature-creator franchise pushed back to April 26 in NA, April 28 in Europe and Asia/Pacific; open beta begins next month.

In early November, EA put out a call for individuals willing to test its new action role-playing game Darkspore. That testing phase appeared to be going well, considering that two months later, EA had announced a March 29 ship date for the title in the US. As it turns out, EA's release date announcement was premature, and the publisher confirmed today that, after concluding its closed beta-testing phase, it has decided to delay the game worldwide.

Darkspore will now be in bloom beginning April 26.

Darkspore is now expected to ship for the PC in North America on April 26, with the game's European and Asia Pacific rollout scheduled for April 28. "We're really close, but in order to make the best game possible, the team has decided to take additional time to incorporate more of your feedback," an EA representative said of the delay on the game's official forum.

Along with announcing the end of the current beta test, EA said that it would be initiating more trial periods in the future. The publisher also said that it is planning an open beta-testing phase for April.

For more on Darkspore, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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magusat999
magusat999

It kinda reminds me of Titan's Quest - only futuristic sci-fi. I saw in the trailer action, but no RPG - so why are they calling it an action-RPG? Customization is not a valid reason, you can customize your car in Need For Speed Underground, but that's not an RPG either. Even if it just an action game, that's fine - it looks like fun; but still, it won't be fun for long without a story - and I didn't see one in this trailer.

Readial
Readial

Won't be holding my breath on this game as a breath of fresh air on the RPG genre but glad to see that there are still games that are exclusive to PC. Will keep my eye open for this.

liam-G
liam-G

this pun is an awfultunity

lordshodan
lordshodan

I am really looking forward for this one, especially the coop mode which I find pretty neat.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

So.. first a beta, then a delay of the game to make improvements based on beta feedback, then a new open beta before the new release date? Man I wish production of a lot of other games followed this example. Geuss I will have to try the open beta in April, I really liked Spore.

karnis
karnis

it's fun for me & yeah I'll buy it

mentalmetal
mentalmetal

take all the time in the world for this, make it great

megakick
megakick

i don't like the enviroment at all, looks boring. i will wait for d3

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

It's almost as if the editors are intentionally trolling us with all these horrible puns in the article titles

Ninjaboey
Ninjaboey

I didn't get the beta (our internet was not enough) but I can't wait for darkspore and I'm in South Africa so Ican get mine March 29 :)

deathstream
deathstream

The delay probably has more to do with EA wanting more space between Sims: Medieval and Darkspore than it does with any real changes to the game.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

I played in the beta and I think it is not a bad game. But at times I was expecting more. I may get this when it hits the bargain bin.

P_R_E_Y
P_R_E_Y

I have to admit I found this rather boring, too easy and simplistic. One of the major things that got Spore off the ground was the complete creation of characters, now its hands feet and some armour tweaks, why? I suppose they didn't fancy purple helmet warriors shooting lasers out of their helms, or worse... The voice for the menus etc is so slow I began to fall asleep and combat was soo easy i stuck to one guy and destroyed everything hardly ever needing to heal. I suppose as the game progresses this will not be the case but it isn't the game for me, good luck to it though it isn't the worse game but it defo ain't the best of the genre

stEElyDaN909
stEElyDaN909

Why are people complaining about a new dungeon crawler that might actually be good? It's not like there's been a whole lot of those out there recently.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@N0tYrBeezin Meh... Personally, I thought Heavy Rain was just one big cutscene - that's just me, though. I just want to know one thing - why are you not posting on threads for all these FPS games about to come out, calling them rehashes? The genre of dungeon crawler isn't all that huge (as far as major titles go, there are perhaps three or four different IPs) while FPs games have been done to death. Finally, there is no "recycling" going on here - pretty much the only thing Darkspore and Diablo/Torchlight have in common is that you kill stuff and get loot. In the latter two games you level a single hero, equip him/her with loot that you can't dictate the apperance of at all, and spend points on new skills (with everyone having the same skills in the end - if you don't follow a guide, good luck getting through Hell! ;)) Darkspore, on the other hand, let you level multiple squads of multiple heroes - in fact, they level as they get new gear, which you can completely customize. Yes, each hero has a set list of skills, but somehow that just feels right - less fussing over whether or not taking that one extra point in fireball (er... Elecron Sphere?) will screw you over completely or not, more killing monsters/customizing your heroes (because, really - half the game is fooling around with the hero editor, seeing what silly/badass things you can come up with.)

ziproy
ziproy

From the people that brought you Spore comes a brand new intellectual property, Darkspore

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

@ThePurpleBubble Yes indeed there is a reason for that. Lack of new ideas, just rehashing and recycling old games. Sigh! That's why we need more games like Heavy Rain that breaks new ground. They deserve the BAFTA!

redness19
redness19

I haven't played the game, so I am basing this on pure speculation, but I believe this game will flop. It's ratings will almost be as bad as it's sales. Why do I think this? I am a fan of the Diablo, Torchlight dungeon crawler genre and I have no desire to play this game once so ever. I could be wrong, time will tell.

lucas182
lucas182

like some commenters pointed out: bring us simcity 5 already! (and not some pathetic crap like Societies)

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Yeah I played the Beta at first glance it seems like its gonna be a sweet game with lot of customization but I only played the first 2 levels. I heard its basically the same thing the whole way. They should have made less over all heros and gave you more choice within each hero instead of the way there doing it.. There is no skill tree you just upgrade loot but.. I dunno I am probably going to buy it.. I just wish they offered a bit more. I am a sucker for loot games.

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

@N0tYrBeezin Ya suppose there may be a reason for that? Something along the lines of people enjoying this type of gameplay? Call me crazy, but I think that's the case!

N0tYrBeezin
N0tYrBeezin

People were enjoying this type of gameplay back in 1986-2002! We are now a whole decade later and they are giving us the same thing. Sigh!

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Another flop from maxis sigh..Go back an make sims games..Clearly this game will not sell well..Tried the beta an its borish..Head back to what made you great at one time..Please bring us simcity 5 already..Clearly the last three games you guys put out have bombed..Maybe hire a new director for maxis..

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

I guess that at the very least they're giving themselves more time to patch the game up.

aermeus
aermeus

Played several phazes of the beta and i agree with Zero5000X...decent concept going for it but it was extremely easy and i felt like i was playing the same levels over and over...never got to play the PVP aspect so that area may offer some fun...they really shoulda delayed it a little longer than 3 weeks i think

Zero5000X
Zero5000X

I played the beta and it isn't the great. Its extremely easy and repetitive.

Echofoxz
Echofoxz

Laughable pun, Magrino :lol:

akira2465
akira2465

My Feedback is this game should never have been started, They should have made a new simcity