Darwinia evolving onto XBLA

[UPDATE] After ESRB rates PC indie hit for the Xbox 360, Introversion confirms title coming to XBLA.

An Xbox 360 version of Introversion's award-winning hybrid real-time strategy game Darwinia has been speculated since the game's first run on the PC in 2005. However, an edition for Microsoft's console has never actually materialized. That may change in the near future, given that the Entertainment Software Rating Board has updated its online database with an E for Everyone rating for Introversion's innovative strategy game. Introversion has been listed as the publisher for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

Originally released in 2005, Darwinia is set inside a virtual theme park in a computer network. A viral infection has broken out that you must contain to save the little Darwinians. In the game, players have to alter the status of the creatures by inputting a gesture-based command. On the PC, these gestures are achieved with a flick of the mouse, and there are currently no details on how they would be handled in an Xbox 360 version of the game.

Introversion is a small British developer whose other works include 2001's hacker simulator Uplink and critically acclaimed global thermonuclear war strategy game DEFCON: Everybody Dies. The studio is known to be working on a PC follow-up to Darwinia, dubbed Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, which will bring online play to the franchise.

It is unclear whether the Xbox 360 version of the game would appear as an Xbox Live Arcade offering, and Introversion had not responded to requests for clarification as of press time. However, the developer is no stranger to digital distribution; Introversion's entire lineup is available for download through Valve's online portal Steam.

[UPDATE] Introversion has confirmed in a statement that both the games will be coming in autumn 2008 to Xbox Live Arcade, with Darwinia and Multiwinia coming together in one downloadable package as Darwinia+.

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42 comments
Travis281
Travis281

Keep the little PC games coming, just keep adding +es and I'll buy them, lol.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

I didnt like it before. My sibling had more fun with it though. It won't suit everyone

Father_Dagon
Father_Dagon

Kool, if this is successful then maybe they’ll bring DEFCON to the xbox also.

sonicare
sonicare

Excellent. Looks very interesting.

BringTheBlood
BringTheBlood

sweeeeeet, bout time a small developer got some attention! and thank god its Introvision.

PETIKPO93
PETIKPO93

Whoa, Introversion is so cool. Nice games, for the people who like 'em :)

twoism
twoism

Introversion rock!

kegmiester
kegmiester

nice to see that a good game made by a small time developer will make it onto the 360 allowing console/pc owners to experience a game that they may have missed or completely ignored.

runstalker
runstalker

Introversion Software: "Three years on from Darwinia’s release on PC and we are really happy to confirm that we're working with Microsoft to bring both Darwinia, and our next title Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest, onto the Xbox LIVE® Arcade service. Due for release in early Autumn 2008, both games will be released under one package called Darwinia+. When we first started Introversion back in 2001, the idea of developing our games for a console seemed an impossible challenge, and whilst we have built a fantastic community around our PC games, and will continue to support that, it has always been our dream to take the next step and produce a console title. Multiwinia is the natural conclusion of what we started with Darwinia way back in 2002 and, with the launch of Live Arcade, Microsoft has presented us with a fantastic opportunity to get onto a rung of the console ladder. We're really looking forward to introducing Darwinia+ to a whole new audience."

runstalker
runstalker

"...alter the status of the creatures by inputting a gesture-based command. On the PC, these gestures are achieved with a flick of the mouse, and there are currently no details on how they would be handled in an Xbox 360 version..." Guys, update your research on Darwinia. About 6 months after release, Introversion patched up the game and included an all-new optional UI that was more overlay, traditional RTS - but still brilliant. It was the perfect solution for folks who didn't gel with the gesture-based command system, and it should be highly adaptable for use on console in the 360 version. Don't worry; these guys are very, very clever.

Kraige
Kraige

Sounds interesting though I doubt I would buy it as a full game (it doesn't sound that big or needing of retail release) I may get it if its on XBLA though if it looks good.

boondagger9801
boondagger9801

yesyesyes! this game is so freaking sweet. if you've never played it, think of a mix between Syndicate Wars/Tron/Matrix. That may not be the right mix, but that's what i thought when i was playing it. very VERY original and addicting game. Definately a must buy for me.

NND1
NND1

RaiKageRyu get your facts straight about the wrong console.. 360 set the standards that these "other" consoles are still trying to catch up with ...

modem22
modem22

I played this game on the PC with the 360 gamepad and it basically previews the controls that the 360 will have so not so much a mystery there.

WalkingP
WalkingP

Never heard of it, maybe i'll give it try.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

Your logic is flawed, RaikageRyu. There really isn't a "wrong" console. It's more like "oh, crap, I knocked the 360 and failed to realize it actually has good stuff and now I probably won't get to play this cool game". Fruits Basket rules, by the way.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

This game in on the wrong console.

Homerj
Homerj

Darwinia is a perfect fit for XBLA.....facepalm why didnt I think of that?

Obliterati
Obliterati

Cool. I still have Darwinia on my laptop, it's a great time-killer.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

The name makes me want to try, if its called Darwina...then sign me up! lol

YoBrandino
YoBrandino

Reading this made me think it should be on WiiWare and not XBLA. But it don't matter. I remember this game interesting me. So, I'll probally get it if it comes to either of them.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Darwinia was suppose to be incredible... but I never did go and play it. Maybe now I will, then get it for XBLA. On a side note, I know they're bringing one of Treasure's shooters to the XBLM, but I want Gunstar Heroes on the marketplace. If they put that game on there, with online co-op, I would cry rivers, pay $15, and not play any other XBLA game.

echoside
echoside

Id love to see Uplink, but it'd be kinda wierd using a controller. lol

juggalo
juggalo

OH please please please please please give us an XBLA version of DEFCON!!!!

doomsoth
doomsoth

Darwinia was a great game! For those who haven't had a chance to play it: I would suggest you get it for the 360.

chrisda
chrisda

Darwinia ws great, and its great for laptops, and every computer can handle it

dannyodwyer
dannyodwyer staff

oh please! :P and uplink where theyre at it!

AgentAnderson
AgentAnderson

They need to release Uplink to the consoles. That would be a great spare time game. But at least games are being released for Live/PSN/VC that bring life to the systems.

AgentAnderson
AgentAnderson

They need to release Uplink to the consoles. That would be a great spare time game. But at least games are being released for Live/PSN/VC that bring life to the systems.

frankeyser
frankeyser

this game was really great! still play it on my laptop when I am flying around the states! I wonder how they are going to port the controls. i always have a hard time playing PC games on consoles. things like fps and rts just dont translate well IMO. If I like the controls in the trial I will download it for sure.

yourbeliefs
yourbeliefs

I remember this on Steam. One of those quirky games that some people love but most people can't get into. Still I love seeing the library of games on XBL grow.

nickelarcade
nickelarcade

its sad this game didnt do as well as it should have. this game is the bomb!

StricerOokami
StricerOokami

I've heard alot of good things about this titel,i'm really glad it's coming out to the 360