Evolution can be a painfully slow process. That may explain why Introversion's award-winning indie PC hit Darwinia has taken more than four years to make the jump to the Xbox 360.
Now, nearly two years after the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game, Darwinia+, was revealed, it has finally been dated. According to a post on the developer's Web site, the game will launch on XBL Marketplace Wenesday, February 10.
As the name implies, Darwinia+ is not a straightforward port of the award-winning sci-fi real-time strategy title. Introversion instead is banking on the notion of hybrid vigor, as Darwinia+ includes both the original Darwinia as well as the 2008 multiplayer-focused follow-up Multiwinia.
Darwinia is set in the virtual world of a computer network as it comes under attack from a virus. Players attempt to band together the digital denizens known as Darwinians and eradicate all traces of the infection in order to preserve their silicon-bound species. In addition to saving pixelated people from extinction in Darwinia, players can go on the offensive in Multiwinia, pitting their tribes against those of other players in a variety of multiplayer game modes.
Darwinia+ will sell for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15) at launch. For more on the Xbox 360 edition of the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.