Darkspore beta sign-ups begin

Maxis soliciting applications for upcoming Spore spin-off for the PC; start date not mentioned.

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During the 2010 EA studio showcase at the publisher's headquarters in Redwood City, California, a creature rose from the shadows. That beast was revealed to be Darkspore, a spin-off of EA's Spore franchise.

Hopefully the beta will shine some light on Darkspore.
Hopefully the beta will shine some light on Darkspore.

No release date has been attached to the sci-fi action role-playing game, but gamers wanting to learn the first details now have that opportunity. Today Maxis opened a beta program sign-up page for Darkspore. According to the page, signing up will grant users the ability to "be first to get details on the beta program," a likely indicator that the beta isn't coming anytime soon.

For more on the game--which meshes character creation with Diablo-style hack-and-slash action--check out GameSpot's coverage of the hour-long Darkspore Comic-Con panel from July. At the panel, Maxis designers spoke at length about the title and explained, "This is not a sequel to Spore. It's not an expansion pack. It's a brand-new game."

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