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18 Feb 2011 - 22:00

Maxis announced that Darkspore is for PC users only. There will not be a Mac version at the release date:

Darkspore is a PC-only game at launch. No other platforms have been announced.

So there's the "official" line. The unofficial line is very simple: we love the Mac! Many of us are Mac users! There are several Macs in the studio! Yay Mac! But ... we have only announced on the PC.

17 Feb 2011 - 22:00

MaxisDave has announced the second beta run for Darkspore!

The Darkspore team is pleased to announce BETA TEST 2!

Open: 12:00 PM Friday, FEB 18
Close: 11:59 PM Saturday, FEB 19

NOTE: All times Pacific Standard Time

11 Feb 2011 - 22:10

Maxis posted the minimum specifications to play Darkspore:

FOR WINDOWS XP

  • 3.0 GHz P4 or Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent or faster
  • 2 GB RAM
  • A 256 MB Video Card with support for Shader Model 3.0
  • The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Up to 10 GB of hard drive space
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

FOR WINDOWS VISTA

  • 3.0 GHz P4 or Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent or faster
  • 2 GB RAM
  • A 256 MB Video Card with support for Shader Model 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Up to 10 GB of hard drive space
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required

FOR WINDOWS 7

  • 3.0 GHz P4 or Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent or faster
  • 2 GB RAM
  • A 256 MB Video Card with support for Shader Model 3.0
  • Up to 10 GB of hard drive space
  • Broadband Internet Connection Required
11 Feb 2011 - 22:00

The first official beta of Darkspore has been announced on the official Darkspore forums by MaxisKiwiboat:

The Beta will be open tomorrow, Feb 11th at 12pm, and run through Saturday, Feb 12th at 11:59. This will be the first of many open Beta periods.

Looking forward to seeing everybody in game!

8 Feb 2011 - 22:00

MaxisCactus has announced official release dates for the upcoming game Darkspore!

There's been a lot of buzz on when the official release date for Darkspore will be. You've heard it here first.

Darkspore will be released in North America on March 29th, 2011 and in Europe on April 1st, 2011.

Can't wait for the game to get into your hands. The countdown is getting closer and closer!

-MC

2 Sep 2010 - 00:16

Gamescom 2010

EA Netherlands has invited us recently to go to Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. There we went to see DarkSpore behind closed doors, at the EA Business Lounge, for a very exclusive presentation. Our preview is now online!

Read our DarkSpore preview!

We also got presentations for The Sims 3 Late Night and The Sims Medieval. You can find previews for those games at the SimsNetwork Gamescom 2010 Special.

20 Jul 2010 - 22:38

Here are screenshots and artworks from the new game Darkspore!

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20 Jul 2010 - 22:09

There were rumors going around that Darkspore was going to be released today. Thanks to Simprograms for the heads up about the Darkspore website. I went to search online and found an official press release. It's definitely interesting.


EA REVEALS DARKSPORE, A NEW SCI-FI ACTION ROLE-PLAYING GAME IN DEVELOPMENT FROM MAXIS STUDIO
Darkspore to Introduce Innovative Character Customization, Gameplay Mechanics and Online Play to Genre

Guildford, UK – July 20, 2010 – MaxisTM, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, today announced the next project in its award-winning portfolio of PC games: DarksporeTM, an online, science-fiction action role-playing game, is currently in development for an early 2011 launch. Darkspore is rich in action and fiction, and is being written and developed by some of the most talented minds in the video game industry.

“Darkspore is inspired in part by the award-winning creature editor tech of Spore, but also in large part from the team’s own passion for gaming and prior experience,” said Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager of Maxis Studio. "The team has combined these inspirations to produce a unique take on the action RPG genre.”

Darkspore will feature dynamic, fast-paced action as players battle across alien worlds to save the galaxy from the mutated forces of Darkspore in a four-player co-operative and full single-player campaign, as well as intense multiplayer battles. In order to defeat the malicious Darkspore, players will need to collect an arsenal of living weapons - genetic heroes with different combat abilities - and upgrade them with tens of thousands of collectible body parts and armor.

Darkspore will feature three unique classes of five different genetic hero types, with a limitless number of upgrades and customizations available through the parts players collect on each planet level. As players progress, Darkspore builds in intensity, with new planets and enemy forces requiring players to strategically select the right squad and ability combinations to succeed in their missions.

EA is scheduled to launch Darkspore in early 2011.

6 Oct 2009 - 16:07

Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena can now be found in US stores! Read the press release below.


The Epic Fight to Save the Galaxy is Now on the Wii and Nintendo DS

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct 06, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Battle, create and explore in Spore(TM) on Nintendo consoles! Today, Maxis(TM), an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio, announced that the highly-anticipated Spore(TM) Hero and Spore(TM) Hero Arena are now available at North American retailers and will hit store shelves internationally on October 9th. Built from the ground up exclusively for the Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) platforms, Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena immerse players intoan action-packed adventure filled with creativity, combat and exploration as they fight to save their planet.

"Spore has proven to be a huge hit with tween and teen boys. We are so excited to release Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena-- two new games that bring all of the action, adventure and fun that this audience loves," said Lucy Bradshaw, VP and General Manager at Maxis. "Now, players will be able to take on the role of their own kind of hero, by creating it however they like using the Creature Creator, tackling challenging quests and battling friends in competitive multiplayer modes."

Spore Hero delivers the unparalleled creative freedom of Spore in an action-adventure game created exclusively for the Wii. Set in a rich and vibrant 3-D world, Spore Hero empowers the player to become the hero as they embark on an epic quest to save their creature's home planet from destruction by the evil nemesis, Zarkhator. Along this journey, players engage in fun battles, solve puzzles, and explore to collect more than 250 cool new creature parts, all with unique abilities. These parts, which can be used to customize creatures in the revolutionary and award-winning Spore Creature Creator, can change the way creatures will play and fight in the world. Players can also utilize their brawling skills in a dynamic multiplayer mode, in which they battle their friends with their own customized creature to become the 'baddest' Spore hero around!

Spore Hero Arena catapults players into a galaxy filled with fun and intense arena-based combat. Featuring an all-new story set in the same universe as Spore Hero, Spore Hero Arena takes players on a quest to save planets in their galaxy from an evil force. Throughout the game, players create their own unique gladiator hero creature and guide it from planet to planet as they fight enemy creatures, collect new parts, gain upgrades and unlock special abilities that will benefit their hero. Developed with multiplayer capabilities in mind, Spore Hero Arena also allows players to battle with up to three friends locally or play with a friend over Wi-Fi and share creature creations over a Wireless network, taking the Spore gameplay experience to an entirely new and interactive level.

Available for $49.99 MSRP, Spore Hero is rated E10+ by the ESRB. Spore Hero Arena is available for $29.99 MSRP and is rated E by the ESRB.

To learn more about Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena, playminigames and download fun content, please visit www.sporehero.com. For screenshots or press materials about the Spore franchise, please visit http://info.ea.com.

6 Oct 2009 - 16:07

Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena can now be found in US stores! Read the press release below.


The Epic Fight to Save the Galaxy is Now on the Wii and Nintendo DS

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct 06, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Battle, create and explore in Spore(TM) on Nintendo consoles! Today, Maxis(TM), an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio, announced that the highly-anticipated Spore(TM) Hero and Spore(TM) Hero Arena are now available at North American retailers and will hit store shelves internationally on October 9th. Built from the ground up exclusively for the Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) platforms, Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena immerse players intoan action-packed adventure filled with creativity, combat and exploration as they fight to save their planet.

"Spore has proven to be a huge hit with tween and teen boys. We are so excited to release Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena-- two new games that bring all of the action, adventure and fun that this audience loves," said Lucy Bradshaw, VP and General Manager at Maxis. "Now, players will be able to take on the role of their own kind of hero, by creating it however they like using the Creature Creator, tackling challenging quests and battling friends in competitive multiplayer modes."

Spore Hero delivers the unparalleled creative freedom of Spore in an action-adventure game created exclusively for the Wii. Set in a rich and vibrant 3-D world, Spore Hero empowers the player to become the hero as they embark on an epic quest to save their creature's home planet from destruction by the evil nemesis, Zarkhator. Along this journey, players engage in fun battles, solve puzzles, and explore to collect more than 250 cool new creature parts, all with unique abilities. These parts, which can be used to customize creatures in the revolutionary and award-winning Spore Creature Creator, can change the way creatures will play and fight in the world. Players can also utilize their brawling skills in a dynamic multiplayer mode, in which they battle their friends with their own customized creature to become the 'baddest' Spore hero around!

Spore Hero Arena catapults players into a galaxy filled with fun and intense arena-based combat. Featuring an all-new story set in the same universe as Spore Hero, Spore Hero Arena takes players on a quest to save planets in their galaxy from an evil force. Throughout the game, players create their own unique gladiator hero creature and guide it from planet to planet as they fight enemy creatures, collect new parts, gain upgrades and unlock special abilities that will benefit their hero. Developed with multiplayer capabilities in mind, Spore Hero Arena also allows players to battle with up to three friends locally or play with a friend over Wi-Fi and share creature creations over a Wireless network, taking the Spore gameplay experience to an entirely new and interactive level.

Available for $49.99 MSRP, Spore Hero is rated E10+ by the ESRB. Spore Hero Arena is available for $29.99 MSRP and is rated E by the ESRB.

To learn more about Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena, playminigames and download fun content, please visit www.sporehero.com. For screenshots or press materials about the Spore franchise, please visit http://info.ea.com.

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