EA has revealed that Maxis is working on an online science-fiction action role-playing game called Darkspore, which is currently in development for the PC and will release in February 2011.
"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 features 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. Multiplayer modes are also featured, but information is short at the moment.
Players can collect living weapons - genetic heroes with different combat abilities – and upgrade them with tens of thousands of different 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.
A gameplay trailer, which will be on Strategy Informer shortly, appears to suggest that the game is influenced by the Diablo franchise.