DARQ is an upcoming mind-bending side-scrolling adventure puzzler where players control Lloyd, a boy who becomes aware of the fact that he's dreaming, following a rapid descent into an overly vivid nightmare scenario.
Unfold Games, is the development team behind DARQ, and the lead developer has recently admitted to rejecting publishing offers from 12 major game publishing companies due to them attempting to take control of DARQ IP, among other things.
According to a recent thread on Reddit, where Unfold Games very successfully attempted to promote DARQ, developer was approached by no less than 12 major publishing companies, some of which wanted full control over the DARQ IP, as well as 80% of the game's earnings.
This is all pretty much standard fare in the industry, but the developer was not keen on the offer. Instead, Unfold remained independent, working on his game over the past three years, and putting in 100+ working hours a week, as of late, to wrap it all up properly.
"My story involves a number of publishers telling me: "You can't do it without me," which inspired me to go my own way and actually do it on my own," they said, citing their unwillingness to compromise on how DARQ was going to turn out in the end.
You can now add DARQ to your Steam Wishlist in order to keep track of the game, and the official release date is slated for sometime in the first half of 2019, so we're getting there, slowly but certainly!