#iDARB release date and price revealed
We’ve been pretty big supporters of indie eSports darling #iDARB over the past few months, so we are happy to see it finally get a release date and price.
Developer Other Ocean Interactive has announced that its 8-player competitive platform sports game #iDARB will be releasing this February, for free through Games with Gold.
#IDARB is a competitive game for up to eight players that combines classic 2D platformer mechanics with hockey and basketball rules. Players can draw their own characters in a charming 8-bit pixel style, build their own teams, compose their own fight songs, and compete with other players either in the same room or over the internet,” describes Other Ocean.
Interestingly, the studio is also releasing the game two months early to selected users. If you’ve contributed any ideas to the project over Twitter or been vocal about it online, it might be worth checking your inbox for a code!
“#IDARB’s development team is more than just us in the studio — it’s the thousands of fans that made character sprites on IDARB.com, gave us feedback at shows, and contributed just about every game design decision in the game by tweeting their ideas at us,” said Mike Mika, Head of Development for Other Ocean. “It might sound kind of strange to give the game away for free two months before it officially comes out, but that’s in line with how #IDARB was built from day one.”
In a nod to real arena sports, #IDARB is the first video game where fans spectating a session can disrupt the players, in real time, using either Twitch or Twitter. Spectators can turn the ball into a bomb, spawn fireworks, fill the screen with water, and more.
“We’re big fans of #IDARB and we’re stoked Other Ocean is previewing the game early for fans,” said Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox. “We’re excited to bring it to Xbox One free to everyone with Xbox Live Gold in February.”
We will hopefully get a live-stream and review online as soon as we can!