Maxis’ Spore was a really impressive game with bags of potential and innovation, but plagued by the fact that it was too casual for what most of the gamers were expecting from it. Now things will be taken one step further as the developers have announced their next project: Darkspore, an online, science-fiction action role-playing game.

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. Yup, that’s TENS of THOUSANDS!

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.

Let’s just hope that this time the game rises up to the potential it has. Expect to see Darkspore released sometime in February 2011. And if you feel that you can’t take it any longer, check out the impressive Darkspore debut trailer below: