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Natural Selection 2: Combat trailer unveils the return of the Devour ability

The latest trailer for Faultline Games' Natural Selection 2: Combat, the upcoming standalone game born from a Natural Selection 2 mod, offers a look at the return of the series' graphic Devour ability. In past Natural Selection games, Onos players could devour Marine players causing them to sit out of the game for up to 20 seconds until digested or rescued by a teammate. As demonstrated in the video above, devoured players will now be able to fight their way out of another player's digestion system. Speaking on a developer Q&A with Dillion Savage, Tyler Mullins revealed that the mechanic's return was highly requested by the community. "I thought there would be a good spot in the game if we modified it a little bit," he said. "The biggest change is that the Marine does damage to it...


Unknown Worlds hands Natural Selection 2 development to community team

Unknown Worlds Entertainment handed over future development of Natural Selection 2, its real-time strategy first-person shooter, to a community development team in order to dedicate more resources to Subnautica. "It means that now with Unknown World's blessing, we as a community can forge patch 266. We can hopefully start to incorporate the best the community has to offer, such as bug fixes and popular features...with many more ideas for the future!" reads an announcement post from the NS2 Community Dev Team (CDT), the collective of 14 developers now overseeing the game's upcoming patches and content. "For the everyday player, they can now rest easy knowing that NS2's future developments will be in the trusted hands of a team of experienced NS2 players just like them, who only wish...


Humble Jumbo Bundle includes Garry’s Mod, Magicka and more

The Humble Jumbo Bundle is now available with six games at pay-what-you-want prices. The bundle includes Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2 and Magicka with downloadable content packs Dungeons and Daemons and Vietnam. Those who beat the average price (around $3.90 at the time of this post) will receive Orcs Must Die! 2: Complete Pack, Garry's Mod and Serious Sam 3: BFE. Soundtracks for titles such as Serious Sam 3 and Magicka are also included. More games will be released for the bundle in the near future. Those hoping to receive them upon release will also need to pay more than the current average. The Humble Jumbo Bundle will be available for 13 more days. Games are available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux via Steam.


The Humble Store launches with daily deals

The organizers of the Humble Bundle are rolling out daily deals beginning today in a digital storefront called the Humble Store. Discounted games will be available every day in The Humble Store, and purchasers can choose multiple games to buy. To celebrate the virtual store's grand opening, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Don't Starve, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Gunpoint, Natural Selection 2, Orcs Must Die! 2, Prison Architect, Rogue Legacy and The Swapper are all on sale between 50 and 75 percent off for the next 20 hours, as of this writing. You can check out an introductory video for the Humble Store above. For every purchase, 10 percent of the price will be shared among four charities: the American Red Cross, Child's Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, charity : water and the...


Natural Selection 2 crowdfunding for community organised world championship tournament

Natural Selection 2 developer Unknown Worlds is supporting a community-initiated crowdfunding project to begin a world championship tournament with plans to introduce preliminary events at the end of 2013, the studio announced. The National Selection 2 World Championship is organized by three members of the game's community with plans to raise $30,000 to cover flights and accomodations for players. Organizers aim to bring the top four teams to Cologne, Germany following the initial international ladder planned for later this year. Unknown Worlds will reportedly sponsor the venue at the ESLTV studio in Cologne, as well as offer front-page placement on video streaming service Additional information can be found on the official Unknown Worlds website. As of press time the c...


Natural Selection 2 playable female marines arriving September as a free update

Natural Selection 2, Unknown Worlds' real-time strategy first-person shooter, will receive female marines as a free update late in August or early September, according to an announcement the developer's official website. Gamers will have the choice of three versions of the female marine. Deluxe Edition owners will receive the ‘Deluxe Armour' version and the standard green marine will be available to all players. Consumers who purchased the Special Edition of Natural Selection 2 during the game's Beta will have access to the ‘Black Armour' version. Unknown Worlds first revealed its intention of developing female marines for Natural Selection 2 at the beginning of the game's development. Unknown Worlds states in its latest post that female video game characters are often depicted in...

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Natural Selection 2 half off, free-to-play this weekend

Natural Selection 2, Unknown Worlds' first-person shooter real-time strategy hybrid, is half off its usual price and free-to-play this weekend in celebration of PAX East, the developer announced. According to the announcement post, Unknown Worlds expects more than 15,000 concurrent players, some of who "might like [Natural Selection 2] so much they choose to buy the game." "We've worked non-stop since launch four months ago to improve NS2," the post reads. " ... NS2 is ready for a free weekend, and we're proud of how good it will be when people arrive. "NS2 is a complex game with a steeper learning curve than many bigger titles, such as Call of Duty. During the free weekend, we can all improve newcomer's experiences by teaching new commanders, helping out newbies, and regularly...


Natural Selection 2 Steam keys purchased in $30K scam deactivated

At the request of developer Unknown Worlds, Valve has deactivated 1,341 Steam keys for multiplayer shooter Natural Selection 2 that were purchased through a scam off the developer's website, according to the developer's blog. According the post, some Natural Selection 2 players who had no previous issues with the game began receiving "Buy Again" messages when they tried to log in. The keys were purchased with credit cards using a "charge-back" mechanism that allowed the purchaser to dispute the charges. The developer never received payment for these games and lost $45 for each purchase, the price of the game plus a $22 fee, resulting in $30,000 in charges. Unknown Worlds called the incident a "prime example" of the need to be alert when purchasing discount Steam keys from third...


Natural Selection development tools released for free use

Unknown Worlds Entertainment has released the development tool and debugger used to create hybrid shooter Natural Selection 2 as an open source for any Windows PC user to download. With the tools available, anyone can now create mods for Natural Selection 2. In a recent post on the company's website, Unknown Worlds explained that it is re-evaluating its business strategy and making the tools open to the public. "As a tool, Decoda is just as important for us as it was when we wrote the first line of code," the post reads. "Our programmers use it every day in the continuing development of the game. In fact, it's so important to us that we want it to improve faster than ever ... we are most excited about what you can do to help make it the best [Integrated Development Environment] out...


Natural Selection 2 pulls in more than $1 million during first week

Natural Selection 2, Unknown Worlds' real-time strategy first-person PC shooter, sold 144,000 copies in its first week, grossing more than $1 million, reports Eurogamer. The company released an infographic breaking down seven-day sales from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7. Copies sold include pre-orders, gifts and launch sales. Following release, Natural Selection 2 has amassed a peak of 7,135 concurrent players with more than 75 thousand matches played. Unknown Worlds will begin the first-ever Natural Selection 2 large-scale competitive event Nov. 10. The matches, which will determine the European champion, will stream live via TwitchTV at 2 p.m. ET. As reported previously, Natural Selection 2 was initially troubled with money problems and little manpower. After recruiting several fans, the game...

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    • Released 10/31/2012
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