Having only recently released the first screenshots
of their upcoming game Natural Selection 2, the devs from Unknown Worlds have today announced that they're releasing the game's editor to all pre-order customers.
This is a great show of support to the loyal community and a sign of good things to come, particularly as games like Modern Warfare 2 move away from user-created content. As the follow-up to the 2002 Natural Selection Half-life modification it's a game that obviously wouldn't even exist if not for mod support.
This is a tool we've designed and built from the ground up, melding some of the tried-and-true concepts from level building tools, with some new features we're really excited about.
This is a pre-alpha release of the editor, which means we still have lots of features to add and bugs to fix. Releasing something that is in this stage of development is pretty daunting – especially when we know it will be compared to more mature tools that have had many man-years of development – but we expect that most of you would rather get an early build than wait for something perfect. So much for "when it's done!"
Natural Selection 2 is still poised for a 2010 release, exclusive to PC at this stage. Head over to the official site
to get your pre-order on.