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Post by Dan @ 10:39am 27/05/14 | 8 Comments
We missed this one last week, but news is slow today on account of North American public holiday weekend, so here you go.

Continuing its tradition of unorthodox game development, Natural Selection 2 developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment has permitted a community team to continue development of the multiplayer shooter while they focus on their next game, Subnautica (thanks Rock, Paper, Shotgun).

A detailed forum post by explains that a community dev team -- referring to themselves as NS2CDT -- consisting of 14 Natural Selection 2 players from around the world, will be working on forthcoming patches for the game.
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!

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 to see NS2 become bigger and better than ever before! There is potential for greatness, but we will have many hurdles to overcome along the way. While these things take time to implement and grow, we plan on being very open with what we are actively working on. Afterall, it is by the community, for the community!
Open game development seems like a great idea. Hopefuly they don't make a mess of it, so we can see more of this kind of thing.



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Latest Comments
Khel
Posted 10:42am 27/5/14
Did it ever actually get finished? Or is it still in beta?
Dan
Posted 10:49am 27/5/14
WirlWind
Posted 11:29am 27/5/14
Seems kind of lazy: "Hey, let's just let the community finish our game and we can start something else."

Also sounds kind of awesome too. Hopefully they take the Gorge back to earlier levels of awesome. I missed having unlimited troves of those plant turrets because that was a large part of the class.

When they nerfed it down to only 3, I was sad. I stopped playing gorge soon after.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:31am 27/5/14
Community lead amateur developers, this generally doesn't end well.
Net
Posted 03:06pm 27/5/14
Does anyone still play NS2 in Australia? I love it, it's an awesome game - except when I last played it there was almost nobody playing (in Australia) and those who were, well they were not a challenge at all. It came down to just rolling them every time and it wasn't fun for either side.

As far as being "lazy", the developers worked extremely hard to get NS2 off the ground. Except it's likely not making money any more. They're smart to try and move onto something else and make sure the future of the game still gets attention rather than having it die from neglect.

I still have a spare free copy to gift on Steam (bought the 4pack) if anyone is interested in trying it out.
Message me (http://www.ausgamers.com/messaging/write.php?to=10049754) if you want it.
reso
Posted 03:40pm 27/5/14
I think it is a great idea, when you consider where the NS2 devs started out as well. This way players can still get updates and bug fixes and the devs can start working on a new game. Much better than just dropping support for it completely.
Mosfx
Posted 03:55pm 27/5/14
there are three or four Aus servers that are always packed I just hate waiting to play :(
bonage
Posted 01:03am 28/5/14
@Net - yes NS2 is still played in Australia. We have our own competitive league, pugs every night, and stream most of our competitive matches. Head on over to www.ausns2.org if you are interested in playing competitively, or even if you just want to hang out with other Aussie/NZ NS2 players.

With regard to the community development announcement - it's actually a fantastic move by UWE. We will be getting so many more bug fixes/game improvements now that these community leaders are involved in NS2 moving forward. Many of these 'community devs' worked with UWE in making the game in the first place, some being part time devs on the team, some contractors etc. UWE still has oversight of what they do, so there is still a process of quality assurance etc.

It's an exciting time because there is potential for a lot more content, performance increases, and quality of life improvements ahead for the game that will ensure it continues to be played.
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