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Post by Dan @ 01:36pm 14/07/10 | 14 Comments
Following up on yesterday's promised reveal and confirming the speculative guesses of most, Unknown Worlds have announced July 26th 2010 as the launch date for their first Alpha test of the hotly anticipated Natural Selection 2.

Unlike many game's alpha and beta tests that restrict their players to a privileged few, the NS2 alpha will be open to anyone that has pre-ordered the special edition of the game. For those who haven't yet, you've got two weeks to sort it out if you want in on the Alpha test.
By giving out stuff earlier, we encourage people to buy earlier, which means we can fund the company without having a publisher involved. Remaining independent is not without its drawbacks, but was the right choice for us and has allowed us to build a proper sequel worthy of the original.
Here's what to expect:
NS2 Alpha 1 content
  • One of our shipping maps (ns2_tram), plus some smaller "test" maps
  • Marine, with Rifle, Pistol, SwitchAx, Grenade Launcher
  • Skulks, Gorges, Lerks and their basic movement abilities and weapons
  • Marine armory "buy" screen for purchasing new equipment
  • Alien evolution menu for choosing your lifeform and upgrades
  • Basic marine and alien commander interfaces including MACs, Drifters
  • Much of our final sounds, artwork, animations, etc.
Check out the official site for more details.



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ravn0s
Posted 01:45pm 14/7/10
kinda silly to have only 2 weeks to decide whether you want into alpha. you should be able to buy it after alpha starts and immediately get into alpha.
TiT
Posted 02:05pm 14/7/10
Im still not sure on this game, i did like the first NS
Winston
Posted 02:08pm 14/7/10
Same, I'll wait and see before I buy this.
LOTUK
Posted 03:55pm 14/7/10
I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and bought the special edition as soon as it was announced. But it's not a reward if they offer it to everyone. So I think it makes sense for them to reward those who pre-purchased before the alpha.

I do have my doubts as to if this will take off or not, but it's a risk I'm hoping pays off well :)
glynd
Posted 03:59pm 14/7/10
I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and bought the special edition as soon as it was announced. But it's not a reward if they offer it to everyone. So I think it makes sense for them to reward those who pre-purchased before the alpha.I do have my doubts as to if this will take off or not, but it's a risk I'm hoping pays off well :)


at the same time, I got my $40 worth from NS1. either way, i'm pumped for this.
gamer
Posted 08:08pm 14/7/10
all you guys are talking like the beta isn't going to be open. IT IS.

The special ns2 is for those who want the black armor (who cares) and access to the ALPHA.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 09:23pm 14/7/10

I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and bought the special edition as soon as it was announced. But it's not a reward if they offer it to everyone. So I think it makes sense for them to reward those who pre-purchased before the alpha.


A reward? They are the ones needing the money.
bLaZe
Posted 03:52am 15/7/10
any idea what the server situation will be?
gamer
Posted 09:06am 15/7/10
dedicated server has already been confirmed.

no idea if you need steam to download/run it though. knowing the unknown worlds guys, there is no way you'll need steam to download and run a ns2 server.
Freewheelin
Posted 01:14pm 15/7/10
doubt very much it would require steam to download or run it.

unless they completely ignored the dedicated server guide for developers we sent them

ill not be going to any effort to support it if they do gay it up with steam requirements though. its becoming an unfortunately more popular and completely retarded trend of independent/small/clueless game devs
Dazhel
Posted 01:32pm 15/7/10
first Alpha test


Are they going to pay people for their time that they volunteer to help work out the bugs?
XaartaX
Posted 01:38pm 15/7/10
If you were being paid to test then you'd be an employee and not a volunteer no?
Khel
Posted 02:39pm 15/7/10
What is final artwork and sounds doing in an alpha before the game is even feature complete? Sounds like a bit of a back to front way of doing things. By the end of alpha testing a game is meant to be feature complete, doesn't sound like this is anywhere near feature complete :( But hey, final artwork and sounds! Awesome! Right?
gamer
Posted 04:24pm 15/7/10
Perhaps because art and sounds are done by someone clearly different then the programming?

Programming and art/sound could both be 30% done for all you know. It's just that the sound/art guy chose to do certain things included in the alpha first.

I don't see whats so hard to comprehend about that.
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