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.