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What is Natural Selection 2?

Natural Selection 2 (NS2) is a multiplayer computer game mixing first-person shooter and real-time strategy gameplay. It is set in a science fiction universe.


When will NS2 be released?

Version 1.0 was released on October 30, 2012.


What are the system requirements?

The target specifications for Version 1.0 are 1.2 GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, a DirectX 9 level graphics card, Windows Vista/2000/XP, Steam, mouse, keyboard and of course, an internet connection. We are working hard to make sure NS2 runs well on average hardware without having to upgrade your machine!


What engine will the game run on?

A custom engine, Spark. NS2 started life on the Counter-Strike: Source/HL2 Episode 1 source branch but has since moved to a new custom engine. All the gameplay code was written in Lua so most of the game translated over smoothly. Main article: Engine.


Will NS2 be a mod like NS?

Nope, NS2 will be a complete stand-alone game on our own engine and will not require Half-Life 2. Unknown Worlds Entertainment are in no way affiliated with Valve or Half-life.


What languages will NS2 support?

English initially, with additional language support to follow. You can help translate NS2 into multiple languages here.


What's the modding situation with NS2?

Without modding, there would have been no Natural Selection, so we're dedicated to providing the community with the most powerful and easy-to-use modding tools possible. We're shipping all our content tools we are using to build Natural Selection 2 along with the game. This includes our level editor, model viewer, cinematic editor. Furthermore, because we are writing 100% of our game in Lua script, you'll be able to add your own weapons, gameplay modes and entirely new games with relative ease. Everyone that buys the game will get the same tools we used to build the game. We're even shipping our commercial script debugger and our own gameplay code with the game. So we expect NS2 to be the most modded game ever!


Will there be ported versions of NS maps?

NS2 shipped with five new maps and a port of Veil. It will be up to the community to bring the rest of the NS1 maps over to NS2, however, there are large gameplay differences that will affect the feel of these maps.


Does NS2 include Combat mode from NS?

No, we're not planning to include a combat mode in NS2 at this time. There is already a community mod for Combat Mode.


Will there be any Outdoor environments?

We'll probably be saving any significant outdoor environments for a future expansion or game so that we have the time and resources to do it right.


What platform(s) will it be released on?

Initially for Windows PC. Planned for later release on Mac, Xbox 360 and possibly Linux.


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