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This is a news page for game specific updates IE: from UWE directly. Please try to keep only the 4 latest entries within the <onlyinclude></onlyinclude> tags.

For wiki specific news items, please list them on the Wiki News page.

Contents

Wiki News

  • December 17, 2013
Kharaa Evolutions are up-to-date and redirected to Shell, Veil, and Spur pages.
  • October 31, 2013
Added Elite/Assault Female Marines, Shadow Gorge & Lerk images.
  • September 22, 2013
Community Spotlight:
- Check out the Marine and Alien Commander Guides by DC Darkling!
- Found bugs related to dedicated server? Help contribute to the Dedicated Server Issues page by Omega K2 and GH0sTy!
- Frontiersmen weapon pages are being improved by Mondes!
  • August 28, 2013
Frontiersmen and Kharaa overview are updated for Build 252.

See older wiki news!

Game News

  • March 17, 2014
Build 264 now live on Steam!
Hotfixes and Hallucination changes!
  • February 14, 2014
Dropship Update (263) Released!
Organized Play system, NS2 World Championship Emblems, and more!
  • December 19, 2013
Return to Eclipse in Natural Selection 2
Return to Eclipse Phase Technology Research Station in Build 262!
  • December 3, 2013
Build 261 now live on Steam!
Improved collision, commander keybinds, less hitching, and more!



2013

November

  • November 20, 2013
Build 260 Live on Steam!
Kharaa balance changes, bugfixes by collaborative effect of SamusDroid and Sewlek, and more!
  • November 6, 2013
Redeem In-Game Badges
Redeem and customize your in-game Badges from the Hive, today!

October

  • October 30, 2013
Natural Selection 2 One Year Anniversary
Build 259 marks NS2's 1 year anniversary! Includes Shadow Gorge + toys, Lerk, and more!
  • October 14, 2013
Build 258 is now live on Steam!
Tons of bugfixes and optimization!

September

  • September 30, 2013
State of Development: September 2013
Learn more about the Reinforcement Program, future development, and top secret stuff!
  • September 20, 2013
Build 256 is now live on Steam!
Bugfixes, improvements and optimization, oh my!
  • September 5, 2013
Build 255 is now live on Steam!
Badges, Elite/Assault Marines, Shadow Skulk, and more!

August

  • August 29, 2013
Reinforced Expansion Released!
Reinforcements have arrived. Join us during Free Weekend and NS2 is now 75% off on Steam!
  • August 27, 2013
Build 252 is Now Live on Steam!
Preparatory patch for the upcoming content update: Reinforced!
  • August 13, 2013
August 30: Reinforced
Reinforcements are coming. Natural Selection 2's second major content update to arrive soon!

July

  • July 24, 2013
Build 251 is Now Live on Steam!
New "Cystem", queuing orders, shell ejection, and more!
  • July 22, 2013
Naming the September Content Update
What would you call the update that includes Biodome, Female Marine, potential Linux support, and more?
  • July 21, 2013
Steam Summer Sale Daily Deal! - 75%!
Natural Selection 2 is on sale for 75% off! Enlist for the Frontiersmen-Kharaa war today!
  • July 5, 2013
State of Development: June 2013
Biodome, Steam Trading Cards, Performance Improvements, Linux, and Gameplay changes!
  • July 3, 2013
The Female Marine
Female Marines to join the fray in the upcoming September content patch!

June

  • June 26, 2013
NS2 Build 250 Live
Balance Test Mod fully integrated into vanilla NS2!
  • June 15, 2013
Proposed Balance Changes
Try out the Balance Test Mod and help shape the future of NS2 gameplay!

March

  • March 6, 2013
NS2 Build 241 Live (Hotfix)
Bugfixes and optimization for Gorgeous Update!

February

  • February 28, 2013
NS2 Build 240 "Gorgeous" Live
Babblers, Gorge Tunnel, Railgun Exosuit and more!
  • February 28, 2013
How does Gorgeous Work?
Gorgeous Screenshots
Find out about key features in the Gorgeous Update, along with screenshots to boot!
  • February 27, 2013
Gorgeous Trailer Released
Check out the awesome new trailer for the Gorgeous Update!
  • February 27, 2013
Time to be Gorgeous, fellow players!
The Gorgeous Update will be released soon, find out when across the globe!

2012

November

  • November 19, 2012
NS2 Build 230 Live
Post-release balance patch with various bugfixes!
  • November 14, 2012
NS2 Build 229 Live
Flamethrower fire residue, Crag Heal scaling, and many bugfixes!
  • November 12, 2012
Build 229 Beta on Steam
Want to help find major bugs for Build 229? Check out the beta version on Steam!
  • November 1, 2012
NS2 Build 228 Live
Precache bug fix, server browser improvements, memory optizmation!

October

  • October 30, 2012
NS2 v1.0 Released
New map: Refinery, infestation improvements, newer loading screens!
  • October 29, 2012
Beta Build 226 Live (Infestation)
Dynamic Infestation, fixes and improvements, onwards to release!
  • October 26, 2012
Beta Build 225 Live
Drifter & MAC unit cap, map loading screens, bug fixes and optimization!
  • October 25, 2012
Refinery Reveal
Check out screenshots and concept art for Refinery, a new map due for NS2 release on Halloween!
  • October 24, 2012
Beta Build 224 Live
Commander UI polish, Sentry 3.0, melee damage cones, performance & optimization!
  • October 12, 2012
Beta Build 223 Live (Hotfix)
Hotfixes for dedicated server and client, Explore Mode functional!
  • October 11, 2012
Beta Build 222 Live
Server browser filter options, Arms Lab hologram, balance changes & optimization!
  • October 9, 2012
NS2 Release Date Announced
October 31, Halloween 2012 will mark the release of Natural Selection 2!

September

  • September 28, 2012
Beta Build 221 Live (Lockdown)
Explore Mode, Steam Workshop Mod support, balance changes and bug fixes!
  • September 18, 2012
Beta Build 220 Live
Rookie Mode, Adrenaline revamp, Rifle weapon upgrade sounds!
  • September 11, 2012
Beta Build 219 Live
Sentry Battery, Exosuit thrusters, Lerk and Onos balance changes!
  • September 5, 2012
Beta Build 218 Live
Hydra durability and accuracy, Marine sprint "out of breath", balance changes and bug fixes
  • September 4, 2012
NS2 Deluxe Edition on Steam
Natural Selection 2 is officially for sale on Steam! Pre-order now to receive full game and other goodies!

August

  • August 28, 2012
Build 217 "Titanium" Live
The Exosuit and dual minigun, new Commander UI, Ambient Occlusion!
Exosuit Revealed!
Check out the new Exosuit reveal trailer!
  • August 8, 2012
Beta Build 216 Live
Insight mod integration, New Docking changes, main menu improvements!
  • August 7, 2012
NS2 Official Site Overhaul
Check out the new promo site for Natural Selection 2!

July

  • July 26, 2012
NS2 Translation Site Launched
Visit the new website to help translate NS2 across multiple languages!
Beta Build 215 Live
Armory health-only resupply, Fade double-jump, and many balance changes!
  • July 11, 2012
Beta Builds 213/214 Live
Feign Death and Adrenaline, Fade Blink changes, Hive requirements for lifeform abilities!

June

  • June 28, 2012
Beta Builds 211/212 Live
MAC EMP Blast, Infestation Spike, Play Now menu option!
  • June 15, 2012
Beta Build 210 Live
Energy removed, new Armory & Prototype Lab buy menus, advanced lifeform abilities!
  • June 14, 2012
Docking Reveal
Check out the reveal trailer for Docking, due for release in Build 210!

May

  • May 30, 2012
Beta Build 209 Live
The Shift and Spur, Poison Bite for Lerk, unchained lifeform abilities!
  • May 17, 2012
Beta Build 208 Live
Shade Ink Cloud & Hallucination, Energy-based Medpack & Ammopack, plus more features & fixes!
  • May 2, 2012
Beta Build 207 Live
Anti-camp push-back, Gorge buildings refinement... Oh my!

April

  • April 25, 2012
Beta Build 206 Live
Drifter 2.0, the Clog, free Gorge structures, and more!
  • April 19, 2012
Indie Booth: The Movie
Find out more about the developers' experiences at PAX East 2012!
  • April 19, 2012
Beta Build 205 Live
Alien structures now mature over time, Nutrient Mist, and lots more goodies!
  • April 16, 2012
Alien Commander v2.0
Charlie gives us a detailed design log regarding the new Alien Commander's gameplay.

2010

November

  • November 19, 2010
NS2 Closed Beta
We have only 10,000 closed beta slots available. So if you want to play the game early and perhaps influence its growth, come on in!
The NS2 closed beta is also available to everyone that has previously purchased NS2!
  • November 19, 2010
We've just been informed that the NS2 Beta is...NOW LIVE!
Blog update, more screenshots, details coming in 12 hours.
  • November 18, 2010
2-minute video showing the playable alien "Fade" class from Natural Selection 2. See him doing what he does best - "blinking" and killing. Play him tomorrow in beta!

October

  • October 15, 2010
Continuing with our Alien structure updates, here is a quick look at the "Whip". This is a new upgrade structure that really has no counterpart from NS1.
  • July 26, 2010
NS2 Alpha out!
Two weeks ago, when we announced our plans for releasing the alpha, we knew we had a ton of work to do. But we also knew that most of the core game was working, we just had to pull it all together. We've been working so hard for so long on this game, we just knew we could do it.
This is the beginning of a long and rewarding journey, and tonight, we all take the first step together. We hope you enjoy playing as much as we do making it.
NOTE: The Special Edition was discontinued and the price for the Standard Edition has increased.

July

  • July 15, 2010
NS2 Alpha date set!
NS2 Alpha is around the corner. The day: Monday, July 26th (11 days). If you've pre-ordered the Special Edition already, THANK YOU. Otherwise, if you want to be playing on Day 1, you'll need to order it before then.
NOTE: After July 26th, we are discontinuing the Special Edition and black marine armor and will be increasing the price on the Standard Edition. We want to make sure our early adopters retain this distinction.
Take an sneak peak on this new screenshots and information about what to expect in the alpha.

April

  • April 23, 2010
Since the release of the engine test it's been super busy around here. Just like when we released the first version of the editor, our first step has been to address any crash bugs that showed up. Friday Update - Engine Progress
  • April 16, 2010
Engine Test follow-up We're very happy that it seemed to be well-received and that all of you are enjoying an early look at the technology and art style in the game.
  • April 9, 2010
Today is a big milestone for Unknown Worlds: we've just released the NS2 "Engine Test" to everyone that has pre-ordered the game! This is the first version of the game and game engine. NS2 Engine Test released!

2009

October

  • 31st October, 2009
UWE have announced a release date for the Level editor for all pre-orders to come sometime during November. On top of that some awesome updates on game status as well
  • 2nd October, 2009
UWE has released a short video that show all of the components that make up the rendering system in the engine. See it here

September

  • 15th September, 2009
UWE have released a new update about the Frontiersmen! Read it here

August

  • 20th August, 2009
UWE have released the Gorge Reveal! See how cute he is!
  • 18th August, 2009
UWE have released the Infantry Portal Reveal! Check out the new looks!
  • 12th August, 2009
UWE have released another update, the Armory Reveal! Check out the new looks!
  • 6th August, 2009
UWE have released all their Skulk information. Read It Here!
  • 5th August, 2009
Skulk IGN Reveal Video up. Full details in 24-hours!

July

  • 27th July, 2009
New Environment Props article is online. See some of UWE's development from Conception to Render here
  • 2nd July, 2009
Knife/Pistol possible replacement announced. Read about it here
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