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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.

What are the system requirements?

These are the requirements retrieved from the game's page on Steam as retrieved on 8th of January 2015.


  • OS: Windows 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.6 ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with 1GB VRAM and support for Shader Model 3 (e.g. ATI X800, NVidia 8600 or better)
  • DirectX®: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space


  • OS: Windows 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 3.0 ghz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with 1GB, AMD 5770, NVidia GTX 450 or better
  • DirectX®: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 5 GB HD space

Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection

What engine does 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.

Is NS2 a mod like NS?

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

What languages does NS2 support?

The steam page lists available languages. English is the only spoken language, but the interface is translated to some other languages including French, German, Spanish, Polish and Russian. 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!

Are there any ported versions of NS maps?

NS2 originally shipped with five new maps and a port of Veil. It's 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. At the end of 2013, Uknown Worlds released a port of the NS1 map Eclipse.

Does NS2 include Combat mode from NS?

No, the games does not include a combat mode. There is a community mod for Combat Mode though.

31st of October 2014 NS2: Combat was released on Steam. It's a stand alone game from NS2 developed by a different studio.

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 platforms are supported?

The two supported platforms are Windows and Linux. Check out the Linux Guide if you are having troubles.

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