The designer behind Subnautica's audio is no longer part of the Unknown Worlds crew.
Natural Selection dev Unknown Worlds' next game is quite different from their first. Subnautica is an "open world underwater exploration and construction game," where players will have to dive through the depths to collect resources while avoiding creatures.
Some FPS maps are stamped into the spatial memory of their players forever: DM6; 2Fort; Q2DM1; Urban; Wake Island; de_dust. For me, ns_eclipse from Natural Selection is up there too, so how wonderful it's now in the mod's commercial sequel. Developer Unknown Worlds yesterday released a Natural Selection 2 patch adding a remake of the classic map, along with a handful of performance optimisations, balance tweaks, and bug fixes.
Unknown Worlds' first commercial game was a sequel to its lovely mod Natural Selection, but its second shall be quite different indeed. The developer is diving deep with Subnautica, which it describes as an "open world underwater exploration and construction game" about exploring the exciting and terrible unknown, meeting what lives down there.
What does your indie team do when you have bills to pay but still want to focus on your pride and joy? Rather turn to paid DLC or start work on a sequel, Natural Selection 2 developer Unknown Worlds is trying a spot more crowdfunding to keep the FPS-RTS's free updates rolling. This comes after it launched another big free update, and has kicked off a free weekend and sale to draw in more players.
Hey, you! Have you played Natural Selection 2 yet? If you fancy giving the FPS-RTS a go, today's your lucky day, as it'll be free for all and sundry to try and play on Steam from this morning until Sunday. To put a cherry on top, developer Unknown Worlds is cutting the price by 50% for the weekend too, bringing it down to $12.50.
There are, on this big wide Internet, shadowy sites which sell game keys a fair bit cheaper than other stores. While some seem legitimate-ish in a 'grey area' sort of way, apparently reselling keys from regions where games are cheaper, others are downright illegal. Natural Selection 2 developer Unknown Worlds has cancelled 1,341 NS2 keys and eaten around $30,000 in charge-back costs after keys were bought with stolen credit cards then resold.
A hefty update for Natural Selection 2 hatches today, bringing everything from bug fixes and a new map to exosuit railguns and hordes of screeching deathbugs. Developer Unknown Worlds describes the free 'Gorgeous' update as "much bigger" than any since its October launch. To top it all off, the FPS-RTS will be half-price this weekend.
Halloween is a time for surprises so, with that in mind, boo! Sci-fi FPS-RPG Natural Selection 2 was due to emerge from its leathery egg on that fateful day but, developer Unknown Worlds has announced, is coming early. Only a little, given that Halloween is tomorrow, but it's quite welcome.
The spookiest treat of Halloween 2002 was the very first release of Natural Selection for Half-Life, a throughly splendid asymmetrical FPS-RTS. Now, developer Unknown Worlds has announced that it'll release the commercial sequel Natural Selection 2 on that very naughty night this year, exactly a decade later.
Multiplayer-only games live or die on their ability to draw a lasting playerbase, but this can be tricky when you've only got the resources of a small indie studio at hand. Unknown Worlds is tackling this head-on before it can even become an issue for Natural Selection 2, handing out an extra 45,000 free copies of the FPS-RTS to early pre-orders to jump-start the multiplayer community.
Unknown Worlds still won't say quite when Natural Selection 2's supposedly "imminent" release will be, the FPS-RTS must be approaching as the final big content patch for the pre-order beta is about to stomp out. Oh yes, stomp out indeed, as it adds a mighty exosuit for the marines to go all Starship Troopers, along with a map inspired by the classic NS_Veil.
FPS-RTS Natural Selection 2's long gestation will end this summer, when Unknown Worlds' multiplayer evolve 'em up hatches on PC, Mac and Linux.