Natural Selection 2 Pre-Orders Transferable to Steam

Those who pre-order Natural Selection 2 will be able to activate a Steam copy of the indie PC sci-fi FPS-RTS hybrid with their key, developer Unknown Worlds has confirmed with Valve.

The news is celebrated with a single fresh screenshot showing a gaggle of lerks in flight.

While a Steam version of NS2 was always planned, UW had previously been unable to confirm that pre-order keys would be transferable. Valve's Steamworks suite will be used for "voice support, friends lists and server browser," founder Charlie Cleveland told Shacknews in an interview, and "we'll probably use their anti-cheat as well."

UW also reveals that it has "over 10,000" pre-orders so far, which Cleveland told us were hugely important as they were "the only funding we're currently receiving." The recent discount bundle with Wolfire Games' rabbity Overgrowth sold 1,658 copies.

NS2 can be pre-ordered from $20 from UW for $20, which will grant beta access, while a $40 'Special Edition' also offers access to the alpha and to a pre-alpha engine test due to roll out "shortly" plus exclusive black armour. The editor is already available for pre-orderers to make levels, which have a shot at being included in the final release.

Natural Selection 2's launch was once slated for fall 2009 but, having missed that, Cleveland recently told Shacknews that "we're only going to release when it's ready."

From The Chatty
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    March 3, 2010 11:06 AM

    Has alpha even been released?

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      March 3, 2010 11:08 AM

      I'm fairly certain if you preordered the $40 edition or the Overgrowth pack then you get to play the alpha right away. Personally, I couldn't afford it at the time but I did want both games in that sweet deal... Oh well, the $20 is good enough, I'll wait for beta.

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      March 3, 2010 11:10 AM

      No, but I've seen some steam friends popups from at least some basic engine/steam integration testing going on.

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        March 3, 2010 11:55 AM

        I can confirm this. A mass email was sent out to all pre-orderers a few days ago stating that an engine test is being rolled out. I wouldn't be surprised if an alpha is not far off.

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          March 3, 2010 12:14 PM

          Yeah I'm still waiting to get into this engine test they are doing. I doubt the gameplay mechanics will be all there but it will be cool to run around in the world.

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            March 3, 2010 2:43 PM

            According to the email, the lua code is supposed to be with the engine test as well. Allowing people to modify it.

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