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NS2 Build 211/212 changelog
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 211/212 changelog

Jun 29, 2012 Natural Selection 2 9 comments

We had some Steam-build problems which caused Build 211 to be lost in the ether, but we've got that sorted and NS2 212 is here.

NS2 Build 209
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 209

May 31, 2012 Natural Selection 2 3 comments

Here is the changelog for Build 209, Grenade launcher is now a separate weapon. New Alien Chambers and abilities, More Alien Commander changes! Larks...

NS2 Build 208 is now live on Steam!
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 208 is now live on Steam!

May 22, 2012 Natural Selection 2 4 comments

Build 208 Released. Drifters recently became scouts no longer performing a builder role. Cloaking when stationery they can spy on the other team, In this...

Build 207 released
Natural Selection 2

Build 207 released

May 2, 2012 Natural Selection 2 8 comments

There are a lot of subtle changes and fixes in this build. Nothing too mind-shattering, but the alien armor changes, Gorge refinements and fixing of sentry...

Build 206 released
Natural Selection 2

Build 206 released

Apr 26, 2012 Natural Selection 2 5 comments

NS2 Build 206 is now available on Steam. New Drifters, Oni and Clogs, oh my!

PAX East & Build 202
Natural Selection 2

PAX East & Build 202

Mar 31, 2012 Natural Selection 2 7 comments

Build 202 is now live on Steam and we are preparing for PAX East next week.

Build 201 & New Purchase Options
Natural Selection 2

Build 201 & New Purchase Options

Mar 28, 2012 Natural Selection 2 16 comments

We transitioned the Natural Selection 2 store over to Humble Bundle, Inc. This means we now support non-Paypal transactions, which many of you have been...

Build 200 released
Natural Selection 2

Build 200 released

Mar 16, 2012 Natural Selection 2 6 comments

Build 200 is now live on Steam with many new features and fixes.

Build 199 released
Natural Selection 2

Build 199 released

Mar 2, 2012 Natural Selection 2 11 comments

Here's a new patch for you. There's more work in iterating and testing, but we think it will be better for the overall game's development to keep them...

Build 198 & 197
Natural Selection 2

Build 198 & 197

Feb 25, 2012 Natural Selection 2 7 comments

NS2 Build 198 is now live on Steam! Here's a super-quick video showing the new animated marine waypoints and the builder weapon. It's amazing how much...

Gorilla released (NS2 Build 194)
Natural Selection 2

Gorilla released (NS2 Build 194)

Feb 2, 2012 Natural Selection 2 23 comments

Gorilla. Has. Arrived. NS2 Gorilla Gameplay Trailer New Alien Class, Marine Tech and Map

Build 190 + 191 Patch Released
Natural Selection 2

Build 190 + 191 Patch Released

Jan 12, 2012 Natural Selection 2 8 comments

We have just released NS2 Build 190. There are some good optimizations and fixes in here, as well as some improvements to mouse lag, making the game noticeably...

NS2 Build 189 released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 189 released

Dec 2, 2011 Natural Selection 2 9 comments

NS2 Build 189 is now live on Steam! Performance and a variety of bug fixes are the main changes in this patch.

NS2 Build 188 released (Happy Thanksgiving!)
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 188 released (Happy Thanksgiving!)

Nov 24, 2011 Natural Selection 2 7 comments

NS2 Build 188 is now live on Steam! Welcome to the biggest update to NS2 we've put out yet. Build 188 has many visual, UI and sound improvements, along...

Mineshaft Reveal
Natural Selection 2

Mineshaft Reveal

Oct 31, 2011 Natural Selection 2 13 comments

In honor of the 9th anniversary of the first Natural Selection, we’d like to give you the first look at a new map which will soon be available to play...

Occlusion Culling Interview
Natural Selection 2

Occlusion Culling Interview

Oct 25, 2011 Natural Selection 2 6 comments

For our more egg-headed players, Hugh and Max just put together a special interview and video talking about occlusion culling in general and how it is...

NS2 Build 186/187 released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 186/187 released

Oct 7, 2011 Natural Selection 2 4 comments

Well it took us longer than we were hoping, but Build 186 is now done and on Steam. The goal of this patch was to fix as much as possible so we could...

Rifle Rework
Natural Selection 2

Rifle Rework

Sep 20, 2011 Natural Selection 2 14 comments

Deviating from the usual patch release blog posts, we’ve decided to put together a quick preview of a visual overhaul we recently made to an important...

NS2 Build 185 released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 185 released

Aug 28, 2011 Natural Selection 2 2 comments

NS2 Build 185 is now live on Steam! There have been a lot of bug and balance fixes in this version. Notably, the Lerk and Fade have been re-balanced quite...

NS2 Build 184 released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 184 released

Aug 9, 2011 Natural Selection 2 3 comments

The biggest changes of note here are the addition of the Shade (the "sensory chamber" replacement for the aliens), Distress Beacon for marines as well...

NS2 Build 181 released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 181 released

Jul 25, 2011 Natural Selection 2 6 comments

The latest patch notes for the Natural Selection 2 Build 181

NS2 Build 178
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 178

Jun 8, 2011 Natural Selection 2 9 comments

The latest patch for the Natural Selection 2 Beta is now available on Steam. This is probably our biggest patch yet!

NS2 Build 177 Released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 177 Released

May 11, 2011 Natural Selection 2 11 comments

This week's patch includes a number of design tweaks which Charlie has detailed in the online Design Log. Marc continued to improve ns2_rockdown by opening...

NS2 Build 176 Released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 176 Released

May 4, 2011 Natural Selection 2 3 comments

This patch mostly contains bug fixes, but an exciting visual change is a new area on ns2_rockdown. The ns2_rockdown map was originally created to test...

NS2 Build 174 & 175 Double Patch Week
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 174 & 175 Double Patch Week

Apr 28, 2011 Natural Selection 2 5 comments

After the release of Build 174 we learned of some performance problems on the server when a MAC or Drifter moved far outside of the level. Build 175 should...

NS2 Build 173 Released
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 173 Released

Apr 21, 2011 Natural Selection 2 10 comments

The latest patch for the Natural Selection 2 Beta is now available on Steam.

Art talk with Cory and Patch release 171
Natural Selection 2

Art talk with Cory and Patch release 171

Apr 13, 2011 Natural Selection 2 3 comments

A short video with Cory talking about the art design behind the Marines and Aliens plus ptach notes from version 171 released yesterday.

NS2 Build 168 is now live on Steam.
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 168 is now live on Steam.

Mar 16, 2011 Natural Selection 2 17 comments

NS2 Build 168 is now live on Steam. Here's a video showing the visual changes in this build along with a little behind the scenes look at some of the...

NS2HD Video Interview - Episode One
Natural Selection 2

NS2HD Video Interview - Episode One

Mar 13, 2011 Natural Selection 2 6 comments

In this first episode series of interviews NS2HD asks some members of the team what they like about Natural Selection.

NS2 Build 167 & The GDC
Natural Selection 2

NS2 Build 167 & The GDC

Mar 10, 2011 Natural Selection 2 2 comments

We were at GDC last week (and prepping for GDC) so we didn't get much done for this patch, but we still got some significant fixes in. The patch is uploading...

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