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Engine Test Release Date Set - Friday, April 9th!
Natural Selection 2

Engine Test Release Date Set - Friday, April 9th!

Mar 30, 2010 Natural Selection 2 20 comments

The engine test is a runnable version of the engine designed to help us tune the performance, compatibility, and networking prior to the release of the...

Friday Update - Level Processing
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - Level Processing

Mar 14, 2010 Natural Selection 2 19 comments

Apologizes for the delay in getting this post up, the video encoder wasn't being very cooperative.

Friday Update - The Pistol and Axe
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - The Pistol and Axe

Mar 6, 2010 Natural Selection 2 18 comments

Since our most recent screenshot had the new NS2 pistol in it we thought it would be appropriate to put together a blog showcasing the weapons that a...

NS2 coming to Steam!
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NS2 coming to Steam!

Mar 2, 2010 Natural Selection 2 40 comments

We have confirmed with Valve that pre-orders will transfer properly to Steam! As you know, we have been funded largely by preorders although many of you...

Friday Update - Lerk Reveal
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - Lerk Reveal

Feb 26, 2010 Natural Selection 2 17 comments

It's been a long time coming, but here's the fourth in our alien reveals...the Lerk!

Friday Update - Build 137 and Sound Montages
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - Build 137 and Sound Montages

Feb 19, 2010 Natural Selection 2 7 comments

It's Friday and we have another weekly update for you. If absence truly makes the heart grow fonder, then this week's patch to the Spark tool set should...

Alien Harvest Reveal / Spark Q&A Part 2
Natural Selection 2

Alien Harvest Reveal / Spark Q&A Part 2

Feb 14, 2010 Natural Selection 2 21 comments

The first of the new Alien structures, The Harvester, is revealed! Also, Max continues his Q&A with fans, this time discussing the Cinematic Editor...

NS2 Wins Indie Game of the Year! Pre-Alpha Footage Released
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NS2 Wins Indie Game of the Year! Pre-Alpha Footage Released

Feb 9, 2010 Natural Selection 2 46 comments

Natural Selection 2 just won ModDB's Indie Game of the Year! There you'll see the first game footage of the skulk, marine, gorge, command station, the...

Spark Engine Questions and Answers #1
Natural Selection 2

Spark Engine Questions and Answers #1

Feb 4, 2010 Natural Selection 2 15 comments

Many people seemed interested to learn more about the Spark Engine. Is it just the Editor? Or the entire game? Lead engine programmer Max answers these...

Prop Artist Bill and Spark Editor Update (Build 135)
Natural Selection 2

Prop Artist Bill and Spark Editor Update (Build 135)

Jan 31, 2010 Natural Selection 2 6 comments

Along with this week's patch we'd like to give some credit to one of the more unsung heroes of the development team, Bill Smith. He joined the team last...

Spark SDK (Build 133) Released
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Spark SDK (Build 133) Released

Jan 23, 2010 Natural Selection 2 15 comments

Once again, this Friday we have another update to the Spark SDK for everyone who has pre-ordered Natural Selection 2. The Spark SDK is the package which...

10 Copies of NS / OG to giveaway!

10 Copies of NS / OG to giveaway!

Jan 7, 2010 Editor's Notes 102 comments

To promote Natural Selection 2 and Overgrowth's 40% off organic indie pack, they have given us 10 copies of each game to giveaway.

Community Showcase
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Community Showcase

Dec 15, 2009 Natural Selection 2 12 comments

Three weeks ago we released the Spark Level Editor to everyone who pre-ordered Natural Selection 2. Our community has produced a lot of great stuff so...

Level Editor "Spark" Released
Natural Selection 2

Level Editor "Spark" Released

Nov 26, 2009 Natural Selection 2 21 comments

Today we're releasing the Spark level editor to everyone who pre-ordered Natural Selection 2. This is a tool we've designed and built from the ground...

First ingame screenshots of Natural Selection 2
Natural Selection 2

First ingame screenshots of Natural Selection 2

Oct 31, 2009 Natural Selection 2 39 comments

This Halloween marks the 7th Anniversary of the first public release of the original Natural Selection! To celebrate, please find below the first screenshots...

Anatomy of a Scene
Natural Selection 2

Anatomy of a Scene

Oct 3, 2009 Natural Selection 2 18 comments

Two weeks ago we we posted some screen shots of the new marines in Natural Selection 2. We were really happy to hear the overwhelmingly positive response...

Gorge Reveal
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Gorge Reveal

Sep 16, 2009 Natural Selection 2 17 comments

As the fourth part in our alien "reveals", we give to you, the Gorge!

Infantry Portal Reveal
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Infantry Portal Reveal

Aug 19, 2009 Natural Selection 2 15 comments

We continue our look at the revamped marine structures in NS2 with the new design for the Infantry Portal.

Armory Reveal
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Armory Reveal

Aug 17, 2009 Natural Selection 2 9 comments

Just to switch things up a bit from the alien reveals, we wanted to show off some more of the revamped marine structures in the game. First up is the...

Detailed Skulk "Reveal"
Natural Selection 2

Detailed Skulk "Reveal"

Aug 6, 2009 Natural Selection 2 24 comments

As the second part in our alien "reveals", we give to you the Skulk!

Environment Props
Natural Selection 2

Environment Props

Jul 28, 2009 Natural Selection 2 11 comments

Our environment artists have been cranking out both map specific and generic props. We wanted to post some images of these assets, and discuss a bit of...

Knife + Pistol = Taser?
Natural Selection 2

Knife + Pistol = Taser?

Jul 22, 2009 Natural Selection 2 9 comments

Being a small team with limited resources, and because we are essentially minimalists, we are always thinking of ways we can get more out of less. We...

Detailed Onos "reveal"
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Detailed Onos "reveal"

Jul 6, 2009 Natural Selection 2 16 comments

Hey everyone! Last week IGN released the first of our 5 alien "reveals". Each one showcases an alien in NS2, including the new concept art, final in-game...

NS2 teaser trailer, new website and pre-orders!
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NS2 teaser trailer, new website and pre-orders!

May 27, 2009 Natural Selection 2 88 comments

Unknown Worlds have released the new teaser trailer, a new promo website and are now taking pre-orders!

Effect Editor Part 1
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Effect Editor Part 1

Apr 7, 2009 Natural Selection 2 7 comments

The team take you through their recently built effect editor for their engine.

Occlusion Culling
Natural Selection 2

Occlusion Culling

Mar 5, 2009 Natural Selection 2 16 comments

On of the important tasks in a first person engine is occlusion culling. Occlusion culling is the process of discarding elements of the world that aren't...

Meet the resource tower
Natural Selection 2

Meet the resource tower

Jan 28, 2009 Natural Selection 2 9 comments

In this blog entry we're going to give you a look at the new and improved resource tower. For those that aren't familiar with Natural Selection, the resource...

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