The Spark engine is designed to enable small teams to make immersive games. As a tiny team ourselves, having tools that let us iterate extremely quickly is an absolute must.

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10 Copies of NS / OG to giveaway!

10 Copies of NS / OG to giveaway!

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.

Meet the resource tower
Natural Selection 2

Meet the resource tower

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...

Occlusion Culling
Natural Selection 2

Occlusion Culling

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...

Detailed Onos "reveal"
Natural Selection 2

Detailed Onos "reveal"

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...

Knife + Pistol = Taser?
Natural Selection 2

Knife + Pistol = Taser?

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...

Environment Props
Natural Selection 2

Environment Props

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...

Detailed Skulk "Reveal"
Natural Selection 2

Detailed Skulk "Reveal"

Natural Selection 2 24 comments

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

Armory Reveal
Natural Selection 2

Armory Reveal

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...

Infantry Portal Reveal
Natural Selection 2

Infantry Portal Reveal

Natural Selection 2 15 comments

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

Gorge Reveal
Natural Selection 2

Gorge Reveal

Natural Selection 2 17 comments

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

Community Showcase
Natural Selection 2

Community Showcase

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...

Spark SDK (Build 133) Released
Natural Selection 2

Spark SDK (Build 133) Released

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...

Friday Update - Build 137 and Sound Montages
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - Build 137 and Sound Montages

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...

Friday Update - Lerk Reveal
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - Lerk Reveal

Natural Selection 2 17 comments

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

NS2 coming to Steam!
Natural Selection 2

NS2 coming to Steam!

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 - The Pistol and Axe
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - The Pistol and Axe

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...

Friday Update - Level Processing
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - Level Processing

Natural Selection 2 19 comments

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

Friday Update - Build 148, Jetpacks and...Legos?
Natural Selection 2

Friday Update - Build 148, Jetpacks and...Legos?

Natural Selection 2 11 comments

This week we've got a few things to talk about. We've published a patch to the Engine Test and tools which will be available on Steam later today. One...

Damage Types in NS2
Half-Life

Damage Types in NS2

Natural Selection 19 comments

Hey everyone, I wanted to discuss damage types in NS2 briefly, and it's a bit much to discuss properly for tweet.

The Shotgun
Half-Life

The Shotgun

Natural Selection 58 comments

We thought we'd take a moment to show you the updated version of one of the favorite weapons from NS1 (unless you were a Skulk...) - the Shotgun.

Design of ns2_tram
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Design of ns2_tram

Natural Selection 8 comments

For today's update we would like to focus on "Tram", one of several maps currently in development. This full sized NS2 map will ship with the Alpha, so...

Hydra Reveal
Natural Selection 2

Hydra Reveal

Natural Selection 2 11 comments

For this update we'd like to show off the first of the alien structures, the Hydra.

NS2 Alpha Date Set!
Half-Life

NS2 Alpha Date Set!

Natural Selection 27 comments

As you all know, we strongly value our ties to you, the community. When we released NS v1.0 after 18 months (games were easier back then!), in some ways...

First ingame screenshots of Natural Selection 2
Natural Selection 2

First ingame screenshots of Natural Selection 2

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...

Effect Editor Part 1
Natural Selection 2

Effect Editor Part 1

Natural Selection 2 7 comments

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

NS2 teaser trailer, new website and pre-orders!
Natural Selection 2

NS2 teaser trailer, new website and pre-orders!

Natural Selection 2 88 comments

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

Anatomy of a Scene
Natural Selection 2

Anatomy of a Scene

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...

Level Editor "Spark" Released
Natural Selection 2

Level Editor "Spark" Released

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...

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

Prop Artist Bill and Spark Editor Update (Build 135)

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 Engine Questions and Answers #1
Natural Selection 2

Spark Engine Questions and Answers #1

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...