Natural Selection 2 is the sequel to the popular Half-Life mod Natural Selection. It is built on our own engine and will be distributed through Valve's Steam platform.

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A Natural Selection 2 Free Weekend will take place between Thursday, 21 March and Sunday, 24 March. During this free weekend, which is PAX week, NS2 will be 50% off!

Posted by SgtBarlow on Mar 21st, 2013

This weekend, we expect over 15,000 people to concurrently play NS2, and some of them might like it so much they choose to buy the game. Whether or not they do, and whether our community grows even bigger after this weekend, will come down to two factors.

The first is how good the game is. We’ve worked non-stop since launch four months ago to improve NS2. The Gorgeous Update added new content, and consistent maintenance patches (15 of them!) have improved performance, stability, balance and eliminated bugs. The most recent build, 242, has produced some noticeable performance improvements many users. NS2 is ready for a free weekend, and we’re proud of how good it will be when people arrive.

The second is how welcome we as a community make people feel. NS2 is a complex game with a steeper learning curve than many bigger titles, such as Call of Duty. During the free weekend, we can all improve newcomer’s experiences by teaching new commanders, helping out newbies, and regularly jumping in the command chair ourselves!

Now… About PAX. Each day during the PAX NS2 Free Weekend, the intrepid show team will bring you daily updates on the Unknown Worlds YouTube channel! Today, the team travels to Boston…

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SgtBarlow Mar 21 2013, 10:03am says:

The free weekend will start later tonight for GMT ready for Friday.

You will be able to play VIA steam so keep an eye out!

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TheUnabridgedGamer Mar 21 2013, 11:29am says:

Finally, a chance to try before buying.

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Spooboy Mar 21 2013, 1:03pm says:

Really cool, I just got back from the army and I'm excited to play NS2 again. Installing right now.

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Hell_Diguner Mar 22 2013, 11:46pm says:

Definitely going to take advantage of the free weekend. I've been lurking on ModDB, watching NS2 grow for a long time. Hopefully I won't suck too much ;)

See you all on the battlefield.

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Hell_Diguner Mar 24 2013, 8:56pm replied:

Okay, why would you have a "free weekend" and stop the promotion at 1pm PST on Sunday?

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fragfest2012 Mar 23 2013, 3:23pm says:

Played two games and instantly bought it. Thanks UWE! I wanted this game before but wasn't quite sure, and this put me over the edge! Glad to support awesome devs.

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