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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Today is a big milestone for Unknown Worlds: we've just released the NS2 "Engine Test" to everyone that has pre-ordered the game!

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Today is a big milestone for Unknown Worlds: we've just released the NS2 "Engine Test" to everyone that has pre-ordered the game!

This is the first version of the game and game engine where you can run around on a couple small maps and fire the rifle at animated dummy targets. It isn't supposed to represent gameplay for NS2 (or really, any gameplay at all!) but serves to help us test our technology to make sure we get it running smoothly on a wide variety of computers.

We've built a couple small maps which give you an idea for the art style, look and atmosphere that will be present in the game. You'll spawn as a marine with your rifle and be able to explore and fire at pop-up targets. You'll be able to connect in multiplayer as well, although it doesn't include any game code yet. It also includes the main menu and the first of our music, which will start to give you an idea of the overall look and feel of the game.

Our main goal of the Engine Test is just that - to test the engine. There is a bewildering array of PC hardware and configurations out there and with no in-house testing or QA team, we want to get feedback from you guys to make sure the game runs smoothly for you. There are bound to be problems, but as with our many Editor and Spark SDK releases, we were able to fix problems much faster with feedback and users then if we kept everything to ourselves.

We expect the majority of feedback to be in the graphics performance and graphics compatibility areas but feedback of any kind will be quite helpful for us. Much more of the game is working than what we are releasing initially, but we also need to take it one step at a time.

Download NS2 Engine Test

We hope you enjoy this first look at the technology behind NS2 and are looking forward to your feedback!

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Woot! Gonna go play now!

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xXMaNiAcXx
xXMaNiAcXx

Wow, really nice, but well, make this also buyable in retail stores in Marília/Brazil.
And btw, I loved the menu :o

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan

I'm gonna record some gameplay. So far, it runs pretty smooth.

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Spooboy
Spooboy

That would be very nice, thanks!

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Metalspy
Metalspy

It's running pretty good here (Intel core2duo E6850 3 GHz, 8GB RAM, GeForce 8800GT 512MB) and I've already had some fun with editing scripts. The absence of anti-aliasing kinda made my eyes bleed though D:

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Dr.Worm
Dr.Worm

they still have time to add features looks really good so far with out it

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Metalspy
Metalspy

I don't think it looks "really good" without AA.. I don't know the resolution you're using, I'm using 1920*1080 and I thought it was pretty annoying and distracting :/ If they don't add AA in the full game I'll obviously just have to live with it though. The rest of the graphics/game looks and sounds great.

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spaqin
spaqin

Force AA in ForceWare?

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Metalspy
Metalspy

Hmm yeah that works, nice and thanks.

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Raneman25
Raneman25

(buried)

Not optimized for ATI, and some poor collision detection to boot.
You guys gotta get your priorities straight, but I'll let you pass because this is nice for an Alpha.

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leilei
leilei

That's the whole point of an engine test, bucko! It ain't no alpha!

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb

This looks cool

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lethal_vortex
lethal_vortex

nice downloading:D

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zpendam
zpendam

this is too awesome!

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Dan911
Dan911

love whens devs do **** like this ++

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spellman23
spellman23

Basically, only try this is you're in the mindset to test and find bugs. Because there are bugs. And not much gameplay.

Also, you may want to read up on the current common bugs, like the fact that fullscreen doesn't seem to work for most people.

That being said, it's pretty awesome and people are already modding in features: Unknownworlds.com

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MCDT
MCDT

Running smoothly on my 5850, Phenom II, 4GB DDR3 at 1280x1024 with max settings.
Fullscreen also working.

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SinKing
SinKing

the download link above isn't working for me.

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan

Okay guys.

Here's the menu: Youtube.com
First range map: Youtube.com
Second range map: Youtube.com

Everything was recorded with fraps, so if you see occasional lag it's because of that.

My PC specs:
Processor: Intel Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 (2 CPU's) 2.5GHz
Memory: 2048 MB RAM
Video card: Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 (512 MB)
Resolution: 1680 x 1050 (32bit)
Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate
DirectX version: DirectX 11

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ÐiamonÐ
ÐiamonÐ

Thank you for recording and uploading these, Radu.

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BRKNnode
BRKNnode

YAY! so glad I preordered..

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Replic_nl
Replic_nl

Wow, nice work, looks good!

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

Congrats guys... well done.. downloading now...

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Ichiman94
Ichiman94

"help us test our technology to make sure we get it running smoothly on a wide variety of computers."
i will test on my comp if i will have time:
2,4 GHz intel celeron
512 ram
geforce 3 ti 200...

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk]

Nice love the menu.

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Deviation
Deviation

I can't wait for this game after the new AvP was such fail.

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Mars_3K
Mars_3K

tell me about it -_-

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slayersarge
slayersarge

This game runs quite smoothly and seems to be in good shape. Can't wait to get to use the other weapons.

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja

It's the first game that have a mod even before the alpha is released xD... I am talking about the DM mod that is already online and working, you should check it out
Oh and, great to test NS2 engine personally which rocks as predicted xD

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Aimforthehead
Aimforthehead

Plays poorly on my rig, around 30-50 fps and very choppy, for a few seconds then it just crashes, every time.
core 2 duo e8400 oc'd 3.9
4 gigs ram
9800 gx2

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