My Name is Marc Andrew Newton. I have worked with Unknown Worlds Entertainment on Natural Selection 2 for over 3 years as a Level Developer and Internal Web Tools Author where my goal is to develope tools, systems & means of communications that collect, organise and deliver data in a manner that contributes to the reduction of time spent on administration in favour of automated systems for tedious time consuming tasks.

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SgtBarlow @ Subnautica Concept Art: Interior Sketch

It's not a render, It's colour hand painted using Photoshop and a Wacom Pad.

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SgtBarlow @ Subnautica

Because of the way the team has been split between the two game titles, After a lot of consideration, It was decided that the most effective approach was for staff with knowledge of and placed focus on Unity to work with that engine while those unfamiliar with unity but know everything about Spark may as well carry on working on NS2 as they can't abandon work on NS2 for the sake of adapting the engine for the requirements of Subnautica.
Plus, Unity was a better candidate when it came down to this game requiring use of Voxels. En.wikipedia.org

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SgtBarlow @ REINFORCED EXPANSION RELEASED!

You have till tonight to get the Halloween Sale 75% off

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SgtBarlow @ STATE OF DEVELOPMENT: JUNE 2013

It is in the works.

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SgtBarlow @ Female Marine

New Everything

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SgtBarlow @ TIME TO MAKE MODS

I am having a real hard time with this websites editor, It's really buggy. Some of the code snippets are partly missing.

An intact copy of this tutorial can be found here:

Unknownworlds.com

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SgtBarlow @ FREE Weekend & 50% OFF

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!

Store.steampowered.com

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2

I will remind the office in the new year about getting a Purchase option for the DLC on steam.

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SgtBarlow @ Friday Night Match Show & Patch Notes

You can now watch the recorded broadcast here:

Twitch.tv

Skip to 2 mins 40 seconds in.

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2

Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Natural Selection 2\LaunchPad.exe

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2 v1.0 released on Steam

You would still have to activate the game on Steam no matter where you purchased a CD Key from and you would not get it cheaper anywhere else.
Steam powers the authentication and game server listings.

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2 Release Date

All our play testers have a varied range of systems, we have low-spec testers of course.
There is still lots of optimisations to come.
I ran through some tests late last night and here is what you generally need to do as of version 222:

IN GAME SETTINGS:
- - Texture Quality:
GPU's 512MB/less on Windows 32-Bit >> LOW
GPU's 512MB/less on Windows 64-Bit >> LOW - Pushing it on MEDIUM
GPU's 756MB on Windows 32-Bit with 4 GB RAM >> LOW
GPU's 756MB on Windows 32-Bit with 2/3 GB RAM >> MEDIUM
GPU's 756MB on Windows 64-Bit >> MEDIUM to HIGH
GPU's 1GB on Windows 32-Bit with 4 GB RAM >> LOW
GPU's 1GB on Windows 32-Bit with 3 GB RAM >> MEDIUM
GPU's 1GB on Windows 32-Bit with 2 GB RAM >> HIGH
GPU's 1GB on Windows 64-Bit with 2 to 16+ GB RAM >> HIGH

(32-Bit can only allocate a total combined RAM and GPU MAP of 3.7?GB)

- - WAIT FOR VERTICAL SYNC = Double Buffered / Triple Buffered
- - AMBIENT OCCLUSION = OFF / MEDIUM
- - TEXTURE STREAMING = ON - SSD users on 800~1000MHz ram might try OFF
- - MULTICORE RENDERING = ON / OFF for single core users.

NVIDIA USERS (GPU Control Panel)
- - First Ensure all settings are set to Default. (Press RESTORE)
- - DC/QC CPU users Set "Threaded Optimisation" to ON (Setup an NS2 Profile if desired)

ATI USERS (GPU Control Panel)
- - Turn off CATALYST A.I.

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2 Release Date

Would you e-mail our engine programmer max @ unknownworlds.com with your experience, he would like to hear from you.

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2 Release Date

I run the i5-2500k @ 3.3GHz, 8GB RAM and GTX460.
I get 33-80fps (40-50fps high average) with Textures on Medium, Ambient Occlusion OFF and everything else ON.

With everything off textures on medium I get 45-90fps

I also previously ran the 8800GTX with similar fps on a 2.4GHz QC before multi threading was put into the engine.

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2 Release Date

New rendering features have been introduced over the past 6 months.
If you see a decrease each time then you clearly need to knock off the new rendering options that your system can't handle yet.

Turn off ambient occlusion (High shaves off a good 20fps there abouts), toggle the multi core rendering option and perhaps disable atmospherics.
Turn on texture streaming and set texture quality to medium if it's on high.

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SgtBarlow @ NS2 Build 220 & Euro Gamer

As soon as valve get their butts in gear

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SgtBarlow @ NS2 | Exosuit Reveal

The entire video is rendered using our game engine, In the cinematic part of this video an actual level is loaded straight from the game, then you use timeline to trigger animations and movement, You get access to this tool with the game so you can make your own cinematic films.

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SgtBarlow @ Build 217 (Titanium) - Exosuit Revealed & Released

DLC is planned to be free, we don't want to do anything that may fracture our community.
If we need funding we will always seek out routes that do not divide people into upper-class/lower-class gaming like BF3 has done, It's just wrong.
We will sell goodies but we also wont flood the game with a mess of content like TF2 and never sell anything that gives players an advantage.
We want to open a store where you can buy real t-shirts and posters etc.

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2 Pre-Orders on Steam!

Correct, there is no single player. Need a lot more money for SP.
Maybe one day we can make one.

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2 Pre-Orders on Steam!

Within the week (valve time) you should see a gift appear in your steam gift manager.

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SgtBarlow @ Build 217 (Titanium) - Exosuit Revealed & Released

There are currently 5 official maps out with a 6th map almost ready, Another 2 official maps currently in design pipeline for future patches + there will be more to come on top of that.
Also you get all of our development tools, Lot's of people making their own maps that can be published on the Steam Workshop.
We been working on auto download system if you join a server running custom content.

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SgtBarlow @ Exosuit Revealed!

New map coming out in next patch aimed for today.

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SgtBarlow @ Build 206 released

Marines are having a hard time holding resource nodes, I noticed the games that Marines win on are when Aliens fail to keep on top of taking down Marine resource nodes.
I also see that the Aliens can branch out a lot faster than marines with the recent changes to the way Alien Command now works not having Drifters required to build means they are not waiting for it to not only reach it's destination but also survive it's journey as previously killing one destined for a node was a setback for the Aliens and a Push for the Marines.
Making Alien Command simpler to use has obviously had a drastic affect on balance and now requires to be addressed and will be addressed soon.

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SgtBarlow @ Build 205 - New Alien Commander Tech-Tree

Studio funding is sufficient at the moment that no other means of fund raising is required outside of selling a product.

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SgtBarlow @ Build 201 & New Purchase Options

There are plans to have bots, Offline play would be possible but I would wait and see what is developed before buying for offline play only as it may not be satisfactory.

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SgtBarlow @ Build 190 + 191 Patch Released

Have a listen to this: Indiedb.com

Talks about that very issue.

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SgtBarlow @ Rifle Rework

The old one looks like a Machinegun, The new one looks like an automatic rifle wich is what it's supposed to be.
So yeh I think I would like to see the old one as an additional weapon with different pros and cons applied to it.

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SgtBarlow @ Phase Gate concepts

Thank you everyone ofr the feedback, A final concept has been drawn with a combination of two of the 4 choices, Wich two I will leave you guessing untill its revealed ;)

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2

Not just yet, Max is still working constantly on multiple optimisation tasks, the Lua Bind layer hes been working on for a month, Might be finnished soon so we look forward to the results, they look promising biut there is no way of knowing until it's done..

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SgtBarlow @ Natural Selection 2

I tried, It wont work in this site..

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