With the beta 2 timetable going along according to plan,the artists have been cracking on and have come up with some lovely new marine models. Based on feedback from the community we've done away with the "rough and ready" mercenary look, instead opting to go for something a bit more "hardened soldier".
You'll notice we've given them all identities - what this means in game is that you'll be limited to selecting from the 8 characters, the number of characters available dropping as each one is taken. So if you have a favourite you'll have to be quick off the mark to get your choice in.
This also means that we'll be hard coding the number of available player slots to 9, any more players than that will be set to spectate. This is also to keep server performance to a reasonable level with the implementation of server side ragdolls.
To make up for that, there are also shots of two new maps, Discovery and Manor, which are easy on the eye as well as being very fun to play.
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