Natural Selection is an action-strategy game for the PC. It is a "Half-life modification", which means it is written on top of the Half-life game engine. "Mods" are a new sort of underground game development that enables small teams to create games using the technology of existing games. This means less expensive and lower risk game development, which allows experimentation and innovation. This arrangement also implies that "mods" are made as art, not for making money. When complete, Natural Selection will be released for free to all owners of Half-life, which is required to play Natural Selection.
Multiplayer-only Half-life mod where one team plays marines and the other plays aliens. The humans must keep their cool and work together to assault an alien-infested spacecraft or colony. Marines vs. marines and aliens vs. aliens scenarios are also supported.
"First-person strategy" with a real resource model and consequences for actions. Both sides are genuinely different and together they accommodate different play styles:
Marines::Fighting skill is less important, strategy and communication take its place. Playing as a marine will be a tense experience with methodical planning and strategy, interrupted with action.
Aliens::Playing as an alien will be an intense action experience, rewarding reflexes and alien heroics. Communication and coordination don't require typing.
Accessible, fast, mouse-driven interface: no keys beyond those used in Half-life needed.
Simple to learn and play, it is hard-core action/strategy for a mainstream audience.
Innovative social dynamics lead to memorable games.
Atmospheric indoor sci-fi environments full of steam, smoke and ambient soundscapes
Natural Selection is out, go get it already! :P
The team is now working on a version for Half-life II and will post news here when ready.
Back in 2002, Natural Selection was released…
Since then, lots has happened. Unknown Worlds was formed and NS2 was released, reaching multiple times the number of players the original mod did. Charlie, the creator of NS, has come so far that he’s now working on a new game: Subnautica.
But we will never forget what started it all. Today, we are proud to announce that Natural Selection Source Code is now available to anyone, free of charge. Head on over to GitHub to get it. It’s not ‘open source’ – There is some legal hoo-ha that prevents that. But it is all there.
You can use the NS source code to make your own version of the original game, fix problems with it, make new problems, or just see how the game worked.
We hope you enjoy tinkering with it. NS was one of the greatest mods of all time – And we can’t wait to see what you are able to do with it.
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