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The latest patch for the Natural Selection 2 Beta is now available on Steam. This is probably our biggest patch yet!

Posted by SgtBarlow on Jun 8th, 2011

The latest patch for the Natural Selection 2 Beta is now available on Steam. If you have pre-ordered the game it should automatically update on Steam. If you would like to pre-order and get instant access to the beta, you can still do so here.

This is probably our biggest patch yet! This video shows all the visual changes in the build (don't forget to subscribe!):

...and here's the comprehensive change list (big breath):

Build 178 changes

  • Added new map: ns2_summit (thanks psyk0man!)
  • Added light bloom effect (can be disabled with r_bloom false)
  • Totally new alien "buy" menu
  • Added a blur effect when the buy menus are open (both sides)
  • New Fade blink - skill-based, no longer instantaneous
  • Marine tech tree no longer requires multiple command stations (marines are back to one base)
  • Reworked alien tech tree to use D/M/S style upgrades like NS1. Ie, each hive can support a crag, shift of shade. All are available at the start of the game, but once you build one, it is now supported by your hive and the others aren't available. Hives now are displayed to the Commander and players as "Crag Hive", "Shade Hive", etc.
  • Resources for kills added (get 1-3 player resources, check 5/31 from the design log for pros, cons and he thinking around this)
  • New screen shader effect
  • Small lighting optimization
  • Improved pathing (in the middle of a big rework from Andrew)
  • Commander can buy and drop weapons
  • Added Swarm upgrade (Whip) - gives aliens damage bonus when they attack a target that recently took damage from someone else)
  • Added Frenzy upgrade (gives overkill damage back as health, minimum 10). Researched at Whip. (no feedback yet)
  • Added Arms Lab and Robotics Factory. MACs and sentries now come from the Robotics Factory.
  • Hives now take 3 minutes to build (instead of 30 seconds, oops)
  • Added Phase Gates
  • Added ARCs - mobile tanks that come from Robotics Factory and function like old siege cannons from NS1
  • Extended pre-game countdown. Allow players on both teams to spawn for "free" (not through an IP or egg) for first 15 seconds of the game.
  • Fixed bug where repairing power nodes caused client frame rate to drop
  • Players in ready room are now what they last were when game ended (thanks 6john!)
  • Fixed bug causing the local player's Lerk spike zoom to change mouse sensitivity whenever another player's Lerk zoomed or died
  • Added warmup time to structures so they can't be built, used, phased through, etc. for a short time after they are built (1 second)
  • New fade blink sounds
  • Fixed problems with tab not cycling through Commander sub-groups
  • Fixed bug where objects would play the "on fire" effect even if they weren't damaged by the flamethrower
  • Hacks to make pathing work for now so that arcs/whips do not go through the ground; and take a slightly better path than before. Not perfect but will work for this patch.
  • Reverting back to Fades needing two hives and Onos needing three hives
  • Fixed players getting stuck when evolving on a slope
  • Reworked marine build menu to have no more sub-menus and to have a "select" option. Knowing what menu buttons come from your selection vs. the quick build/advanced/assist menu should be much more intuitive.
  • Got rid of separate infestation ability for Gorge.
  • Heal spray now creates infestation instead of healing nearby players when you're looking at a surface
  • Reduced Gorge infestation lifetime from 120 to 60 to prevent overly abusive behavior blocking marine building (and reducing total # of infestation entities)
  • If Gorge builds something while moving (hydra, infestation), increase friction but don't come to a jarring stop
  • Adjusted armor values of all structures. Kept total amount of damage they could take the same, but adjusted percentages of health to armor according to visual and aesthetic look.
  • Added random player resources for player kills (1-3 ala NS1)
  • Added visual indication for res received
  • Changed resource model to be the closest yet to NS1: Players get .25 personal res every 8 seconds. Teams get 1 team res every 8 seconds. Players start with 25 res. Alien res should be exactly the same as NS1. It is 8 seconds instead of 6 like NS1 to improve too-much-team-resources problem and counteract res-for-kills
  • Added disk caching mechanism for surface shaders
  • Added support for printf style formatted lines in StatisticsDisplay
  • Small change to structures if you are researching anything on a structure you cannot use any other buttons outside cancel and recycle as we do not support queuing of research/upgrades at the moment.
  • Recycling is no longer instantaneous and can be cancelled
  • DropPacks now have their proper physics which means they will drop to the ground when they get spawned. (yay which means you can picks them up!)
  • Added kicking of a client when they are disconnected from Steam
  • Increased hive cost to 40
  • Allow comm hotkeys to jump to position.
  • Deleted entities are removed from commander selection.
  • Fixed a crash bug in the Spark editor when you were trying to extrude an edge that did not have a face attached to it
  • Integrated fixes to Skulk biteLeap hitbox issues (Thanks Matso!). Feels a lot better! I can actually hit things!
  • Added estimated sound geometry memory usage to s_stats
  • Fixed bug where Alien hive sight blips were sent to Marine players
  • Gorges can now heal themselves (ala NS1)
  • Fixed problems where Drifters and MACs weren't attacking
  • Added reticle status text showing structure upgrades: For friendlies, show " (% complete)", for enemies, show " (in progress)"
  • Fixed an issue where if you were repairing a power node and you sprinted away it was possible that your weapon may not reappear until you built or went into the commander chair
  • Fixed bug in Skulk causing it to be attracted to the last surface it was attached to

Here is some NS2HD 178 game play footage:


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Velancious
Velancious Jun 9 2011, 2:29am says:

One word...Nice!

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Togranigdo
Togranigdo Jun 9 2011, 7:47am says:

Way to go.

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Metalspy
Metalspy Jun 9 2011, 11:20am says:

Time to start playing I guess :D Although I'm a total NS newbie.. so the community better has some nice and patient people :(

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Velancious
Velancious Jun 9 2011, 3:55pm replied:

One thing I had a problem with in NS1 when I tried it was the community. Some people I swear looked like they were hacking (aimbot specifically), and the rest never cooperated. However, this was recently and I'm pretty sure only the hardcore fans still played the game. It's fun, but I'm liking what I see with NS2.

In a new game it's a lot easier to be accepted into the community and taught than much later after the game has been out a while. I'm pretty sure then the community will be nicer.

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Vcc2cc
Vcc2cc Jun 9 2011, 12:52pm says:

I deff think that siege cannon is too boomy, I have my volume low and it blasted through like a ****** out of a church.

looks good.

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja Jun 9 2011, 2:26pm replied:

It wouldn't be called a Boomstick then, would it xD

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier Jun 9 2011, 5:42pm says:

I'll be logged in and trying to play it tonight. I haven't been able to play it before because of all the issues but it looks like it's coming together now.

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Hell_Diguner
Hell_Diguner Jun 10 2011, 10:52am says:

Suddenly I'm seriously considering preordering.

What's the plan after release? Pay for DLC maps? NS3 with a campaign?

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja Jun 10 2011, 11:49am replied:

LOL! You must be new to Indie Games xD
The only DLC they have so far is Black Armor if you pre-order limited edition (which is no longer available), and they release full SDK, so no 15$ for 5 maps kinda of deal. And I don't think they will ever do a single player.

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