Press Kit

Company: Unknown Worlds Entertainmentbased in San Francisco, California

Official website: http://www.unknownworlds.com

Press Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/qT_Az

Press/Business Contact: media@unknownworlds.com

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Description

We are a small independent development studio making games!

History

The Unknown Worlds story began with the release of Natural Selection on Halloween 2002. NS exploded onto the Half-Life modding scene: It equalled the original Team Fortress for player numbers and was critically acclaimed. Combining strategy an shooter genres, the game offered players a unique team-based multiplayer experience. Recognising the potential of the Natural Selection concept, and wishing to take it further, Charlie formally founded Unknown Worlds with Max McGuire in 2006.

Timeline:

  • May 2001 – Started full-time on Natural Selection
  • October 2002 – Released Natural Selection
  • October 2006 – Max and Charlie found Unknown Worlds, start on Natural Selection 2 (NS2)
  • November 2006 – Released Zen of Sudoku
  • October 2007 – Released Decoda
  • April 2008 – Investment received, first office
  • July 2008 – Announced custom engine for NS2 (Spark)
  • October 2008 – First Spark engine footage shown
  • May 2009 – NS2 site and teaser video released
  • November 2009 – NS2 pre-alpha released
  • April 2010 – NS2 Engine Test released
  • July 2010 – NS2 alpha released to ~15,000 players
  • November 2010 – Fade movie released, enters closed beta.
  • August 2012 – Exosuit revealed.
  • September 2012 – NS2 available for pre-order on Steam.
  • October 2012 – NS2 launches on Steam!
  • February 2013 – NS2 ‘Gorgeous’ Update
  • September 2013 – Prototyping of a new underwater game (“Subnautica“) begins
  • October 2013 – NS2 ‘Reinforced’ Update
  • February 2014 – NS2 ‘Kodiak’ Update
  • February 2014 – Subnautica is teased, development team begins to form
  • October 2014 – NS2: Combat (Standalone game developed by former NS2 modding team) released
  • October 2014 – NS2 ‘Reaper’ Update
  • October 2014 – Subnautica Special Edition (Access to development builds) released

Contact

Charlie – Navigator, co-founder, game director
charlie@unknownworlds.com

Hugh – General Press / Business enquiries
hugh@unknownworlds.com

The rest of the team can be found here.

Awards & Recognition

  • “NS2 the Best Indie Game of E3: GameSpy” – June 2012
  • “NS2 Nominated for best of PC, best of indie E3: Destructoid” – June 2012

Selected Articles

  • “A Team Of Seven Is Making A Game That ‘Shouldn’t Be Possible’”
    – Jason Schreier, Kotaku
  • “NS2 is a genius mash of Counter Strike and Starcraft”
    – Tina Amini, Kotaku
  • “This is getting close to my idea of the ultimate game”
    – Mr Sark, Machinima