QA Team Update

Posted by WasabiOne 2 months ago

Greetings!

My name is Chris “IronHorse” Gates and I wanted to announce a couple of things to the Natural Selection 2 community today.

First off, UWE has brought me on board as staff with the title of QA Manager, with the goal in mind to ensure only the highest quality updates are shipped. When things are broken or you find a bug, you no longer have to play telephone to get the right developer for the right job – I’m your guy! You can find and message me on the forums, through steam, or better yet our Discord server. Having worse frame-rate this patch? Experiencing a weird map glitch? I want to know all your woes, friend! Send them

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Update ENSL.org Season 11

Posted by sebastian 2 months ago

This is an short update for last month post about the ENSL.org Season 11.

The sign ups for the 11th Season of the ENSL will close today. So this is your last chance to sign up.
The season will start at the 22nd of March. It will take 2 to 3 months with around 1 match per week. Matches will be schedule by the teams through the match pages.

Each Team needs at least 6 players on their roster until the 17th March to participate in the 11th Season of the ENSL.
Also each player has to make sure they only signed up with one team for the season. Otherwise the ensl.org admins will remove them from all teams …

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Update 314 Now Live on Steam!

Posted by WasabiOne 3 months ago

Since the holidays we’ve seen an influx of both new and old players coming back to NS2. We continue to receive lot of positive feedback to many of the changes we’ve made over the last year. With this update we’re focused on some maintenance but also continuing to improve smaller features in the game to enhance the player experience.

Beyond update 314 we’re looking at ways to help players quickly find and play games. We’ve noticed more and more people at peak times around the globe are idling in the server browser, trying to join the populated servers. This long wait can cause them to quit; an improvement is clearly needed. To that end, we’ve been working on ideas on …

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March Mod Madness Tournament 2017

Posted by sebastian 3 months ago
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After the newcomer tournament and the upcoming season of the competitive league we are happy to announce the Mod Madness tournament! This tournament is dedicated to those who are looking for a little less competitive but fun evening event.

What is it and what can I win?
The Mod Madness tournament is a unique event for all players to try out the amazing custom game modes that have been created for Natural Selection 2. All game modes (except NS2:Combat) can be found in the NS2 Steam Workshop or under the Arcade tab in the server browser.

Every participant will get a brand new in-game badge! Furthermore the tournament winner will receive a gold version while the second and third will …

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ENSL.org Season 11

Posted by sebastian 3 months ago

First of all we would like to thank everybody who took part at last week’s Newcomer Tournament. We hope both participants and spectators enjoyed it as much as we did.

In addition a special thanks goes out to Ixian, Luchs and Hoeloe who casted this event and every ensl.org referee and admin. Because without them this tournament would never have happened.

In case you participated your badge is now available in your steam inventory. You can enable it in-game via the Customize Player menu. Should somebody miss their badge please leave a comment below.

For all of those who are now fired up for some more competitive Natural Selection 2 action we have good news:

You can now sign up

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ENSL.org Newcomer Tournament 2017

Posted by sebastian 4 months ago

What is the Newcomer Tournament 2017 and what can I/we win ?
The ENSL.org Newcomer Tournament is an opportunity for all the players (rookie or veteran) to test their skill in a competitive environment balanced for 6vs6.
You can find a rundown of the differences between the normal and competitive balance (Comp Mod) at http://www.ensl.org/articles/998

Every participant receives as special treat a brand new in-game badge. The teams making it first and second receive a golden and silver badge everybody else that shows up and plays a Match gets a blue one:
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Newcomer tournament will happen:
4 February 2017 start 19 CET / 13 EST till 23-24 CET /15-16 EST
5 February 2017 start 19 CET / 13 EST till …

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Update 313 (Kham Tutorial) is now Live on Steam!

Posted by sebastian 4 months ago

A happy new year to all of you out there! I’ll bet some of you thought we hit the snooze button around the holidays and never woke up, but no! We’ve been tinkering in the shadows and working on some fun new stuff to show you.

First off, we’re finally finishing up on our changes to NS2 training and bringing you the new Alien Commander tutorial. As per usual, BeigeAlert has put a lot of love and once again, yes, even an easter egg into this new training scenario. Special shout out to all our contributors in tutorial-committee for their input and advice. We decided to also make some slight changes to a couple gameplay features to continue and round …

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Update 312 Now Live on Steam!

Posted by WasabiOne 6 months ago

The Halloween event and free weekend went great, but it was not without its issues. Luckily we were able to resolve the issues without needing to do a steam update by using our extension system (these are the Lambda, Delta, and Omega extensions you see when you join a server). We try to limit our use of the extension system to avoid conflicting with mods, and that is the main reason we are patching this week, and why it is a light one. With this maintenance patch we are integrating those fixes into the main game, clearing out the extensions, and attempting to deploy the badge customization UI for the second time. We also realized that not enough people knew

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Build 311 is now live on Steam!

Posted by remi 7 months ago

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It’s crazy to think it has been four years since NS2 was launched and even more so to think that many of us were playing Natural Selection 14 years ago. Things have come a long way since then and to allude to the perfect pun, they continue to evolve.

The dev team has been hard at work as usual, but we wanted to do something special for you to celebrate this anniversary… So say hello to The Infested – an entirely new game-mode which we will be releasing on the Steam Workshop this Friday (October 28th)!

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You have been dispatched to deal with a dangerous pathogen which has been detected within a remote TSF outpost. Race to repair the air

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Build 310 is now live on Steam!

Posted by remi 7 months ago

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Today we have a treat for you. New first person animations have arrived for all the core pieces of a Marine’s basic kit: Rifle, Pistol, and Axe! Every single animation has been rebuilt completely from scratch and ran through a new modernized pipeline to improve the weight and feel of the weapon handling and movement in NS2. In addition, while updating the animations, we have also fixed many issues in the animation graphs that control which animations play and how they blend together. 

For many, playing the game with new animations may feel like a bit of a shock considering we’ve all been used to the same animations for upwards of five years; but give it a chance and I

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