Community Announcements - Ghoul

“THIS IS ALTERRA!” First off, how amazing is it that we are at Update 300? The blood sweat and tears that have been poured into this game by so many people over the last few years is nothing short of awesome. Now we look forward to what’s to come.

This update sees us making continued improvements to the server browser and an additional notification for news or updates on first open. After playing many games, reading and discussing feedback with players we’ve made some additional tweaks to newly introduced abilities and weapons. Aliens now have a new ability in Focus, so play around and see what you think. Also on the map front Derelict has seen some performance improvements, thanks Loki!


We would like to introduce the newest skin to the marine arsenal, Skull ‘n’ Crossfire. This black beauty is almost splattered with the blood of its enemies and is enshrined with the skull of the fallen to taunt those foes that dare face it next! Check it out now in the ITEM STORE.

NS2 is currently running a 50% off sale through May 30th, we hope to see some new players on the battlefield. Your help to encourage and inspire teamwork will go a long way to retaining them for the long haul. Thanks for playing NS2!

Tweaks / Improvements
  • Main Menu:
    • Added a new changelog pop up:
      • Will show up after the client has been updated
      • Shows latest changelog
      • Allows you to give feedback on the changes
    • Tweaked the right side of the main menu slightly
    • Replaced the reload, favorite and history icons in the Server Browser to look better.
  • Marines:
    • Rifle
    • HMG
      • Thanks for all your feedback on the HMG!
      • Added new sounds
      • Fixed the model textures
      • Renamed it to Machine Gun (MG) because it’s not really a HMG
      • Deals 6 damage to structures, 12 to players
      • Spread is 4.5 degrees
      • Weights twice as much as the rifle
      • Magazine size is 100
      • Has maximum 5 magazines
      • Reload takes about 4.2 seconds
    • Mines
      • Increased cost to 10 pres (was 8)
      • Lowered armor to 5 (was 10)
    • Flamethrower
      • Decreased cost to 10 pres
    • Power nodes will no longer show enemies on the map unless it is under attack
  • Aliens:
    • Shade Hive - Added Focus
      • Deals 50% more damage to primary attacks
      • Increases the delay between attacks by 50% (slows rate of attacks)
    • Crag Hive - Crush
      • Increased extra damage to player to 7% for each shell (21% with 3 shells)
    • Heal/Regeneration:
      • If an alien gets healed by 20% of its total health in 2 seconds every further heal is reduced to 20%
    • Hallucination Cloud:
      • Spawns now 2 skulk hallucinations if no players were targeted.
    • Revised nutrient mist cinematic to be less obscuring
    • Revised mucous membrane cinematic to be less obscuring
    • Rupture parasite time reduced to 10 seconds ( was 44 seconds )
    • Gorge Build Menu:
      • Swapped position of Webs and Babbler Egg. Webs are now in slot 3
    • Babblers now cling to their owner when they hatch from their egg
  • Other:
    • Increased the damage number animation speed
    • Increased the health bars animation speed
    • Disabled the consistency check for local servers
    • Removed heavy damage effects
    • The local player gets highlighted in the scoreboard
Fixes
  • Fixed that the reserved slot count could be negative ending up with server having more slots in the server browser than they really have
  • Fixed that the marine weapon icons were not displayed correctly in spectator view
  • Fixed that the health bars were wrongly colored in spectator
  • The give cheat command will no longer cause script errors with invalid command arguments
  • Fixed that the Onos stomp sound repeated itself in spectator view
  • Fixed that the Alien Commander did not re-cyst to ressource points correctly
  • Fixed that in case a server reported a negative amount of reserved slots the server browser displayed more slots than available.
  • Fixed that the Alien Vision wasn’t working on Linux (thanks rkfg)
Translations
  • Swedish translations are at 88%, just a little more love!
SDK
  • Added Shared.GetAnimationLength() callback. Accepts model name (with filepath) and animation name. Returns length of time for an animation (as a float).
  • Added Client.GetClientUpdated which returns true if the client got updated before the last client start, otherwise it returns false.
Maps
  • Derelict
    • Improved FPS inside Nursery (specifically when entering from flooded biosphere) and Turbines.
    • Several duplicated lights have been removed in Turbines.
    • Added additional occlusion geometry around Heat Xfer and Geothermal.
Community Announcements - Ghoul


This week we have brought you a whole bunch of new alien toys including a new ability for the Shade hive which saps health, a new Crag hive ability which allows players to do extra damage to armor, and a totally revamped bone shield for the Onos!

Aliens didn’t get all the love, though. Marines have also received some new toys and changes to their existing tech. A preliminary version of the Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) has been added. This is a gun that was loved in NS1 and one which many of us have always wanted to see make a return in NS2. The HMG was pioneered successfully in Comp Mod, and now it has made its way into the main game.

We’ve also heard your cries and beacons, and recognize that Contamination tended to be very frustrating for Marines. We’ve made some changes to how it works to give Marine players more time to react to it. It will now do its damage over time rather than immediately when the ability is activated.

All of these gameplay changes are sure to shake up the meta, but that’s not all we’ve been doing. We’ve also been making general improvements to the game, including integrating many features from NS2+ as the defaults that new players will see when they play on any server.

We are excited to see how these changes are received and we want to hear from you, especially about how the new abilities and weapons impact the balance of the game and your own experiences. Please come join us at our Discord server or discuss it in our forums. Although we will be playing games as well, if you think something is completely overpowered, we want to know.


Tweaks / Improvements
  • Alien abilities have been shuffled around, and two new abilities have been added!
    • Crag Hive - Crush
      • Increases armor damage to structures up to 15%, when you have 3 shells
      • Increases armor-fraction used on players up to 15% (amount of armor that is used when calculating damage) on players by 15%. Does not affect early game balance
    • Shade Hive - Vampirism (replaces Phantom)
      • Provides cloaking and heals your health every time you damage players with a direct attack (no spores / bilebomb)
        • Lifeform specific values for life leech (at 3+ veils):
          • Skulk: 14hp for bite
          • Gorge: 15hp for spit
          • Lerk: 2hp for spikes, 10hp for bite
          • Fade: 20hp for swipe and stab
          • Onos: 40hp for gore
    • Shift Hive - Silence
      • This was moved from the Shade Hive to Shift, and split out from Phantom
      • Makes all movement and attacks silent
  • Biomass scaling has been increased for Lerk and Onos to help their survivability in late game
    • Lerk has been increased from 2 to 3hp per biomass
    • Onos has been increased from 25 to 30hp per biomass
  • Onos Bone Shield has been revamped, and now refills armor!
    • Costs 40 energy to trigger, can only be held for at most 4 seconds, and a 10 second cooldown has been added
    • Regenerates 100 armor / second while in use
    • Will now block 66% of damage from the front instead of 75%
    • No longer saps energy while in use
  • Cysts no longer die when disconnected from hive
    • Cysts instead rapidly lose maturity when the chain is disconnected, making them easier to destroy. When reconnected, maturity is regained rapidly.
    • Nutrient mist can be used to prevent the maturity loss.
  • Contamination Tweaks
    • Increased cooldown to 6 seconds (was 5)
    • Bile now sprays every 2 seconds, up to 3 times, and can be stopped by destroying the pustule
  • HMG has been added, to help deal with those pesky lifeforms
    • Note: Sounds and art assets for HMG are temporary.
  • Jetpacks now use more fuel based on a weapon’s weight
    • Shotgun and Flamethrower now use 7.6% more fuel
    • Grenade Launchers use 15% more fuel
    • HMGs uses 130% more fuel
  • Mine changes
    • eHP changed to 40 (from 100)
    • Cost reduced from 15 to 8
    • You now get 2 mines instead of 3
  • Medpacks can snap to players from a slightly larger radius, snapping already existed but previously was not shown to the commander
  • Alien vision has been replaced with “Huze’s Minimal”
  • Alien vision will default to On every time you spawn in
  • Crosshairs have been updated with new art
  • Power nodes can now be rebuilt at the same speed with a build tool as with a welder
  • Wrench damage icons now show how hurt teammates are, and have an outline if you have a welder
  • Dropped weapons expiration bar will now be colored based on how much time is left before it is destroyed
  • Range circle indicators have been added for many alien commander abilities, as well as a secondary circle to Shifts to indicate the radius of the energy regeneration passive effect
  • Mines and Welders will be highlighted and show as pickupable even if you already have one
  • Dropped weapons will be picked up automatically, if you have an empty slot
  • Server browser:
    • Added the ping filter
    • The server details window now has a short delay so users can doubleclick at the server entries wherever they like.
    • The server count display is not clickable anymore and has a tooltip
    • Favorites and History are now a toggle, clicking again at them while show your previous game selection
  • Reduced amount Enzyme particle effects obscure view
  • Death screen blood splatter effects will disappear immediately when you start respawning

Fixes
  • Fixed the issue of ragdolls not getting destroyed
  • Players will no longer have nutrient mist effects applied to them unless they are an embryo
  • Server browser Join button should work better
  • Reduce network cost of the concede cinematics slightly
  • Fixed an issue where welders would build faster with E than with LMB
  • Fixed that medpacks got weirdly offset when hovered over marines. It will now show where the medpack will actually spawn
Community Announcements - Ghoul

After the response and tracking of a lot of the changes we introduced last week we decided to continue with another update of shakeups. There are some minor adjustments to a few items from the patch after more feedback. Also new this week is a revamped server browser! We have been hard at work to create a better way to filter and sort the list and even provide more information to the user before choosing what server to connect too. Our week to week experiments and changes have been very interesting to watch and see what works and what doesn’t and we aren’t done just yet! Over the next couple weeks there are plans for some additional UI changes, maybe a new weapon? A new map? Additional weapon skins? And if we sell more shadow fades then maybe that Onos will appear (hint: go buy more shadow fades).

Special shout out and thank you to xDragon for allowing us to use his code.

Until next week, happy hunting!

UPDATE NOTES

Tweaks / Improvements
  • When a team concedes, everyone is treated to a short sequence showing all the conceding team’s players and structures being destroyed.
  • New Server Browser:
    • Highlighting custom gamemodes better by having only two filters, NS2 and Modded
    • Restructured all UI elements for better usability and to better feature the two main filters
    • New fancy color scheme and artistic design
    • No longer showing relative server skill, since it was not very useful
    • Search bar will search for both matching map names as well as server names
  • Added an option to disable health bars for those that prefer less visual clutter
  • Spectators will be able to see nameplates from further away than players
  • Enemy health bar tweaks
    • Changed armor color to be more readable
    • Bile Bomb and spores now also mark enemies
    • Melee attacks now cause enemies to be marked for longer (5s instead of 2s)
    • Fixed that health bars were disappearing semi-randomly as they got close to the edges of the screen
  • Added a new achievement for collecting all 15 of the random drop items
  • Corrode damage type changed to be more effective vs exos and less effective vs players
    • Damage reduction to player armor changed to 12% (was 23%)
    • Damage reduction to to exo armor changed to 40% (was 30%)
  • Phase gates have more of their eHP moved to armor and now has 1500 health and 800 armor (was 2000/550)
  • Fade blink movement changes
    • Vertical speed can no longer be converted to horizontal
    • Celerity will have a slightly lessened effect on changing direction
    • Ability to change direction without celerity has been improved
  • Marine HUD Parasite icon displays the time left on parasite effect, for Marines
  • Gorge:
    • Gorge Webs
      • Now available at biomass 0 and can be placed for Free!
      • Limited to 3 Webs maximum
      • Enemies will be parasites for 10 seconds if they walk through a web
      • Web slowdown effect changed to a 25% reduction (was 85%)
      • Slowdown duration now lasts for 1.5 seconds (was 2)
    • Gorge Babblers
      • You can now only place one egg, but it will spawn 6 babblers
      • Babbler movement speed increased to 7.5 (was 7)
      • Babbler damage type changed to Structural (double vs structures)
      • Babbler damage reduced to 8 (was 10)
    • Gorge Tunnel:
      • Costs reduced to 3 (was 4)
  • Increased the amount of personal resources each resource tower grants per player from 1 to 1.25 per minute (by 25%):
    • Reduced Alien starting personal resources to 12 (from 15)
    • Lowered Marine starting personal resources to 15 (from 20)
    • Reduced Lerk personal resource costs to 18 (from 20)
  • Onos Gore:
    • Damage lowered to 90 (from 100)
    • Energy cost reduced to 10 (from 13)
  • Nutrient mist now prevents structures off infestation from taking damage, and prevents disconnected cysts from taking damage.  Also heals cysts at half crag efficiency.  It no longer requires infestation to be placed.
  • Improved damaged exosuit effects as well as minigun and ricochets, to be less vision obscuring (Thanks IronHorse!)
  • Umbra changes
    • Duration of umbra cloud reduced to 4 seconds (was 5)
    • Radius of umbra cloud reduced to 4 units (was 6)
    • Flat damage reduction vs all weapons changed to 25% (was 33% vs shotguns, 30% vs Minigun, and 32% vs Railgun)
  • Improved fade blink effects to be less vision obscuring (Thanks IronHorse!)
  • Reduced the damage Power Surge’s overcharge deals to 25
Fixes
  • Fixed that certain commanders abilities e.g. Power Surge did not cost anything.
  • Health bars show when a marine is being healed over time by medpacks, again
  • Insight health bars are far less colorful (will no longer show parasite and poison status)
  • Fixed issue with nameplates allowing players to see where enemies were through walls, if in close proximity
  • Fixed issue with fade blink sound sometimes getting stuck looping (Thanks xDragon!)
  • Fixed that the crosshair will blink red when players respawn
  • Fixed that the nav mesh initialized incorrectly causing issues at some maps (Thanks ZycaR!)
  • Fixed that directional damage feedback was only updating at 25hz
Translations
  • Completed Finnish translations (Thanks MisterOizo!)
SDK
  • Improved camera movement in Cinematic Editor
Maps
  • ns2_refinery
    • Changed dimensions of Ready Room join entity to prevent players from being stuck
  • ns2_summit
    • Added missing lights in Ready Room
  • ns2_veil
    • Fixed various floating props throughout Cargo and Dome
    • Lowered the infamous head-height trashcan. RIP.
Community Announcements - Hugh


The Shadow Fade is now available in the NS2 Item Store!

The room was eerily silent, even the normal white noise of the industrial facility seemed to vanish. I proceeded forward as ordered but something felt uneasy and I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck begin to stand up. I continue to tell myself that I am a trained soldier and that I’ve encountered enough alien scum that nothing should surprise me, but still the unease raced across my body and the fear set in even more than before.

Suddenly I hear an all too familiar sound, one that can only be described as vacuumous vortex that death so quickly follows. I stand at the ready, shotgun in hand as I prepare for the Fade that I know is quickly approaching. The sweat rolls over my brow and begins to drip over my eye… I blink and in that instant I feel the presence of the beast in front of me. As my eyes open what stands before me is the creature I know but something is different, this fade evolved, more sinister and more deadly. He quickly swipes at my head and sway to the left to avoid his bony blade like arms. I swing my shotgun back around and fire, but I seem to miss as the fade quickly moves and disappears into the shadows of the room.

I begin to trace the room looking for the beast and fire I hope will be the fatal blow. I approach the darkness slowly in anticipation of an attack and in the black I can just make out the two blood thirsty eyes of the fade. I fire my shotgun and the blood from the beast paints the floor below me, but then it lunges forward both weapon-like arms at the ready to stab me, I try to fire again but feel the bone rip through the skin on my shoulder. My body falls to floor like a rock as the blood flows from my wound like a creek after the storm. As my vision begins to blur and I can feel the life leaving my body, I hear the fade chuckle and watch it drift back into the shadows…



Update 297 is packed full of exciting new changes to existing weapons. We have been looking and talking about ways to shake things up, and our first thoughts were adjust the items that aren’t that fun or aren’t used that much now. There is obviously more than what you see below, but with our weekly release window we can only test so much at a time. If you hadn’t got the hint from above the Shadow Fade is now available in game. If you purchased the Shadow Tier as part of the Reinforced program you will get the fade free of charge when you launch the game. For those of you that didn’t, you can purchase it in the Item Store. If the fade is successful we will quickly be working to introduce the final member of the shadow lifeforms, the Onos. Expect more changes and exciting new thoughts and ideas over the coming weeks and spread the word to your friends that now is the best time to be playing NS2 and it’s only going to get better!

UPDATE DETAILS

New Additions

  • Shadow Fade model/skin has been released to all Shadow Tier players and is available in the NS2 Item Store

Tweaks / Improvements

  • Exosuit changes - Dualies for All!
    • Base Exo research now unlocks dual gun exos, and does not require two Command Stations to purchase
    • Dual exo personal resources cost reduced from 60 to 45, and Claw exos have been removed (used to be 40 res)
    • Dualies now move faster (same speed as claw Exos of the same type)
    • Exos now only gain 30 extra armor per armor upgrade, instead of 45
    • Minigun ROF doubled, but damage reduced by 55% (per bullet) and changed to Normal damage type
    • Railgun damage changed to normal type
    • Ejecting from an exo when you have a jetpack will now grant you a quarter tank to fly away with
  • Alien Commander ability changes
    • Contamination now spews Bile briefly when initially placed (equal to two bile bombs)
    • Rupture now Parasites anything in its effect radius
      • Reduced the view-blocking visuals by 40%
      • Rupture charge time decreased by 42% (was 3s now 1.25s)
      • Increased Team Resources cost to 3 (was 2)
      • Increased cooldown time to 4 seconds (was 2 seconds)
  • Grenade Changes - Guaranteed Explosions!
    • It now costs 2 personal resources to buy 1 grenade (previously it was 3 for 2)
    • If you die after pulling the pin or while attempting to throw a grenade, it will fall at your feet and explode
    • If you die with a non-primed grenade, it will respawn with you
    • Cluster grenades’ secondary explosion is now fire type
    • Grenade deploy animation is now affected by catpacks as well as the pin pull and throw animations
  • Power Surge Changes - “Overcharge“:
    • Power Surge is now researchable at the Command Station for 15 team resources and needs 45 seconds to be researched.
    • Power Surge costs 5 team resources and has a cooldown of 20 seconds
    • Does not work at Command Stations and Power Nodes
    • Applying power surge is now easier as it auto selects a building close to where you clicked (similar to Nanoshield)
  • New Effects:
    • On powered structures:
      • Deals 50 healthpoint damage to nearby aliens
      • Lowers the energy regeneration rate of nearby aliens for 5 seconds
    • On un-powered structures:
      • Restores power for 20 seconds.
    • Health bars will now show for enemies you attack
      • Only visible in short range and with clear line of sight onto the target
      • Better visual damage feedback about time to kill than damage numbers
      • Engagements are less binary for new players
      • Helps to focus on a target
    • Damage numbers are now off by default for new players, since they are redundant when viewed in conjunction with health bars.
    • Slowed down the dead lifeform dissolve length from 1.5s to 2.25s so players have a little more time to enjoy their kill
    • Replaced the Gorge with a Drifter status at the Alien tech tree overview.
    • Improved hit feedback on the crosshair to appear and disappear faster and coincide more closely with the damage you are doing.
    • Reduced name flickering when aiming at an enemy

    Fixes

  • Increased the player slot limit for Linux to 99
  • Cluster grenades and mines will no longer shake the commander’s view
  • Fixed that the bootcamp menu message was not working.
  • Fixed Cluster Grenade fragment explosions not applying correct damage type. Was Normal, now Fire damage type.
  • Fixed that some of the serverbrowser filter did not work
  • Removed a one pixel offset in the killfeed icon texture that caused issues in the past
  • Fixed issue causing crosshair hit feedback to be updating too slowly
  • Fixed that completing the tutorial granted a few achievements too many
  • Fixed that the average skill value of servers wasn’t being calculated correctly

    Translations

  • Added the achievement title and descriptions to the translation system, so they can be translated via http://translate.naturalselection2.com/
  • Added Czech, French and German translations for the new tutorials (Thanks navaska, Pelargir and ChrisStark!)

    Maps

    Docking (Thanks Zavaro!)
  • Fixed missing Location entity for area adjacent to Locker Rooms

    Tram (Thanks Flaterectomy!)
  • Fixed various texture misalignments and smoothing issues around the map
  • Removed erroneous light props hidden behind a wall that were visible from commander view in shipping
  • Removed the large door at the southern end of the room in Shipping from commander view
  • Fixed a cable prop ending in mid-air in Repair
  • Made it easier to move over the pipe behind the powernode in Platform
  • Visual improvements below the floor and around the pillars and benches in the center of the ready room
  • Put unsorted entities, props and geometry in the appropriate layers
  • Fixed lights staying on in Hub when the power goes out (but made the tram's headlights stay on instead)
  • Fixed lights staying on when the power goes out in Hub and Repair due to being outside of the location entities

    SDK

  • CompileModel utility updates
  • Fixed a bug that would cause bones to scaled up if the source units weren't in centimeters, resulting in invalid physics collision reps.
  • Fixed bug where collision solids were improperly aligned
  • Fixed an issue that meant cameras from 3dsmax would not have the correct field of view
  • The FBX workflow now allows for bones to be declared as attach_points in the model_compile file
  • Added a feature to help with compiling new FBX assets and using "animation_model" from old DAE assets. Users can now use the "bone_order_override" directive to specify the sorting order of bones to match up to an existing model. Note: It safety checks the indices given -- they cannot contain duplicates, they must be sequential, they must start at zero and count up, and they cannot arrange the bones such that any parent has a higher index than the children

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Community Announcements - WasabiOne

Wake up Marine! Time to get into action and learn your objectives. Trevor and many team and community members have been hard at work on our tutorial system and it’s time to release it into the wild. This new tutorial offers a better way of progression through the basics of NS2 for both marines and aliens and also helps new players understand the many complexities that the game offers. We couldn’t be more excited to see how this turns out and we’ve even hidden some fun Easter eggs throughout both tutorials, see if you can find them all :)

There is still more to come and next week we look at our continued efforts to spice things up a bit, so stay tuned 😉

UPDATE INFO

Tweaks / Improvements
Replaced the old tutorial with two brand new tutorials.
-One for each team
-Each takes place at a different map
-Designed to be interactive and less linear
-New script/story
-New UI
-New animations
-Two sets of Voiceovers
-Include two new secret achievements
New Hive Status UI added which displays the following details:
-Type of each Hive
-Health point of the each Hives
-Location of each Hive
-Number of eggs located at each Hive
-Displays which Hive is occupied by the commander
-Only shows Locations that contain a TechPoint
-Shows if Eggs and Hive are taking damage
-Can be toggled via the HUD detail setting
Moved Team Resources UI screen position for Aliens to accommodate new Hive UI
Moved Personal Upgrades UI screen position to accommodate new Hive UI
Removed Biomass UI fade in/out animation. It now instantly shows and disappears
Steam Personas will no longer be changed by the game without player intent
Added contextual on-click events to new player checklist in the Main Menu
Normal achievements can’t be received at a listen server any longer

Fixes
Fixed black-screen on load issue for Windows 7 and some Linux clients could encounter when running a listen server, which was caused by incorrectly sized UDP packets.
Fixed net_log debugging command not being applied to Listen Servers.
Fixed script error that occured when killing a Command Station

Maps
Map fixes from Loki and Zavaro. Thanks guys!

Biodome
Fixed OcclusionGeometry in Atmospheric which was mistakenly added as CommanderInvisible

Derelict
Fixed stuck spot in Turbine

Docking
Fixed layers to contain appropriate geometry, assets, and lights
Fixed leftover geo from previous builds including extra faces and vertices
Fixed pathing mesh in Courtyard

Eclipse
Fixed CollisionGeometry in Generator Monitors vent to prevent people from accidentally falling through

Kodiak
Marine Start holo table is now flush with the floor
Fixed some holes in the Biodomes

Refinery
Fixed pathing mesh in Chasm to stop AI from getting stuck
Community Announcements - WasabiOne

Keeping in tune with our weekly releases is key to our continued work on NS2. What’s great about this schedule is that we can make tweaks and improvements across all aspects of the game, get real world feedback on gameplay and then just a few days later release more fine tuning and even more changes. Throughout these last few months, some of our experiments and changes have worked out better than we’d ever thought…and sometimes they don’t. However, what’s true is that we continue to push forward and try new exciting things.

Update 295 begins our movement towards a continued shakeup from the norm of NS2 gameplay. We are always looking for ways to simplify and also spice up gameplay throughout the game. Another great improvement comes from our good friend Matso in the way of some additional network updates that will hopefully improve the experience for those of you having redplug issues.

Lastly, thank you again to our awesome community. We recently re-launched the NS2 Translation site and have already gotten a lot of great submissions from people from all over the world. You can help the cause by visiting translate.naturalselection2.com! Our community is so rich with talent and it does not go unnoticed. We have some exciting things to come over the next few weeks and can’t wait for you to get your hands onto it, plus remember you can access the beta branch any time you want to see what’s going on behind the scenes of the next update.

UPDATE NOTES

Tweaks / Improvements

Ragdolls will dissolve faster and be colorized faster to give more feedback that they are dead already and you can stop shooting
Hitsounds will be enabled by default for new players so marines get better feedback when shooting aliens
New item pop-ups will no longer show for duplicates
Updated the in-game fonts to better support Latin Extended A chars (Thanks navazka)
NS2 now remembers the last selected server browser tab and will reselect it as soon as the server list has been fetched.
Gamemode server browser tabs now display the amount of players of the given mode.
Removed unique popup warning about gameplay issues on large servers
Warning popup for operating outside recommended settings changed
Will show if server exceeds 24 player slots as well as if network settings have been changed from default
Warning message will not show for servers you have favorited
“Never Show Again” option removed for rookies
Your nickname in NS2 will now automatically update with changes to your Steam name (this can be disabled from the options menu, under General -> Keep Same As Steam)
When failing to connect to a server due to reserved slots or because of having been banned, you will now be told so more explicitly
Added disconnect reasons for wrong build numbers, to make patch day less confusing for players
Default server moverate reduced from 30 to 26. This restores it to approximately what it was prior to build 279, and should help server performance
Servers will report now the sum of the median and standard deviation of all player skill rating as average player skill. This should make the skill row of the server browser more reliable.
Removed over 200 no longer used game strings to help our community translators. Feel free to help us localizing the game at http://translate.naturalselection2.com/

Fixes

Fixed issue where moverate was being improperly calculated, potentially causing a client to send an excessive number of moves after returning from being alt+tabbed, or if their framerate stuttered (Thanks Matso!)
Rookie only server alert message will now be hidden forever when you tell it to be so
Fixed weird behavior with popups when trying to join servers with reserved slots where the same popup would appear more than once

SDK

Raised engine hard limit for max players to 99. It is still recommended to stay under 24
Servers can now supply a refuse reason in the CheckConnectionAllowed callback
Community Announcements - Hugh


Natural Selection 2 has been receiving an update almost every single week. But you would not know it from looking at out Steam news, because we have been forgetting to post it (Sorry...)! Here is a summary of what's changed in the last four updates, since we last posted to Steam.

Update 294 - April 12th

Tweaks / Improvements

  • Kick reasons are now communicated to the client via the popup in the main menu
  • The “NS2” gamemode tag is now selected by default at the server browser instead of the “All” tab
  • Bots now directly join their team instead of waiting the Ready Room

Medpack Gameplay

  • Decreased direct heal from 50 health points to 25
  • Added a regeneration effect healing 25 health points per second:
  • Each medpack adds 1 sec regeneration
  • Multiple medpacks stack the regeneration time wise until the maximum health is reached
  • The health value regeneration will reach is shown green health bar
  • Lowered the pickup cool down from 0.56 seconds to 0.45

Fixes

  • Fixed that sometimes a commander bot joined a team in rookie only even though the team already has a human commander.

Server

  • Server can now indicate a kick reason when calling Server.DisconnectClient



Update 293 - April 4th

Tweaks / Improvements
  • Exosuits have had a Quality of Life pass
    • While deploying, your view is no longer locked and you are frozen for less time to better match the animations
    • You can eject instantly, and it will throw you more in the direction you are looking. You can even use it to get to some vents!
    • Subnautica has floodlights, why not NS2? The exo’s flashlight stays on after ejecting, turning it into a very expensive floodlight
    • Parasite state of the exo is tracked separately from a marine, and fixed inconsistencies with this (Thanks Dragon!)
    • Parasite status is now shown on the exo screen next to the armor display
    • You can no longer steal someone’s Exo if they buy a Jetpack until after 30 seconds has passed
    • You can now thrust in any direction
    • If you press the thrust button before the fuel bar is full, as long as you continue to hold it it will thrust when able (similar to how jump-queueing works as a Skulk)
  • Primed power nodes will now unlock if a Command Chair is in the room
  • Changed a few achievements slightly:
    • Lowered the required amount of the "Destroy X Resource Towers" achievements by 5 as it's too unlikely to destroy 15 of them in a single round
    • Constructing 33 % of a structure will count now as having build that structure to avoid race conditions against other team members
    • You also defend a Resource tower now by killing an enemy close to it instead of having to stand close to it yourself
Fixes
  • Fixed Server Browser not sorting by “Favorites” by default
  • Fixed references to Exosuits as Exoskeletons in some of the hint text and commander UI



Update 292 - March 29th

Tweaks / Improvements
  • Added a bunch of new collectible items you can earn by playing the game or by trading with others. See if you can get all 15!
Fixes
  • Fixed respawning at random view angles. Your camera view after spawning will now match where you were looking while respawning
  • Fixed that constructing only rewarded 1 instead of 5 score points
  • Fixed that bots counted for the max player check causing players to be unable to join a server

SDK

  • All C-style code comments have been refactored to Lua-style (this allows you to use any editor which supports Lua to work with the ns2 code base)
  • Added ability to assign a mod type and a compatibility tag to your mods in Launchpad, while will be displayed in the Workshop and can be used to filter certain mod types.
    • Please update your old mods with tags, especially crosshairs, hitsounds, and alien vision ones!

Want even more? You can also read the Update 291 notes on the Unknown Worlds blog (Steam news won't let me post it all at once...):

Update 291 - March 17th
Community Announcements - UWE.Strayan (NS2HD)


Hi everyone! A new Natural Selection 2 update has been released on Steam. This is a small update, and contains some tweaks to the tutorial and some great community contributed bug fixes.

Before I get to the changelog, this is an opportune moment to share some other good news. For the past three months, UWE has been running an experimental project with a paid, in-house NS2 development team.

Last week Amanda, Brock, Dillon, Scott, Sebastian, Skyler and Trevor gathered and presented the results of their efforts. Those results were very positive. UWE has decided to proceed with an extension of the project for another three months.

Back on topic, here's what changed in Update 290:

Update 290 Changelog

Tweaks / Improvements

Re-recorded all Tutorial voice-overs
Added Voice-over mute option in Tutorial

Fixes

Fixed Onos and Skulk albino view-model showing incorrect texture (Thanks Samusdroid!)
Fixed issue with Death Triggers that caused them to kill entities not in the triggers!!!

SDK

Fixed Overview including special groups (Seasonals) in tga file (Thanks Salads!)
Added support for LaunchPad to load specific project on start: -o [path to mod.settings] (Thanks Salads!)

Maps

Mix-master Zavaro is at it again! Thanks Zavaro for contributing all these fixes and improvements!

Biodome
Fixed an issue where OcclusionGeometry clipped through world in Platform
Fixed an issue where OcclusionGeometry where detail props would disappear in Bioreactors
Fixed an issue where OcclusionGeometry clipped through world in Filtration
Fixed an issue with Atmospheric and Condensers not extending their locations to a conjoined room

Derelict
Fixed hole in Atmospheric Seeding allowing players to see outside the map
Fixed hole in floor of Turbine allowing players to see outside the map
Fixed face jutting out of floor in TurbineFixed OcclusionGeometry in Turbine from showing on minimap

Descent
Duplicated and rotated proximity field textures to create cohesion in visual styles between maps

Docking
Updated Reflection Probes

Summit
Fixed CommanderBuild group in Crossroads to better accurately reflect floor and walls
Fixed CommanderNoBuild in Crevice

Tram
Fixed CollisionGeometry on railing in Ore Processing to better accurately reflect prop locations
Added CollisionGeometry to Ore Processing vent to keep players from getting stuck
Fixed holes in Hub allowing players to see into North Tunnels through the walls

Veil
Fixed Y-Junction location name on minimap to intended Y Junction name
Added OcclusionGeometry in Cargo to block Gorge Tunnels from being visible
Fixed floating crates and other props in Cargo
Community Announcements - WasabiOne


Hi everyone!

It seems like only yesterday that we released update 288, wait a minute?!? It was :) (almost). Hot off the heels of one update comes yet another. This time there is even more under the hood adjustments and tools for us to make the deployment of new features easier. The team has been discussing and debating many suggestions by the community on ways to adjust lifeforms and new player traps. We will continue to discuss and evaluate these over the next couple weeks. For now there are some minor adjustments you will see listed in the changelog, plus a handful of fixes and map repairs. See you all on the servers!

CHANGELOG

Tweaks / Improvements
Added the ability for UWE to apply hotfixes to the main menu without releasing a full steam patch
Added the ability to spotlight mods in the main menu
Removed excessive padding from the rookie-nag popup and removed the “Remind Me Later” option
Discord button will now drop people in #general, to get them talking
Swapped Gorge and Skulk positions in the evolve menu so new players are less likely to think the Gorge is “better”
Added quick-link to Community Market in Customize screen
Revamped the scoring numbers:
Each entity gives now about half of its resource costs as points
Primary game objectives like Command-, Resource Structure and Power Nodes give a bonus of 10 points
Secondary game objectives like Gorge Tunnels, Observatories, Phase Gates, Infantry Portal and Alien Upgrade Structures give a bonus of 5 points.
Player give a bonus of half the points they have collected in their current life.

Fixes
Play Now window now only reports having found servers that it will actually try to join
Sped up initial welder animation after purchasing at an armory
Welder will no longer play its initial animation if you picked it up off the ground
Fixed initial welder animation playing multiple times if you switched weapons before it finished
Reaper Gorge now works with the correct item (it was unlocking with the Reaper Skulk before)

Maps
Awesome QoL changes, brought to you by Zavaro (send him thank you cookies)!

ns2_docking
Retooled CollisionGeometry in Courtyard to better accurately portray props

ns2_veil
Corrected minimap names from appearing in less than ideal locations
Changed collidable wires in Topographical to non-collidable for consistency
Fixed an issue with Skylights location bleeding into Command
Removed tiny duplicated orphaned Cargo forcefield face
Added new shader-based proximity material to Cargo forcefield, making it more forcefield-y. Shiny

ns2_descent
Added new shader-based proximity material to Shuttle Bay forcefield, making it more forcefield-y. Also shiny
Added prop lights to better differentiate room from external area beyond forcefield

ns2_tram
Fixed missing faces in Ore Processing allowing players to see through the floor

ns2_derelict
Fixed a few missing faces in Turbines from previous build (Whoops!)
Community Announcements - UWE.Strayan (NS2HD)


I will let the changelog speak for itself on this gigantic patch 😉 As you can see this is primarily a maintenance patch, but there is more to come on Thursday. Stay Tuned!

CHANGELOG

Tweaks / Improvements

Added force fields to the tutorial so players can’t wander off and get lost

Fixes

Building with E while holding the welder will no longer cause you to lose your last weapon switch history
Customization options should no longer be reset when switching between servers
Swipe sound will not play on the main menu when it’s not meant to
Integrated fixes for the “Tis But a Scratch” and “Strategic Thinking” achievements
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