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!


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


  • 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


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


    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


  • 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
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 😉


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

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

Map fixes from Loki and Zavaro. Thanks guys!

Fixed OcclusionGeometry in Atmospheric which was mistakenly added as CommanderInvisible

Fixed stuck spot in Turbine

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

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

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

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! 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.


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


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


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


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


  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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


  • 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


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!!!


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!)


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

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

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

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

Updated Reflection Probes

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

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

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!


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.

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)

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

Retooled CollisionGeometry in Courtyard to better accurately portray props

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

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

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

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!


Tweaks / Improvements

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


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
Community Announcements - WasabiOne

Hi everyone!

Continuing our theme of the week, Patch 287 adds some additional support to help new players learn about the game before joining the ranks. We are now able to guide new players through an on-screen checklist, to help them learn all the basics of the game. If they complete these tasks they are rewarded a new shoulder patch (‘Eat your Greens’). The other benefit in having this system hooked up is that we now have Steam Achievements for the rest of the players out there! So prepare yourself and see how many achievements you can collect, we will continue to add more over time and are open to suggestions on fun/harder ones to achieve too.

Next up we are working to implement some of the ideas and requests from the ‘Simplifying NS2 thread’ and document. Our continued efforts with the help of the community’s feedback should help both retain more players and allow current players to effect change. That’s a big positive for everyone. Check out the changelog below and stay tuned for what comes next!


Tweaks / Improvements

Added 48 new Achievements for you to collect
Added 5 tasks specially for new players and a new shoulder patch as reward for completing them (shown on the main menu)
Tip videos will no longer play while connected to a dedicated server, so new players can focus on the game. They are still accessible from the Training menu
Changed Trello button on main menu to link to our NS2 Discord chatroom instead (come say Hi!)
Use an achievement to track if the tutorial was completed instead of a config option.
Tutorial improvements are now for everyone (no more A/B comparison)
Added more granular analytics to the Tutorial, to find out where people are getting stuck
If you have a welder, you will build with the welder instead of the build-tool.


Fixed issue with repairing destroyed power nodes where it would not bring out your build tool or welder
Fixed Linux clients getting a black screen on startup due to awesomium being less than awesome
Restored the old behavior of the rookie only server browser filter: It shows rookie only servers when ticked otherwise not.
The annotate command has been fixed (Thanks Salads!)

SDK / Editor

Added a Server.IsDedicated() script function to distinguish between local hosted (listen servers) and remote hosted (dedicated servers) from lua script
Fixed crash in Editor that could occur with the Trim Tool.


Fixed structures being un-powered in Terminal if placed in the upper-left corner of the room.


Fixed CommanderInvisible faces, cinematics, and props throughout the map
Fixed some odd faces clipping through areas where they shouldn’t
Fixed several holes in south-western portion of the map
Fixed some excluded OcclusionGeometry faces
Made vents more visible (and connected) on the map overlay by adding several missing props and faces to CommanderInvisibleVents
Fixed an issue causing Seasonal (and secret room) props to be visible on map overlay
Added addition line of sight block in the form of derelict_vines_2b in Turbines for balance
Decreased size of central tree in Turbines for sanity and balance
Pipe props moved in Alley for blocking line of sight for balance
Community Announcements - WasabiOne

Hey everyone!

Part of our goal as a development team is to look at player retention for the long term, not just how we stand now. A lot of our focus on this lately starts with new players to the game. We have continued to make changes to the game and mechanics in order to help new players better understand how to play NS2, while keeping the experience intuitive and fun. This patch is the first step in achieving these goals. We’ll likely be patching again later this week as we quickly move on to Patch 287 and beyond!


Tweaks / Improvements

Added an Introduction to Natural Selection 2 video. It will play on first launch, and can be watching again from the Training menu
In locations with no structures that require power, building the power node will become primed when fully built. This will not impact building resource towers or the normal course of play
Pressing E to build while you have a welder will now use the welder instead of the build tool
Made minor improvements to the tutorial, but only 50% of players will see the improved version, so we can measure the effects (A/B testing)
Reduced resolution of some specular textures to improve memory usage
Increase rookie level to 5 so new players can keep playing and practicing on rookie-only servers for longer before joining the non-rookie servers. You can still play on any server you want after reaching level 1 or finishing the tutorial.
Added a ranked server filter to the server browser
The server browser will now highlight ranked servers. Listed as GOLD NS2 in the gamemode column. (Thanks mendasp!)
The server browser now shows the total number of servers available as well as the total number that pass your filter settings (Thanks mendasp!)
Resource nodes and tech points are now highlighted on the minimap (Thanks mendasp!)
Rookies are no longer banned from commanding on non-rookie servers, but instead will be shown a warning
Commanders are now credited with the average score on their team at the end of a round, so they will continue to level up as fast as all the other players even while commanding
Play Now will now prioritize joining into a ranked server over an unranked one


Fixed awesomium_process.exe crash (occurred frequently in the tutorial, or for new players if tip videos were playing when they exited a game)
Fixed hangs on server join, disconnecting, and exiting the game
Fixed specular textures loading at a lower resolution than intended (shiny new prettiness)
Integrated fix for gorge tunnels not always opening when a player has dropped both sides
Throttled “illegal miplevel” error spam so if it happens, it won’t impact performance
Updated ns2_derelict overview to show new vents
Fixed another case of rifle jamming (Thanks xDragon and SamusDroid!)
Fixed looping rifle fire sounds while not firing (Thanks xDragon!)


Fixed Shared.SendHTTPRequest jobs not canceling properly when the lua vm is destroyed, which could cause hangs/crashes
Feb 11
Community Announcements - UWE.Strayan (NS2HD)

New cosmetic items are now available in Natural Selection 2! Tundra adds ice-cold Shotgun, Rifle, Exosuit, and marine armor paint jobs to the battlefield. These items are available now in the brand new Natural Selection 2 item store.

Those of you with keen eyes might have noticed something different about these items. Unlike previous cosmetic items, which were Steam Store DLC packs, these items are available individually as part of the Steam Economy. Much like items in Rust. This means you can choose to buy only the pieces of the Tundra pack you really want. You can also sell and trade the items.

In fact, you can trade a whole lot more than just Tundra items. Skyler (Remi) has been doing some serious tinkering under Natural Selection 2’s hood. He has performed major upgrades to the way NS2 interfaces with Steam, opening up a wide array of you functionality. All the items you’ve purchased in NS2 are now tradeable. Reaper pack, Kodiak pack, Reinforcement Program – They are now all available in your Steam Inventory.

Don’t want an item anymore? You can sell it. Missed out on an item that’s no longer on sale, and really want it? You might be able to buy it from another player in the marketplace.

All this new functionality has great potential for Natural Selection 2’s future. Instead of just making and shoveling out packs of cosmetic garbage, the NS2 development team can take signals from the Steam Economy, and work on things people actually really want. We could potentially work together with community creators to put sweet new customization options into NS2. Specific actions – Such as helping new players, or winning a particular NSL tournament, could result in the award of dedicated items.

To fill up your Steam Inventory, run NS2 and then select ‘Player Customization’ from the main menu. NS2 will talk to Steam for a little bit, and then all your items will appear in your Steam Inventory. If you buy a Tundra Bundle from the Item Store, do the same thing and select ‘unpack bundle’ to unpack all the Tundra items into your Inventory.

We’ve tinkered with NS2’s guts with this update. There’s a good chance we’ve broken something or other. There may be bugs in our Steam Economy implementation, and crazy stuff might happen. If it does, please let us know and we’ll get cracking on finding solutions. Rest assured that all DLC and item purchases are tracked by rock-solid transaction databases – If we’ve broken something, you will not lose your items.

We are looking forward to hearing your feedback about all this. This is a big experiment, and the NS2 dev team is not 100% sure about how we will use all this new functionality. Do you have ideas for items, inventories, and economies? Could veteran players be identified with special items? Might new players receive items for completing tutorials and other training? Should Black Armor be tradeable? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


Tweaks / Improvements

Added a bar on the main menu to show your progress to the next hive level
Added all new Tundra items (Armor, Exosuit, Shotgun, Rifle, and Shoulder Patch)
Changed all previous customization variants to be items instead of DLC (except Black Armor)
Added ability to open the Tundra Bundle from within the customize menu
Added simple event recording system, so we can track things like tutorial completion rates and if new players are viewing the tip videos


Fixed case where rifle could have the wrong texture
Fixed not being able to see skins of other players while spectating in first person
Commander dropped equipment will be of the commander's selected variant
Fixed animation issue with Rifles which may have caused issues with its animation graph (might fix gun jams, please report!)
Tweaked numbers again to try to fix redplug issues when a client alt+tabs (introduced in build 283)
Increased snapshot history on servers to 3 seconds instead of 2
Changed time until throttling of alt+tabbed clients to 2.8 seconds instead of 1 second
Fixed inconsistencies in the consistency checker causing consistency checks to sometimes fail

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