Waves 2: Notorious is an arcade twin-stick shooter set in Cyberspace. Build Combos, earn Adrenaline and unleash powerful Burst attacks as you Dive into the Net and do battle against an AI that adapts to your weaknesses!
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Release Date:
Dec 16, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Waves² exceeds the scope of the original game significantly and as a one-man studio getting feedback before release is almost impossible.

The Early Access period is intended primarily to let players test the game and provide that feedback in order to make a more balanced and enjoyable game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The Alpha period will last until the game is considered "Feature Complete", this means all the major features in the roadmap are implemented and live. The game will then enter a Beta phase during which the primary aim is to balance and polish the game ready for the final release.

During Early Access you can expect the leader boards to be periodically wiped and for the balance to change in significant ways as we hone in on the best experience.

The game is currently in "Alpha 5" and has recently shifted into a monthly development cycle. From now until release updates will occur at the end of each Calendar month.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full roadmap for the full game is publicly available and updated constantly.

Key features yet to be implemented are:

  • More GRID Development (more content, enemies, and complex Networks to explore)
  • Achievements
  • Trading Cards

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“As of March 2017 (Alpha 4)

Game Modes:
  • Crunch Time (3-minute Timed Challenge)
  • Survival (Classic Arcade mode with Extra Lives)
  • Rush (Level Up and kill Bosses to extend the time limit)
  • Chase (Touch Checkpoints to extend the time limit)
  • Dive (Destroy Towers to unlock the Portal then Dive to the Next Level)
  • GRID (Procedurally generated Campaign mode)
  • Multiplayer Battle Mode

    • Ranked Leaderboards
    • All the Enemies from the original Waves plus 7 new ones.
    • Procedurally Generated Arenas
    • Metagame progression for unlocking new equipment and game modes
    • Customisable Player Builds allowing you to tailor your ship to your play style
    • 36 Unique Items including 6 Weapons, 6 Special Attacks, 6 Utility Powers, and 18 Passive Upgrades
    • Ingame progression where the player's power level increases during each game
    • Enemy Progression where the enemies get tougher and more dangerous the longer a game continues

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The final game will be slightly more expensive once released. Originally it was intended to be cheaper but as the Early Access period has been so long and the scope of the game has expanded so too must the price.

I am dedicated to providing a premium and polished final product and as such will not ship the game until I am satisfied with it.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The Steam Community forums will be the main source of feedback during Early Access.

The entire roadmap of tasks is available to view by anybody and is updated constantly as work is completed.”
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About This Game

Waves 2: Notorious is a Bullet Hell Twin-Stick Shooter. You play as a "Runner" diving into Cyberspace to engage in virtual combat deep within Corporate Networks. Try to evade the ever-watchful Administrator; an AI that learns your weaknesses and adapts as you play, and defeat its Guardians to become Notorious.

It's your reflexes against the relentless assault of Bugs, Programs, Viruses, and AI's in this Twin-Stick Shooter. Chain together kills to build your Combo and earn Adrenaline that can be unleashed in devastating Burst Attacks. Customize your Avatar's Load-out to match your combat style and explore synergies between the 36 Items to find the best combination for you.


  • Hack into Procedurally Generated Corporate Networks. Defeat the Guardians and raise your Reputation to Notorious!
  • Compete in Arcade Arenas for Leaderboard glory. Increase your Rank every day, week, and month for a shot at the top spot.
  • Unlock 36 Programs and combine them to customize your Loadout to your playstyle.
  • Compete against other players in real-time to see who will be the last man standing in this multiplayer game of Survival.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 5.0 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 5.0 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 12
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM 5.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires up to date proprietary graphics drivers.

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