Insurgency: Sandstorm is a team-based, tactical FPS based on lethal close quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight.
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Dec 12, 2018

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July 11

July 11th Patch

We are releasing a patch today with various fixes and improvements. This patch is focused more on fixing things rather than adding new content. However, we do have more content in the works, all of which will be free. You can view our development roadmap here to see the content we have planned over the next 6 months.

Full changelist below:

Critical Fixes
  • Fixed crash with spectator camera.
  • Fixed a cosmetic exploit which would allow a player to become invisible.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed Bipods not properly deploying on sandbags.
  • Fixed a case where weapons could end up in a minute-long audio loop.
  • Fixed molotov rag fire particle not always being removed when the weapon is unequipped.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players using the FAL to fire before a speed reload was finished.
  • Fixed the initial M4A1 the player picks up in the Tutorial Level not having its Laser Sight upgrade enabled.
  • Fixed reloading issues with grenade launchers.
  • Fixed missing scenario images for Ministry and Outskirts on the map vote screen.
  • Fixed anti-materiel rifle ready animation sequences not playing.
  • Fixed the following extended mags not having the extended mag icon setup correctly: M82A1 CQ, M99, MP5A2, MP5A5, PF940, VHS-2
  • Fixed QBZ-03 HUD image not showing the handle properly.
  • Fixed navigation issue where Q and E wouldn't navigate properly on the post match screen.
  • Fixed third person SVD and SKS reload animations not playing.
  • Fixed incorrect texture on the first person M16A2 muzzle brake.
  • Fixed incorrect ready animation playing when using an AKM with a drum magazine and foregrip.
  • Fixed collision for bus door. Not like they’re in service anyway though.
  • Fixed some rendering issues that caused decal blending issues between decals that were using different channels.

Gameplay Improvements
  • Being suppressed by enemy gunfire no longer increases your weapon recoil.
  • Increased first person grenade draw and holster speed by 10%.
  • Improved Slide by removing a “tolerance” that would initiate a slide if a player pressed Crouch shortly after stopping sprinting. This tolerance was meant to help with sliding that wasn’t timed correctly by the player, but instead had led to a lot of accidental slides. Now players should be able to crouch more consistently when they want to right after sprinting.
  • Made various weapon and weapon upgrade:
    • Increased VHS-2 and QBZ-03 recoil.
    • M1911 suppressor is now 2 supply points instead of 3 to make it more consistent with the other Secondary suppressors.
    • VHS-2 can now pick up QBZ-03 mags and vice versa.
    • QBZ-03 can now pick up M4/M16 style magazines.
    • Disabled Melee Attack for Heavy Machine Guns. This was seen as too gamey and unrealistic, as well as looking strange in terms of animation.
    • Added 1.5x PK-AS for G36K for Security in cooperative modes.
    • Competitive changes:
      • QBZ-3 supply cost changed to 7.
      • VHS-2 supply cost changed to 8.
      • 1.5x PK-AS supply cost changed to 2
      • Extended Magazines which give +5 rounds supply cost changed to 2.
      • Foregrip supply cost changed to 4.
      • Foregrip Bipod supply cost changed to 5.
      • Added 1.5x PK-AS for G36K.
  • Fire Support
    • Explosive Drone now requires clear space above when requesting them. This is intended to stop players from calling them in on the garage in Ministry or any other underground area.

Visual Improvements
  • Characters
    • Added facial animations to your character in the Loadout menu.
    • Your own Eyewear should no longer be seen when you are killed.
    • Fixed issue with Carriers where the backpack would extrude past the seats.
    • Fixed t-shirt clipping issues with some Facewear.
    • Fixed clipping issues with Gas Masks.
    • Added details to Insurgent No Armor Heavy Carrier equipment combination.
    • Fixed shemagh's clipping with chest gear.
  • Weapons
    • Added first person transition animations for entering and exiting sprinting in Hardcore Checkpoint.
    • Added missing melee animations to shotguns for muzzle thumps and melee flinching.
    • Third person “world” magazines spawned from speed reloading now spawn off screen. This prevents a duplicate magazine from appearing in view during a speed reload.
    • Fixed component on the VHS-2 charging handle not animating correctly during the ready animation.
    • Fixed QBZ-03 floating handguard.
    • Fixed the AK-74 foregrip disappearing when equipping a Bipod.
    • Fixed issue with underbarrel grenade launcher reloads in third person causing the magazine to move with them.
    • Fixed invisible casing/warhead on the third person M3 MAAWS reload.
    • Fixed shotguns using the incorrect melee animation when using a Foregrip.
    • Added breathing idle animations for the first person Binoculars.
    • Updated the M4A1 and M16A4 barrels to have holes in them.
    • Fixed floaty magazine during the L106A1 pistol reload starts.

UI Improvements
  • Made visual improvements to the map voting screen including adding background blur to make the interface more legible.
  • Made the timer on the map vote screen now stop when there’s a winning map selected.
  • Fixed grammatical errors in certain win condition descriptions that show at the end of a round.
  • Adjusted post-match screen to improve readability.
  • If when attempting to join a community server you receive a network error (mismatched password, server is full, etc.) it will now take you back to the server browser as intended.
  • Tweaked the size and wrapping of the hints on the loading screen to result in better formatting.

Level Changes
  • Ministry
    • Fixed not being able to destroy two windows at the back near Insurgent spawn.
    • Fixed scenario issue that was causing Hardcore Checkpoint Insurgents Supply Crates to not appear during gameplay.
    • Fixed light seam in lobby area.
    • Fixed an issue where player was restricted when crouching in lobby area on Checkpoint Insurgents.
    • Added extra entrances for bathrooms on each side of the building to improve level flow for Checkpoint scenarios.
    • Replaced broken mirrors in toilets with decals, added opacity variations of decals, and various other small visual tweaks.
  • Outskirts
    • Fixed Restricted Area not being applied to hill behind Insurgent spawn on Push Insurgents objective D.
  • Hideout
    • Revised Checkpoint Insurgents layout to improve gameplay balance for final objective.
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June 26

June 26th Hotfix

Today we announced a hotfix for Update 1.3 to address feedback from players over the Free Weekend. Today's hotfix includes major optimization for co-op AI spawning, changes to address vehicle stuttering, fixes for Steam cloud-related issues and several improvements to the limited time arcade mode ‘Frenzy’.

This update is now live, and you can view the full change list below.

As always, community feedback helps us improve the game, so we ask anyone experiencing issues after today’s patch to leave constructive feedback on the official forums or Steam forums detailing; hardware set-up, in-game settings, videos/images, and where possible, any reproduction steps.

  • Heavily optimized the coop bot spawn logic to resolve server-side hitches resulting in client-side lag spikes / rubber-banding due to bot spawning.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue resulting in vehicles stuttering wildly and at varying angles when servers undergo a larger amount of stress either due to a high player count, fire support, or the combination of the two.
  • Fixed an issue where XP gain was not being visually communicated to players correctly at the end of a game. XP gain was still being recorded correctly on the stats back-end throughout the duration of this issue however.
  • Steam Cloud
    • Fixed an issue that caused randomized cosmetics presets to get uploaded to the Steam Cloud.
    • Fixed an issue that discarded custom cosmetics presets.
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the user from disabling Steam Cloud synchronization.
  • Frenzy
    • Fixed an issue where Frenzy bot “Flamer” ragdoll fire damage volumes would persist on the ragdoll for longer than the fire particle, this resulted in invisible damaging fire.
    • Fixed an issue where respawning Frenzy bot “Flamer” class bots would respawn and continue to inflict damage to themselves and the surrounding area causing a respawn chain until they changed class.
    • Fixed an issue where Frenzy bots could occasionally spawn with varying effects, such as voice pitch and particles, for classes that were not allocated to them.
  • Fixed an issue where bots were being teleported to their squad leader during the pre-round instead of allowing them to remain in their designated cover positions.
  • Fixed an issue where ready animations were not playing for the QBZ-03 and Alpha AK when equipped with a foregrip and drum magazine combination.
  • Fixed an issue with the AKM where if equipped with a foregrip and drum magazine combination it would play the incorrect reload due to referencing the wrong drum magazine upgrade.
  • Fixed an issue where tracer rounds were not available on the VHS-2 and QBZ-03.
  • Fix an issue where vehicle impact sounds would be triggered on physics corrections instead of impacts.

  • Outskirts
    • Blocked curtains in the room under security side porch adjacent to Insurgent Push Objective A to prevent clipping.
    • Blocked access to a roof in the shantytown that was being exploited.
  • Summit
    • Fixed an issue allowing players to access a point on the mountain which could be exploited on Push Security.
  • Hideout
    • Fixed a potential exploit on Push Security allowing insurgents to see into the Security spawn for objective Alpha.

Known Issues
  • [VoIP] - Occasionally certain players may not be audible to others when using VoIP and instead only transmit radio beeps.
  • [Bots] - Bots may occasionally be rendered as invisible in certain edge cases.
  • [Audio] - Weapon audio may occasionally be left looping until the offending weapon is picked up from the ground. We have a potential fix for this and will be deploying it once it has been tested.
  • [SLI] - Nvidia has disabled the SLI profile for Insurgency: Sandstorm temporarily until they further investigate an issue with Unreal Engine 4.22. If SLI is enabled directly in the control panel this will result in geometry strobing on screen. We suggest all users running SLI ensure that this is disabled in the control panel if it has been enabled at that level.

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“Insurgency: Sandstorm feels fresh and innovative at every turn”
85/100 – PC Gamer

“If ever there was an example of outstanding FPS gunplay, Insurgency: Sandstorm is surely it”
8.8/10 – IGN

“It might just have one of the best cooperative modes from any first-person shooter that I’ve played all year”

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About This Game

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a team-based, tactical FPS based on lethal close quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Sequel to the indie breakout FPS Insurgency, Sandstorm is reborn, improved, expanded, and bigger in every way. Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight. Prepare for a hardcore depiction of combat with deadly ballistics, light attack vehicles, destructive artillery, and HDR audio putting the fear back into the genre.

An intense atmosphere putting the terror into modern combat

Move with speed and caution as you push through the war-torn environments of a fictional contemporary conflict in the Middle East. Death comes fast, ammunition must be carefully managed, and the environment must be tactically navigated at every step toward victory.

Insurgency: refined and expanded

For the first time in an Insurgency game, customize your character to show your veterancy with diverse sets of clothing, uniforms, accessories, and character voices. Coordinate fire support with your team, engage enemies with vehicle mounted machine guns, and go head to head in small scale high speed competitive matches. Wield new weapons and new upgrades to outmaneuver, outflank, and outsmart the enemy.

War at its realest

Continuing Insurgency’s acclaim as the most atmospheric shooter, Sandstorm is built on Unreal 4 to bring its gritty close-quarters combat into a whole new era of realism. Skill is rewarded, and survival is paramount. Feel every bullet, and fear every impact.

Key Features

  • Sequel to the indie breakout FPS Insurgency, now with 5 million units sold. Sandstorm is reborn, improved, expanded, and bigger in every way.
  • Character and weapon customisation to show your battle-hardiness.
  • Unprecedented audio design with positional voice-chat for realistic teamwork, and heart pounding ambient audio to bring you into the battlefield.
  • Peek around corners, tactically breach doorways, use smoke to cover your team’s advance, and call in air support.
  • Battle across expansive maps in up to 16-versus-16 player game modes, or 8 player co-operative against AI, now with machine gun mounted drivable vehicles.
  • Competitive multiplayer features including matchmaking, broadcasting UI, and replays.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4440 (3.10GHz)/AMD FX-6300 (3.50GHz)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760/AMD Radeon HD 7970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 40 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 (3.20GHz)/AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (3.20GHz)
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980/AMD Radeon R9 390X
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 40 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: SSD is recommended.

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