Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
In anticipation of our upcoming 1.7: Nightfall update, our Play with the Devs event ROUND 2 is happening NOW from 11:00 AM MST - 12:00 PM MST on the Community Test Environment.

Help test upcoming content for Operation: Nightfall on the Community Test Environment:
  • New map: Tideway
  • 5 New weapons
  • Night versions of all existing maps including Tideway
  • Night Equipment - NVG, Infrared Laser, Infrared Flashlight, Flashlight weapon upgrades, Night-vision Scopes
  • New Cosmetics
  • And much more
To play with us, go to your Steam Library and download “Insurgency: Sandstorm Community Test Environment." Boot up the CTE, and please set matchmaking regions to US East. We'll be focusing on Tideway (day map version) in Co-op today!
Click Play, select Co-op, Tideway Normal, Hardcore and/or Frenzy and Find Match. All of the devs won’t necessarily be in one game, but you’ll see us floating around your matches!

During the CTE, we will be restricting the playlists to focus solely on the new content.

Please note that all devs will have a DEV tag next to their name in-game. Anyone posing as a dev without the DEV tag is not an NWI developer.

If you have any questions about the new content coming in Update 1.7: Nightfall, please go here. After playing, please fill out this survey. The only other place the team will be funneling feedback is on our Steam CTE Sub-Forum. Please ensure to use the search function in the Sub Forum to see if your feedback/question has already been posted, and stick to ONE topic per thread.

See you soon!
Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
In anticipation of our upcoming 1.7: Nightfall update, our Play with the Devs event is happening NOW from 11:00 AM MST - 12:00 PM MST on the Community Test Environment.

Help test upcoming content for Operation: Nightfall on the Community Test Environment:
  • New map: Tideway
  • 5 New weapons
  • Night versions of all existing maps including Tideway
  • Night Equipment - NVG, Infrared Laser, Infrared Flashlight, Flashlight weapon upgrades, Night-vision Scopes
  • New Cosmetics
  • And much more
To play with us, go to your Steam Library and download “Insurgency: Sandstorm Community Test Environment." Boot up the CTE, and please set matchmaking regions to US East
Click Play, select Co-op, Night Maps Normal, Hardcore, and/or Frenzy and Find Match. All of the devs won’t necessarily be in one game, but you’ll see us floating around your matches!

During the CTE, we will be restricting the playlists to focus solely on the new content.

Please note that all devs will have a DEV tag next to their name in-game. Anyone posing as a dev without the DEV tag is not an NWI developer.

If you have any questions about the new content coming in Update 1.7: Nightfall, please go here. After playing, please fill out this survey. The only other place the team will be funneling feedback is on our Steam CTE Sub-Forum. Please ensure to use the search function in the Sub Forum to see if your feedback/question has already been posted, and stick to ONE topic per thread.

See you soon!
Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
Today we are launching a playable preview version of our upcoming version 1.7 update. This includes a new map ‘Tideway’, five new weapons (AS Val, Honey Badger, Sterling, Grease Gun, Welrod), nighttime versions of all maps in Co-op, new cosmetic options, and more! See below for more info.

This content is now available on the Community Test Environment. Go to your Steam Library and download “Insurgency: Sandstorm Community Test Environment” to play. Please remember this is a preview build, so some issues are expected (see ‘Known Issues’) and all content is considered work in progress. If you encounter any problems or have feedback for the development team please don’t hesitate to let us know in the CTE sub-section of the Steam forums. Also be sure to fill out our 1.7 CTE Feedback Survey. Our team will be monitoring feedback during the CTE and aim to push this update to players on the live version of Insurgency: Sandstorm in June. The CTE will be open until 5:00 PM MST June 1st.

You can find some of the key new features and known issues below:
New Features
  • New map “Tideway”
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  • Reimagining of Buhriz from Insurgency 2014
  • Playable in the following modes: Push, Domination, Frontline, Firefight, Normal Checkpoint, Hardcore Checkpoint, and Frenzy Checkpoint
  • New weapons for Security Breacher
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    • Honey Badger
    • Grease Gun
  • New weapons for Insurgent Breacher
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    • AS Val
    • Sterling
  • New Secondary weapon for all Insurgent classes
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    • Welrod
  • Night Maps
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    • Night versions of all maps including the new map Tideway have been created for Checkpoint, Hardcore Checkpoint, and Frenzy Checkpoint modes
    • Enemy AI have lower visibility and night-appropriate responsiveness
    • Enemy AI Breachers and Advisors make use of flashlights to locate and blind players
    • Versus modes can be played on night maps on community servers and potentially in the future as limited time playlists, but official matchmaking will only support Co-op night maps
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    Night Equipment
    • Only available when playing on night maps
    • Night-vision Goggles (NVG)
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    • Available in the Accessory slot
    • Each faction has two available types, with different image quality and FOV
    • Each type is available in Green, Amber, White Phosphor, and Multicolor color filters
    • Increases nighttime visibility substantially, but still will have dark spots where there is little ambient light
    • When worn, will slow down aiming down sights speed
  • Infrared Laser weapon upgrade (IR Laser)
    • Available for all Primaries and Secondaries
    • Projects a laser beam and dot only visible when wearing Night-vision Goggles
    • Helps target enemies without ADS and indicate to teammates which angle you are watching
    • Useful when combined with NVG Point Shooting upgrade (see below)
  • Infrared Flashlight weapon upgrades (IR Flashlight)
    • Available for all Primaries and Secondaries
    • Projects a beam of light in a cone only visible when wearing Night-vision Goggles
    • Useful in very dark areas that Night-vision Goggles can’t fully illuminate
  • Flashlight weapon upgrades
    • Available for all Primaries and Secondaries
    • Projects a high intensity beam of light in a cone
    • Useful to see targets far away and to blind enemies, but will reveal your position
  • Night-vision Scopes
    • Available for 4x and 7x optics
    • Attaches a second scope to an existing optic to give its sight picture White Phosphor night vision
    • If Night-vision Goggles of a different color filter are worn when aiming down a Night-vision Scope, the scope’s sight picture will appear as the color filter of the Night-vision Goggles
  • NVG Point Shooting weapon upgrade
    • Available for all Primaries and Secondaries
    • If selected for a weapon, when aiming down sights while wearing NVGs, free-aim will disable and the weapon will “lock” to a position where it points to the center of the screen
    • Useful when combined with Infrared Laser weapon upgrade
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    New Cosmetics
    • Added new shemagh that covers half the face under “Insurgent Facewear”
      • Half Wrap Black
      • Half Wrap Plain
      • Half Wrap White
    • Added new hoodie with the hood up under “Insurgent Torso”
      • Hoodie Up
      • Hoodie Up Camo
    • Added new digital dark red camo under “Insurgent Equipment”
      • Digital Dark Red
    • Added new MICH 2000 helmet with IR strobe, headset, and headphones under “Security Headgear”
      • MICH 2000 IR
      • MICH 2000 IR Cans
      • MICH 2000 IR Headset
    • Added new desert night camo under “Security Equipment,” “Uniform Camo,” and various other items
      • Desert Night
    Gameplay Improvements
    • Removed Mk 18 CQBR from Security Breacher and AKS-74U from Insurgent Breacher
      • Weapons are still available for Advisor
      • Change is being made to give Breacher and Advisor more distinct roles, weapons, and equipment
      • To compensate, we are adding 4 new Breacher weapons that better suit Breacher’s weapon selection and role (AS Val and Sterling for Insurgents, Honey Badger and Grease Gun for Security)
      • Gives all specialized classes (Breacher, Advisor, Marksman, Gunner) unique weapons not shared with other classes, which makes unlocking of each class (a new mechanic we’re introducing in 1.7) more meaningful
      • Advisor also sees some changes in line with this adjustment, see below
    • Expanded Advisor class optic selection in Versus
      • Added Insurgent Advisor optics to Security Advisor
      • Added Security Advisor optics to Insurgent Advisor
    • Optic Changes
      • Added 1x OKP-7 sight to SKS and AKS-74U
      • Added 2x Red Dot to SKS and AKS-74U
      • Added 4x C79 to AKS-74U, SKS, and L85A2
    • Weapon Changes
      • Reduced supply cost of AKS-74U from 4 to 3
      • Reduced supply cost of Galil and Galil SAR from 3 to 2
      • Reduced horizontal recoil of Galil and Galil SAR
      • Made Galil Drum weapon upgrade increase horizontal recoil by a factor of 1.4 instead of 2.0
      • Increased horizontal recoil of FAL
    • The ammunition HUD element will now display when a player starts scavenging a magazine so it’s easier to confirm they have successfully picked up more ammunition
    • Added a sound effect for when players scavenge ammunition
    • Players can now cancel equipping an Accessory slot item (Gas Mask or Night-vision Goggles) by hitting the key again before 60% of the animation has completed
    General Improvements
    • Tutorial Level Overhaul
      • Renamed Tutorial Level to “Basic Training”
      • Set Basic Training to end after destroying the weapon cache
      • Added grenade throwing section
      • Removed friendly AI
      • Replaced enemy AI with wooden targets
      • New players will once again be prompted to play Basic Training before joining an official matchmaking playlist
      • Players are now awarded 1000 appearance credits for completing Basic Training
    • Dead Zone Improvements
      • Free-aim “Dead Zone” has been turned off by default
      • This means when a player's weapon is centered, camera look sensitivity will no longer be reduced.
      • Free-aim is still a mechanic in the game, we’ve just turned off the Dead Zone within it
      • Dead Zone can be switched back on and tweaked on a spectrum by the player
    Visual Changes
    • Updated the Alpha AK magazine to use the AKM magazine to be appropriate to its 7.62x39mm chambering
    • Updated the look of all Flash Hider and Compensator weapon upgrades to be black or darker shades
    • Reduced the size of various Flash Hider and Compensator weapon upgrades to more realistic proportions
    • Reduced the size of various Extended Magazine weapon upgrade magazine models to more realistic proportions
    • Centered the Request Observer button within the Comms Menu
    • Removed Arabic text from some textures if they referenced real people or places
    User Experience
    • Added an “Add Upgrade” button under Primary and Secondary weapons in the base Loadout menu to better indicate that already equipped weapons can be upgraded
    • Updated the community server browser to allow sorting of night and day maps
      • This will only allow you to filter the scenario currently being played on each server, not the server’s available maps in its rotation
    • Added refreshing icon to indicate when a search is taking place
    • Updated the team selection UI in Co-op so you don’t see the bot faction or Spectator option
    • Updated the Appearance menu’s save preset function to work consistently with the Loadout menu
    • Updated the list order of classes in the Class menu to reflect the order in which a player will unlock classes, starting with Rifleman as automatically unlocked at the top and going down:
      • Rifleman
      • Breacher
      • Advisor
      • Demolitions
      • Marksman
      • Gunner
      • Observer
      • Commander
    • Increased the visibility and size of weapon upgrade hint icons which display near Supply Crates and in spawn zones
    • Added a bind hint button for commands that use mouse thumb buttons
    • Changed the global fire support cooldown ring from the radial menu to a horizontal bar
    Noteable Fixes
    • Fixed an issue with the community server browser search function not working correctly
    • Fixed an issue where pressing the Escape key to go back while in the Play menu would take you back two screens
    • Fixed an issue when using a shotgun with flechette rounds and scavenging rounds that would prevent the player from reloading even though the animation would play
    Known Issues
    • Tideway Checkpoint Insurgent is unavailable in Matchmaking
    • Occasionally after loading a map, no faction or class selection options will be available, forcing the player to leave and rejoin to see them
    • Some new cosmetics will overlap with a character’s gear and other cosmetics
    • Night versions of loading screens and map vote images are not included in this build
    • Voiceover dialogue in Basic Training will not play until reaching the vaulting objective at the green wall
    • IR Lasers may not look like they’re following a straight line from the gun barrel in third person; but they are still following the point of aim
    • Night map replays will play in daytime
    • Players cannot send reports and open reports will not cancel if you have text written in them
    • White boxes will appear on the UI when planting an explosive on a Supply Cache or resupplying
    • Actions that force a player to equip their primary weapon (scavenging a new primary weapon, throwing a grenade, planting an explosive on the Supply Cache, etc.) will turn on NVGs if they are available

    Hotfix 1
    • Fixed a crash impacting users who had the game set to languages other than English.
    • Fixed an issue where new cosmetics weren't purchasable
    Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
    To celebrate one of our biggest updates, Operation Nightfall - releasing in June, we will be previewing some upcoming content on the Community Test Environment starting tomorrow!
    Go to your Steam Library and download “Insurgency: Sandstorm Community Test Environment” to play.
    The CTE will be open from Thursday, May 28th from 10:00 am MST/6:00 pm CEST until 5:00 pm MST/1:00 am CEST on Monday, June 1st.

    As per usual, we'll be running a Play with the Devs event on the CTE from 11:00 am MST/7:00 pm CEST - 12:00 pm MST/8:00 pm CEST:
    Thursday May 28th (in Co-op Night Map Matchmaking: Night Normal, Night Hardcore, Night Frenzy)
    Friday May 29th (in Tideway Co-op Matchmaking: Tideway Normal, Tideway Hardcore, Tideway Frenzy)
    Monday June 1st (in Tideway Versus Matchmaking)

    Included in tomorrow's CTE will be the following major features:
    New Map: Tideway


    5 New Weapons
    Security Breacher
    Honey Badger


    Grease Gun


    Insurgent Breacher
    AS Val


    Sterling


    All Insurgent Classes: Secondary weapon
    Welrod


    Night Maps
    • Night versions of all maps including the new map Tideway have been created for Checkpoint, Hardcore Checkpoint, and Frenzy Checkpoint modes


    Night Equipment
    • Night-vision Goggles (NVG)

    • Infrared Laser weapon upgrade (IR Laser)
    • Infrared Flashlight weapon upgrades (IR Flashlight)
    • Flashlight weapon upgrades
    • NVG Point Shooting weapon upgrade

    • 4x & 7x Night-vision Scopes

    New Cosmetics
    • New shemagh that covers half the face under “Insurgent Facewear”
    • New hoodie with the hood up under “Insurgent Torso”
    • New digital dark red camo under “Insurgent Equipment”
    • New MICH 2000 helmet with IR strobe, headset, and headphones under “Security Headgear”
    • New desert night camo under “Security Equipment,” “Uniform Camo,” and various other items

    Additionals
    • Tutorial Level Overhaul
    • Optics Changes
    • Weapon Changes
    • Dead Zone Improvements
    • Reduced the size of various Flash Hider and Compensator weapon upgrades
    • Reduced the size of various Extended Magazine weapon upgrade magazine models
    • & More!
    More information and detailed patch notes will be posted tomorrow when the CTE goes live!
    Once the CTE goes live, we will have a survey linked in the Message of the Day, you can also post your feedback in our Steam CTE Sub Forum here. We will NOT be collecting feedback anywhere else but these two places. Please ensure to use the search function in the Sub Forum to see if your feedback/question has already been posted, and stick to ONE topic per thread.
    Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
    We've just released a patch for update 1.6 to address some high profile issues:
    • Smoke visibility issues
    • Smoke disappearing issues
    • Enemy AI spawning and navigating improperly on Precinct
    • Download speed issues with mod.io
    See the full changelist below:
    Bug Fixes
    • Addressed an issue with bot spawning and navigation on Precinct in Checkpoint Security and Checkpoint Insurgents
    • Fixed an issue where smoke particles could be removed from the screen prematurely if there were a large number of other particles being rendered
    Gameplay Improvements
    • Created a screen overlay for players who are in a smoke system to better block their vision more consistently
    Mod Tools
    • Improved in-game download speeds from mod.io
    • Implemented Epic’s suggested changes for PhysX code to address collision issues on Linux servers running custom maps

    We have a feedback thread as well if you notice any issues with the smoke update.
    Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
    We proudly present, in cooperation with Shadow Gaming, the Insurgency: Sandstorm Spring International Open!

    Starting May 24th, teams of five from around the world will compete head-to-head in Competitive Sandstorm. Join us for three weekends of tense action!

    You still have time to sign up, and anyone can join! So register now and start on the path to supremacy!

    Need a team? Join the Shadow Gaming Discord and find your squadron.

    Practice Rounds: Saturday May 23rd
    NA Tournament: NA: Sunday May 24th
    EU Tournament: Sunday May 31st
    NA & EU Finals: Sunday June 7th

    Prizing
    1st Place after the June 7th Finals Americas: $1000 USD
    1st Place after the June 7th Finals ​Europe: $1000 USD
    2nd and 3rd place Americas and Europe: Game bundles, titles TBA
    Twitch chat trivia and participation: Game keys, titles TBA

    Layout and Rules can be read here!

    Want to watch? Be on the Shadow Gaming Twitch Channel on Sunday, May 24th at 4PM EST to catch the action live.

    Want to stay connected? Keep an eye on the Shadow Gaming website for the latest in tournaments, events, and giveaways.

    See you there!
    Insurgency: Sandstorm - fatherHank
    It's time for our live-stream with the devs again!
    Hello Gamers™,
    This is going to be a good one.

    We will start off (at 2:00PM MST) with our usual playing of a community map with you, the community. If you have any ideas for a good custom map we could play, please feel free to post them below!

    After that, at around 3:00pm MST, we will have our first official 1.7 reveal! We will be showing off the new map, and having Jeroen van Werkhoven (Level Design Director) and Michael Tsarouhas (Lead Game Designer) take us through the map to give some commentary, insight behind the making of the map, and THE OFFICIAL NAME OF THE MAP (it's not what you think)!

    We are super excited to start sharing this information with all of you, so please tune in at 2:00PM MST on Wednesday, May 20th at http://www.twitch.tv/NewWorld to see what we've been working on.

    ...and it's only going to get better from here!

    Cheers,
    Aaron
    Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
    Greetings!

    My name is Derek, and I am the Head of Production at New World Interactive. During these trying and uncertain times, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, it is my most sincere hope that all of you reading this are staying happy, healthy, and sane. My deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to everyone who has been negatively impacted by this calamitous event. We’ve got a somewhat light SoP this month, so we’ll be covering less details relating to the game specifically, and more to high-level studio initiatives and objectives this month. Let’s do this!


    Key Points of State of Production #8
    • Operation: Clean Sweep
    • Unreal Engine Update: 4.22 -> 4.23
    • Company Website Overhaul
    • Community Map Contest
    • Insurgency: Clipstorm Winners & Dev Tournament
    • State of Production: Retrospective
    • State of Production 2
    • Update Strategy: Theming, Frequency, Major vs. Minor Approach
    Operation: Clean Sweep
    Revisiting the topic of optimization, we've noticed the frequency of comments and sentiments about needed improvement related to the game's performance. As many of you are aware, we conducted a tremendous amount of optimization efforts towards the end of 2019. The vast majority of these efforts were focused primarily on art assets and level design elements. Some of the changes we made included things like compressing unnecessarily large textures, reducing draw distances, the removal of certain non-performing assets, the reduction of unoptimised particle effects, the reduction in the variance of other such effects (such as muzzle flashes), and a wide berth of other changes. The process took the studio several months, as many members of the team were still off-site, in different timezones, and in a remote capacity. Funnily enough, we’re back to being off-site and in a remote capacity, courtesy of the COVID pandemic!

    What we were not able to achieve in this initial wave of optimization were gains on the code and animation side of things. There are many reasons for this. For starters, the majority of our programmers were not on-site at this time; many were actively immigrating to Calgary, and functioning in a limited capacity. We had numerous development goals that we were working towards and creating, such as mutator mode support, the player reporting system, the leaderboard system, the death cam, mod tool development, and various other adjustments. As a result, we simply didn’t have the bandwidth nor the headcount necessary to do a proper deep-dive into our game’s code.

    Since then, we’ve grown our team pretty substantially. We now have a dedicated animator on the team, we’ve added another backend programmer, we’ve brought on a dedicated AI programmer, and we’ve added another gameplay programmer. We’ve expanded our QA team with 2 additional testers, and converted our rendering programmer into a technical artist whose primary emphasis will be particles and effects. These additions have equipped us with the capability to test more thoroughly, enabling for more robust bug discovery and bug regression. We are now able to more regularly conduct performance profiling and testing of our code and systems, both on PC and (soon) console. As a result of our console port, we have significantly more data and reference points to help us make informed, targeted decisions on systems we need to overhaul and refactor entirely. Lastly, we’ve further expanded our Community team and our Support teams, which has expanded our ability to collect, decipher, and relay findings from our players to the Production team in a more actionable pipeline. You can read more about that process in more detail here.

    After we ship 1.7, which we can happily now say will launch in June, we’ll be spending 6 full weeks focusing on code-level optimizations within our game. During this time, we will still be developing new content for future updates, but our primary goal will be polishing up our game to get it more performant, more fine-tuned, and more in-line with our players expectations. Many people will be wondering “Why didn’t you guys do this earlier?”, and I’ve outlined many of those considerations throughout the previous paragraphs. We’ll be grooming our entire bug backlog, with the goal of squashing as many bugs as possible, while simultaneously overhauling and refactoring especially problematic areas within our codebase. Furthermore, we’ll be expanding our code team even further, as we’re planning to expand our ranks with 2 more gameplay programmers, a tools programmer, and an animation programmer as well. All of this has set the table for us to officially announce Operation: Clean Sweep; our mission: to “focus up, tidy up”. We want to focus our resources into optimizing the game from a whole different angle and get those framerates up for our players.

    I know this has been a long-standing community request, and I’m excited that we are finally positioning ourselves to be able to service these requests. More details will emerge in July’s SoP, as June’s SoP will be focused entirely on the 1.7 update.

    Unreal Engine Update: 4.22 -> 4.23
    I’ve invited our Infrastructure Director to provide some commentary on our recent decision to update our Unreal Engine version, which took our game from UE 4.22 to UE 4.23.

    The Unreal Engine upgrade from 4.22 to 4.23 has been a key part in our push towards a more optimized codebase. Among various updates and bugfixes, one key feature introduced by Epic is “Unreal Insights”, a new timeline-based frame profiling tool. This new profiling tool greatly assists in identifying the key bottlenecks in the gameplay loop compared to tools historically supported in-engine, and the growing number of programmers are able to profile earlier and more often as a result.

    Company Website Overhaul
    One of the things we’ve begun assessing is what we want our company website to look like moving forward. There’s going to be several drastic changes to be mindful of that will be starting this Summer, and finishing some time in the Fall. Some of these new additions will include:
    • A centralized set of community message boards, which will allow us to pool all of our feedback and community conversations into a single, platform-agnostic location.
    • Revitalize the New World website which will give us the opportunity to consolidate all our games through project pages, as well as expand on our careers page to provide more information on the available positions.
    • Redesign our Support Desk so that our games are separated by each title and integrated in a way that players can cross-reference forum posts and pre-existing knowledge base articles.
    • Create a community and initiatives page where we will showcase community-submitted content, promote events and tournaments, and share RSS-feeds relating to company-wide social media streams.
    Community Map Contest
    As we continue to develop and expand upon our mod tools and their accessibility, via https://mod.io/ as well as through supporting documentation, we felt that these tools are finally in a state of readiness to promote its use amongst our community. New World Interactive has conducted similar community map contests in the past, both for Day of Infamy as well as Insurgency 2014, and these have always been well-received by our community. On top of the enrichment of our product and the additional map rotation capabilities, these contests have proven to be great stepping stones to help talented modders gain access into the industry as a whole; 2 of our current level designers within the company were actually hired as a result of participating in our previous modding contests! We will be looking for a handful of maps, curated from a master list of submissions, for which we will award prizes, the right to list the submission as accredited work for a resume/CV, accreditation in the title’s credits, and potentially even the official adoption of these maps into official rotation in matchmaking queues for Insurgency: Sandstorm.

    We’ll be providing more details in future SoPs, but wanted to share this preemptively to make sure that we are spreading awareness related to the contest at least a month in advance!

    Insurgency: Clipstorm Winners & Dev Tournament
    A few weeks back we announced one of our first community contests Insurgency: Clipstorm. We received over 120 awesome clips and montages from the community using our recently updated replays system tools, and today are proud to announce the the winners of our public vote, who will receive some great prizes from our sponsors XPG and Advanced.gg.

    In 3rd Place:
    Mosin Rhapsody by Charuben
    Charuben has won:
    One Insurgency: Sandstorm T-Shirt, and one digital code for Insurgency: Sandstorm on PC

    In 2nd Place:
    THIS IS SANDSTORM - 4K Cinematic Trailer by WintorOperator
    WintorOperator has won:
    A $20.00 USD Credit to http://advanced.gg/, One Insurgency: Sandstorm T-Shirt, and two digital codes for Insurgency: Sandstorm on PC

    And our grand prize winner:
    NCG - Novela Contada Games by Fernando Obama
    Fernando Obama has won:
    One XPG BATTLEGROUND XL Mousepad, One XPG Summoner Keyboard, One XPG H20 Headset, A $40.00 USD credit to http://advanced.gg/, One Insurgency: Sandstorm T-Shirt, and two digital codes for Insurgency: Sandstorm on PC

    Congratulations to all who entered! It was fantastic to view so many unique and creative submissions. The winners have been contacted and need to be in touch by Friday, May 15th at 12:00PM MST.

    This weekend we will also be running a developer 5v5 Firefight tournament with the organisers of some of the Sandstorm leagues streamed over on https://www.twitch.tv/newworld. You can find all the details {LINK REMOVED}

    State of Production Retrospective
    Back when I first arrived at the studio in July of last year, I recognized the need to start including the community with more communication and more transparency. In that time, we’ve grown so much and accomplished so much more than I thought possible. We now have a robust community division within our company, which is regularly involved within our title, our province, and the gaming ecosystem as a whole. We’ve got a fully-functional Support desk, which was built from scratch on the back of a single highly-motivated employee, whose commitment to service and support has since superseded even my own high standards for quality. We’re hosting “Play with the Devs” events, generating livestreams, sponsoring tournaments, and promoting our streaming player base across our social media channels. We have a fully-functioning Production team now, which has helped to ensure consistently higher-quality deliverables which are on-time, as-promised, and within budget. Our external-facing presence is far superior to what it has ever been before, and I cannot overstate my satisfaction with everything we’ve done, and continue to do, better than we did the day before. This isn’t even paying proper homage to the lesser-praised efforts of our Art, Code, and Design teams, who are responsible for the game you see before you.

    The New World Interactive you see today has been one of the most exciting transformations of a company I have ever been a part of in my career. All of this is only possible because we have one of the most dedicated, talented groups of people I have ever had the privilege of working with… and we still have so much more to achieve! I’m absolutely grateful for all the messages of encouragement and support we have received from the community over the past 10 months; it is the greatest reinforcement that we are on the right track, and that our efforts were not in vain. From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to extend my most sincere “Thank you” to everyone who has stood by us.

    I thought it might be fun to share some analytics and metrics relating to the reach of these SoPs over time via Steam alone:
    • 7.75+ million impressions
    • 152,000~ views total
    • 30,000~ per SoP
    ...and it’s important to mention, this is on Steam only! Pretty cool stuff! Thank you again to everyone who reads, shares, and supports these writings!

    State of Production 2.0
    As is common within all growing and prospering organizations, the time has come for me to hand off the responsibility of writing these blogs to our newly-appointed Executive Producer, Tim Perreault. Tim has been instrumental in helping me along the way, as both my right-hand man, as well as my friend. His commitment to proper procedure, individual mentorship of numerous employees within the company, and unyielding attention to detail are exemplary, and a testament to excellence in leadership. I hope the community will provide a warm welcome to Tim Perreault, as moving forward, he will be helping to direct and drive the Production team in a significantly more involved capacity. As such, I’ve also invited Tim to provide a brief introduction about himself, as well as to give him the opportunity to speak to his goals and his vision moving forward.

    Hey everyone, I’m Tim Perreault! I’ve been playing video games since a fateful Christmas morning as a young lad when my brother and I were gifted an NES console and a few games. Twelve years ago, I landed a summer position as a technical writer at a small video game studio here in Calgary. By the end of the summer I was offered a full-time position to stay on as a project manager and designer. Over the following years I worked on several shipped casual games with Michael Grills, NWI’s Creative Director. Between 2012 and late 2019 I worked at a number of tech startups and other software and IT companies accumulating a lot of experience and success in agile software development, agile process deployment, and agile adoption.

    In Fall 2019, Grills reached out to me to talk about the NWI team. Pretty quickly after meeting the team I knew I would be a great fit and would be able to bring my experience to bear to help focus everyone’s energy and effort. I joined NWI in November and have been working hard with the rest of the production team to build and deploy new processes, develop a consistent delivery cadence, and raise the quality of our work. It has been an extremely exciting six months that has seen a lot of improvement. I’m looking forward to continued improvement with every coming update of the game.

    Derek has set a great precedent for transparency and open discussion about the goings-on behind the scenes of the game. The SoPs have also given an opportunity for some of our developers to provide insight and reasoning behind some of the things we do, the challenges we face, how we overcome them. For those of you who look forward to our monthly State of Production posts, I can assure you I’m committed to continuing all these traditions. For now the biggest change you should expect is to start seeing a lot more Canadian spelling, eh!

    When I joined NWI, one of my first objectives was to get our releases on track. I’m happy to say that with our 1.6 update, we released on the day that was originally planned months ahead of time. With 1.7 we are also on track to release in June as originally scheduled. Building off a solid process, future updates will be further refined based on three principles: themed updates, major and minor updates, and consistent release cadence.

    Themed Updates:
    Starting with 1.7 Nightfall and expanding in future updates, our updates will be strongly themed. Nightfall is themed around night combat. Our future updates will continue to build on this idea, starting with a map, defining the gameplay of that map, and then building a strong visual theme carried through all the cosmetics. All aspects of the update will be measured around adherence to either the gameplay mechanics or visual theme we are working towards. Overall, this will result in more exciting and cohesive content.

    Major and Minor Updates:
    Our themed updates will contain a lot of content and that takes time to develop. To keep our updates both agile and responsive to the community, we will release a minor update between each major update. Minor updates will focus on bugs. Our goal is to respond to community feedback on what issues in the game are in most need of attention. This will also give players something to look forward to between major updates.

    Release Cadence:
    With our major and minor update approach, we are looking to have a consistent number of updates spread evenly throughout the year. You can expect to still see our major updates coming out roughly every 13 weeks. The exact release date will add minor variance into the schedule as we will tailor our schedule to align with various sales and events. Minor updates will be scheduled halfway between each major update. We’re currently working on a minor update for 1.6 and as Derek mentioned above, we’ll have a larger than usual minor update for 1.7 as we spend extra dedicated time for the whole team improving performance and cleaning up bugs.

    I believe all these changes will result in much stronger updates that are planned consistently, developed consistently, and released consistently. I’m excited to see the results with you all in 1.7 and beyond!

    That concludes State of Production 8! Thanks for taking your time to catch up with New World.

    - Derek Czerkaski, Head of Production
    Insurgency: Sandstorm - daradef
    The New World devs are teaming up with some of the community's top Competitive players to showcase what Sandstorm Competitive is all about! Come cheer on the teams live on our Twitch channel this Saturday May 16th at 11:00 AM MST / 7:00 PM CEST.

    Stage 1 = Group Stage (2 groups of 4 teams, each team plays 3 matches)
    Stage 2 = Single Elimination Knockout (4 teams).
    • Every team will play a minimum of 3 matches.
    • Matches are Best of 12 (first to 7), 6 round halves.
    • No Overtime in Stage 1 (First 3 matches)
    The top 2 teams in each group will move onto Stage 2 - Single Elimination (Best of 1).

    Maps
    Stage 1 - Group Stage
    Match 1 - Summit East
    Match 2 - Precinct East
    Match 3 - Hideout West

    Stage 2 - Single Elimination
    Maps for Banning: Summit East, Precinct East, Hideout West

    Map Ban for Single Elimination Stage 2
    1. Teams will perform a coin toss.
    2. Winner of coin toss will chose to ban first or second.
    3. Teams each get one ban.
    4. Non banned map is played.
    5. Team that did not win coin toss chooses what side to start on for pistol round.

    Overtime for Single Elimination Stage 2
    1. Teams will play a Best of 4 rounds, First to 3 wins.
    2. Teams will start on the same side they started on at the beginning of the match.
    3. Teams will swap sides after 2 rounds.
    4. First team to win 3 rounds wins overtime.

    Pistol Round
    1. Pistol round used to determine what side teams start on. No grenades (including mollys/inc/flashes) of any kind or primary weapons.
    2. For group stage, use coin toss to determine what side to start on for the pistol round.
    3. For single elimination stage, use map ban procedure to determine who chooses what side to start on for pistol.

    Big shout-out to Link for setting this up! He'll also be shoutcasting the event!

    Fear not, there will be an open-invite event the following weekend run by our friends over at Shadow Gaming, for those of you hoping to get in on the Competitive action! Registration opens Thursday May 14.
    Insurgency: Sandstorm - fatherHank
    The time has come for you to pick an Insurgency: Clipstorm winner.

    Pop over to our poll to see the top videos & vote for your favourite. Please watch all of them before voting; they're honestly all worth the two minutes.

    You have until 11:59PM MST Tuesday night to get your vote in. Winners will be contacted Wednesday, May 13th. If you'd like to check out the prizes again, head to this link..

    The top 14 are also available right here:



























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