Worlds announces the release of the Reinforced expansion for Natural
Selection 2, offering new free content for their action/strategy sequel. The
release is free, but you know what they say about free lunches, and they have
launched a Reinforcement
Program which seeks funding to continue to produce such content. To see if
you think it's worth it, a free weekend for the game us currently underway
on Steam, and the game is
on sale for 75% off. This
launch trailer shows off the new add-on, and here's word:
Marines. Cluster Grenades. Biodome. Bone shield. Webs. Dual Railguns. Linux
Support. Single Player Interactive Tutorial, Commander Tutorial,
Special/Deluxe/Standard first person view models – Those are just some of the
pieces of content released today. Look further back, and the updates have flowed
. Released incrementally to everyone that owned NS2 before the release of
Reinforced, twenty-four individual updates have
dramatically increased performance, improved map layouts,
completely revamped NS2 balance mechanics, and more. Together, these twenty
four updates make Reinforced a monstor that everyone at
Unknown Worlds is immensely proud of.
We are also immensely proud that Reinforced is free. Six months of game
development is not cheap, and we have often discussed how we might continue to
pay for keeping the studio focused on Natural Selection 2 full time. Various
options were discussed – Including making Reinforced a separate Steam DLC, or
introducing in-game micro-tran$actions. But these monetisation methods do not
fit with our culture. Knowing we must pay the bills to keep the lights on, we
decided to introduce the Reinforcement Program:
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Gonna be a real pretty sight once people who didn't buy it yet start playing this.. So I tried the free weekend thingy.. was a """"great"""" experience. Can't even put enough "'s there.
I must be misunderstanding the point of free weekends.... also if that is "dramatically improved performance" then either they introduced a major rendering bug in the last patch or they speak a different language. The performance was abysmal and especially for someone who never played NS2 a real kicker, the tutorial didn't work....