The official release date has been known for a while now and it has confirmed the initial speculation that the game will come out on the Natural Selection 1 (mod) 10 years anniversary which is October 31st. But unlike the original mod (NS1) which required Half-Life to run, NS2 is a multiplayer standalone game based on a game engine called Spark developed by Unknown Worlds Entertainment.
What is NS2?
Natural Selection 2 is a team based game with quite unique features for this day and age. It's a combination of FPS and RTS gameplay with two sides and some very unique characters to choose from.
Each side has its own commander who sees the game from the top position and can order units (players) around, build structures, research upgrades or help his team by dropping ammo and health pack (Frontiersmen side).
Commander can also join the fight or help build structures faster if so needed.
Both sides gather resources in their own way which they can then use to buy better weapons (Frontiersmen) or evolve to stronger units (Kharaa).
The goal of the game is of course the complete annihilation of the other side.
Also known as Marines rely on the technology and their fire power in hopes to defeat the other side. They have a huge arsenal at their disposal including Exosuit, a mech type exo skelleton with double mini cannons.
Better known as Aliens place their bet on evolution. Each class you evolve to and upgrade has it's own way of attacking the strongest of them all being Onos a huge four-legged creature that can destroy anything in its path.
The game offers a full development kit which makes the game highly customizable in terms of creating mods and maps, some of which have already been created during the development stage by the community itself.
The most notable feature created by the community has to be the creation of one of the most advanced spectating tools ever seen in a game.
You can pre-order the game here and receive the digital deluxe edition which includes:
Digital Art Book
Exclusive Wallpapers and Avatars
Exclusive in-game marine model
So the question now is, when natural selection kicks in, who shall prevail?
I had that game installed but i don't remember what i didn't like about it (stats says 1min of play) so it either didn't work on my old computer or it required some additional registering/work in order to play.
I'll check it out again and see what it was about.