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'Insurgency: Sandstorm' Includes Console Support, Story Mode, Esports Capabilities

For the past two years, PC gamers could play New World Interactive's Insurgency, a multiplayer, first-person shooter title. The game was built with Valve's Source engine, but the team at New World Interactive believed that an upgrade was needed for the game. Along with a new publisher, Focus Home Interactive, the developers are now working on an upgraded version of the original game called Insurgency: Sandstorm for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Instead of utilizing the Source engine for the new game, the developers will use Unreal Engine 4, which provides a visual upgrade for the game as well as technological advances for development. In addition to multiplayer, Sandstorm will also include some new features, such as split-screen mode for consoles and a single-player story mode. The story starts with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and ends in the present day.

One notable addition to the upgraded game is the so-called "esports framework." The developers believe that its competitive multiplayer component has the potential to lure more professional players and make Insurgency: Sandstorm a popular title in the esports community. As this new competitive component is developed, New World Interactive will release it in a beta phase for the original Insurgency title. This gives the community a sneak peek at the new feature, and also helps the developers spot issues and listen to feedback from fans.

Even though the game will make its way to consoles, New World Interactive doesn't want to alienate its PC fanbase. When the new game comes out, the developers will provide a "seamless transition" to Insurgency: Sandstorm.

A release date wasn't provided for the new game (or the multiplayer beta), but the developers will talk more about the game and take questions on their weekly livestream on Twitch.

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  • kenjitamura
    Insurgency: Sandstorm for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
    Big round of applause for a tech journalist that uses the term "PC" for more than just Windows! The game will support Windows, Linux/SteamOS, OSX, Xbox One, and Playstation 4.

    I absolutely adore Insurgency and have 100+ hours logged into it but have only owned it since like November. I am going to insta-buy this sequel.
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  • firefoxx04
    It's a great game at a great price. Disappointed they are not keeping it on the source engine. As it sits now, it requires minimal horsepower to run decently. Mid range machines easily run over 100fps and the graphics are pretty good.

    It can be fast paced or tactical and is pretty balanced. A good alternative to cod and battlefield without getting as hardcore and buggy as Arma.
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  • quilciri
    Hasn't Source 2 been available to developers for almost a year now?
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  • lun471k
    That's great news for the game.
    The last screenshot in the article reminds me of an HD image of Battlefield 2.
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  • firefoxx04
    17556992 said:
    Hasn't Source 2 been available to developers for almost a year now?

    That is mainly why I am disappointed. You would think they would just upgrade to the new source engine.
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  • kenjitamura
    17556992 said:
    Hasn't Source 2 been available to developers for almost a year now?

    That is mainly why I am disappointed. You would think they would just upgrade to the new source engine.

    Actually the Source 2 engine still isn't available for anyone other than Valve. It hasn't been released yet but Valve went ahead and ported Dota 2 to it. No one's really sure when it will come because, well, it's Valve.
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  • Jonathan_50
    this sounds amazing wtg , cant wait to try it
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  • Jeff the Diseased Lung
    I really hope this becomes a popular e-sports game. It's got so much depth, but not enough people play it. Maybe sandstorm can change this
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