The promised Build 249 is now available for fans of the shooter strategy game “Natural Selection 2”. Officially announced on unknownworlds.com June 12, the build boasts big improvements in performance and a much smoother game play experience.
The changes are not all performance though. There are many gameplay and map changes that will surely be debated amongst the “Natural Selection 2” community. One of the biggest map changes is likely to be that the tech point in cafe has been removed leaving only four tech points on the map. It seems that this leaves a lot of unutilized map space between Terminal and Locker but only time will tell if this change will be embraced.
Unknownworlds did post a video along with the build that explains some of the changes, and what players might expect.
LuaJIT now used by the Client and Server for increased performance (Thanks fsfod!)
Grenades are now predicted and updated in the shooters world
Improved the look of the vote menu (Thanks Agiel!)
Increased grenade launcher reserve ammo to 28 (up from 16)
Disabled Whip Grenade whack
Fixed a nil/number being leaked onto the Lua stack every time the server error count is fetched causing the Lua stack to overflow eventually crashing the server (Thanks fsfod!)
Fixed incorrect time being displayed on the server details window
Filtering by map name and server name is no longer case sensitive
Fixed edge case where voting to concede could cause a script error while transitioning to the ready room
Fixed script error caused by spectating around a Hallucinated structure
Fixed bug causing chat input text to be misaligned after changing resolution without restarting the game
Fixed crash on some computers when starting the game
Fixed script error caused by killing an entity with the Flamethrower in a single attack before it was set on fire
Fixed bug causing the password prompt to sometimes not appear before joining passworded servers that you had previously joined
Fixed bug in ReplaceLocals() where only one local was replaced
Moved the loading of “PreLoadMod.lua” and “PostLoadMod.lua” out of Client.lua, Server.lua, and Predict.lua. Mods should be loading these files.
Fixed bug in AddClientUIScriptForClass() when the passed in class name wasn’t already used
Moved Generator further North
Fliped Generator 180 degrees
Moved Stability further north
Moved stability rt and power node
New section that connects stability to courtyard “junction”
New section that connects maintenance to generator “pressure control”
Deleted north point
New section that connects departures to stability and junction “strand”
New section that connects courtyard to maintenance “maintenance access”
Removed locker rooms as marine spawn, once again alien only
Fixed occlusion bug in bar
Power in backalley now works as intended
Deleted Cafe tech point, marines now only spawn in terminal
Cleaned up commander view around Elevator Transfer, and South Tunnel->Observation corridor (makes overview clearer).
Removed some obstructive faces from commander view in Observation and Ore Processing.
Fixed stuck point in Observation vent, and power issue in Warehouse (thanks to Mendasp)
“Natural Selection2” is available on Steam for $24.99 and the Digital Deluxe edition, which includes an official soundtrack, digital art book, Wallpapers, avatars and an exclusive in-game marine model is available for $39.99. If you have not checked this game out yet consider picking it up or waiting another month and jumping in after it almost surely goes on sale during the Steam Summer Sale.