New Beta update – November 8th
October 27, 2018
Hi everyone my name is Jon Higgins, and I am the Marketing and Communications Director here at New World Interactive.
In an earlier blog post, we went over some of the new features that our team have been working on since the last major update, including upgrading to Unreal Engine 4.20, working on our new map ‘Precinct’, further optimisation, improving the quality of character models, polishing animations, refining gameplay, fixing experience-breaking bugs, adding overall polish and working on community features such as third party dedicated server support.
This is a very large update and should bring around many improvements to the game. However, due to the enormity of changes the update is taking a little longer than we hoped. We are in final testing, but with engine upgrade we want to put in some extra quality assurance and polish. While we had aimed for the end of October, the new release date will now be Thursday, November 8th.
While we appreciate many of you are waiting patiently for the next update, we assure you the additional development time will be worth it, and after we complete this engine update, we will be releasing more frequent patches and updates in the run-up to release.
Below is an updated list of what you can expect in the November 8th update and a preview of some of the items.
- Migration to Unreal Engine 4.20
- A series of new optimizations to push frame rates higher and reduce micro-stuttering.
- A new large-scale urban map ‘Precinct’
- Alpha AK assault rifle weapon for the Insurgent Advisor class (and Security Advisor in Coop)
- Community dedicated servers and server browser.
- Improvements to the low-quality scope option.
- New functionality for the Explosive Drone, which can now enter buildings through windows to be utilized as a unique interior-clearing fire support option for the Insurgents.
- A new tattoo cosmetic option, with more varieties to come.
- Additional Anti-Aliasing and graphics options.
- Improved character models and animations, including caching of cosmetic items to increase performance, higher quality textures, and proportion adjustments. We will be making further improvements to characters after this update as well.
- Numerous gameplay tweaks to movement speed, weapon mechanics, armour, fire support, map layouts, and hundreds of bug fixes and improvements.
Precinct – A new map for pre-purchasers which will feel very nostalgic for Insurgency fans. This map encompasses two classic Insurgency maps, District and Contact, in a single, massive urban environment – offering unique gameplay not experienced before in the Beta.
The Alpha AK, a brand new weapon for the Insurgent Advisor class (and Security Advisor in Coop).
We are also able to add more clarity on how we plan to reward players who pre-ordered the game and have helped provide crucial feedback during this extended beta testing period.
Although player profiles will be reset before launch, as previously announced, we decided that Beta testers will be rewarded with an exclusive tattoo cosmetic along with additional cosmetic appearance credits at launch. We can now clarify that the additional Day 1 credit boost for beta testers will be equivalent to 50% of the appearance credits you earned during the beta, rather than a flat amount. Essentially, the more you play the beta, the larger your carry over into release will be.
As always, your feedback and support are invaluable to our team. We’d like to thank each and every one of you who have joined the incredible number of players participating in this pre-order period and we look forward to seeing you in the servers during the next update on November 8th!
New World Interactive
Insurgency: Sandstorm releases December 12th 2018 on Windows PC and aims to release on PS4 and Xbox One in 2019. Order now to get instant access to the pre-order exclusive PC Beta from now until launch.