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A Natural Selection 2 Free Weekend will take place between Thursday, 21 March and Sunday, 24 March. During this free weekend, which is PAX week, NS2 will be 50% off!

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This weekend, we expect over 15,000 people to concurrently play NS2, and some of them might like it so much they choose to buy the game. Whether or not they do, and whether our community grows even bigger after this weekend, will come down to two factors.

The first is how good the game is. We’ve worked non-stop since launch four months ago to improve NS2. The Gorgeous Update added new content, and consistent maintenance patches (15 of them!) have improved performance, stability, balance and eliminated bugs. The most recent build, 242, has produced some noticeable performance improvements many users. NS2 is ready for a free weekend, and we’re proud of how good it will be when people arrive.

The second is how welcome we as a community make people feel. NS2 is a complex game with a steeper learning curve than many bigger titles, such as Call of Duty. During the free weekend, we can all improve newcomer’s experiences by teaching new commanders, helping out newbies, and regularly jumping in the command chair ourselves!

Now… About PAX. Each day during the PAX NS2 Free Weekend, the intrepid show team will bring you daily updates on the Unknown Worlds YouTube channel! Today, the team travels to Boston…

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SgtBarlow - - 45 comments

The free weekend will start later tonight for GMT ready for Friday.

You will be able to play VIA steam so keep an eye out!


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TheUnabridgedGamer - - 1,671 comments

Finally, a chance to try before buying.

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Spooboy - - 2,028 comments

Really cool, I just got back from the army and I'm excited to play NS2 again. Installing right now.

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Hell_Diguner - - 3,645 comments

Definitely going to take advantage of the free weekend. I've been lurking on ModDB, watching NS2 grow for a long time. Hopefully I won't suck too much ;)

See you all on the battlefield.

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Hell_Diguner - - 3,645 comments

Okay, why would you have a "free weekend" and stop the promotion at 1pm PST on Sunday?

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fragfest2012 - - 888 comments

Played two games and instantly bought it. Thanks UWE! I wanted this game before but wasn't quite sure, and this put me over the edge! Glad to support awesome devs.

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