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Today we're releasing the Spark level editor to everyone who pre-ordered Natural Selection 2. This is a tool we've designed and built from the ground up, melding some of the tried-and-true concepts from level building tools, with some new features we're really excited about.

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Today we're releasing the Spark level editor to everyone who pre-ordered Natural Selection 2. This is a tool we've designed and built from the ground up, melding some of the tried-and-true concepts from level building tools, with some new features we're really excited about.

This is a pre-alpha release of the editor, which means we still have lots of features to add and bugs to fix. Releasing something that is in this stage of development is pretty daunting – especially when we know it will be compared to more mature tools that have had many man-years of development – but we expect that most of you would rather get an early build than wait for something perfect. So much for "when it's done!"

The editor has a built-in updater which checks for patches when you start it up. Doing a pre-alpha with this many people is a new experience for us, but our hope is to release new patches a few times a month, all the way up until we ship Natural Selection 2. In addition to bug fixes and features in the editor, patches will also include new artwork, other tools we've developed, and ultimately the alpha and betas for Natural Selection 2.

For the installer, some editor screenshots and some simple video tutorials, go here.

You'll need your NS2 pre-order game key to use the editor. If you haven't pre-ordered it and would like to, you can still do so here.

We also want to say thank you to everyone who pre-ordered. When we released the first screenshots a month ago, Charlie did an interview with Gamasutra explaining how the pre-orders have helped us. To summarize, they've made a huge difference for our company and you really do have our eternal gratitude.

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LoudCore
LoudCore - - 146 comments

Wow! Incredible engine. Editor looks nice as well!

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weroper.GX
weroper.GX - - 50 comments

awesome²

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] - - 1,412 comments

Epic :D. It looks like Hammer editor style. Engine is incredible. Awesome work guys.

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MrTambourineMan
MrTambourineMan - - 717 comments

Great move guys, and a smart one may I add!

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DemonProwler
DemonProwler - - 55 comments

It looks fantastic! Reminds me of sketchup the way you create the level.

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cW#Ravenblood - - 6,703 comments

(amazing³)x(awesome³)= Natural Selection 2

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ausbushman
ausbushman - - 343 comments

That level looks freakin' hot!

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lethal_vortex
lethal_vortex - - 271 comments

the map looks awesome:D

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Muffinssi
Muffinssi - - 53 comments

Awesome level editor, what i have so far tested it! Easy to use and able to make remarkable good looking levels in no time.

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Silverfisk
Silverfisk - - 1,080 comments

Now I have to buy NS2.

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Squiggers
Squiggers - - 713 comments

Congrats guys. Wish I could afford the special addition at the moment, as this looks mighty tasty. =/

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Miroku08
Miroku08 - - 90 comments

This [the history of Unknown Worlds] is the greatest underdog story ever.

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Xular
Xular - - 31 comments

go to window > layers or just press f7... :p - its very basic but works for now :)

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lordegern
lordegern - - 100 comments

It's extremely easy to use. Much easier than Hammer but with a couple of bugs which i assume is getting fixed. I would say 6-8/10 so far because of the simpleness.

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