New Map Teased for Insurgency: Sandstorm, Massive Beta Patch Coming Soon

Insurgency: Sandstorm is just around the corner, and New World Interactive and Focus Home Interactive are preparing to launch a massive patch ahead of it’s December 12th release date.

Gamers who preordered the game via Steam have already been playing in the closed beta for a while now, and on November 8th the beta will get a major patch based on player feedback.

This patch will, among other things, migrate the game to Unreal Engine 4.20, improve performance, retool the movement system, improve character models and animations, implement dedicated servers and a server browser, introduce the Alpha AK assault rifle to the Insurgent faction, and introduce the Precinct map.

You can find a teaser trailer for the new map above, and find the full patch notes here.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

Insurgency: Sandstorm is a team-based, tactical FPS based on lethal close quarters combat and objective-oriented multiplayer gameplay. Sequel to the indie breakout FPS Insurgency, Sandstorm is reborn, improved, expanded, and bigger in every way. Experience the intensity of modern combat where skill is rewarded, and teamwork wins the fight. Prepare for a hardcore depiction of combat with deadly ballistics, light attack vehicles, destructive artillery, and HDR audio putting the fear back into the genre.

An intense atmosphere putting the terror into modern combat
Move with speed and caution as you push through the war-torn environments of a fictional contemporary conflict in the Middle East. Death comes fast, ammunition must be carefully managed, and the environment must be tactically navigated at every step toward victory.

Insurgency: refined and expanded
For the first time in an Insurgency game, customize your character to show your veterancy with diverse sets of clothing, uniforms, accessories, and character voices. Coordinate fire support with your team, engage enemies with vehicle mounted machine guns, and go head to head in small scale high speed competitive matches. Wield new weapons and new upgrades to outmaneuver, outflank, and outsmart the enemy.

War at its realest
Continuing Insurgency’s acclaim as the most atmospheric shooter, Sandstorm is built on Unreal 4 to bring its gritty close-quarters combat into a whole new era of realism. Skill is rewarded, and survival is paramount. Feel every bullet, and fear every impact.

Key Features

  • Sequel to the indie breakout FPS Insurgency, now with 5 million units sold. Sandstorm is reborn, improved, expanded, and bigger in every way.
  • Character and weapon customisation to show your battle-hardiness.
  • Unprecedented audio design with positional voice-chat for realistic teamwork, and heart pounding ambient audio to bring you into the battlefield.
  • Peek around corners, tactically breach doorways, use smoke to cover your team’s advance, and call in air support.
  • Battle across expansive maps in up to 16-versus-16 player game modes, or 8 player co-operative against AI, now with machine gun mounted drivable vehicles.
  • Competitive multiplayer features including matchmaking, broadcasting UI, and replays.

Insurgency: Sandstorm will be available on Windows PC, Mac, Linux (all via Steam and the Humble Store), PS4, and Xbox One for $29.99. Insurgency owners can preorder now for a 20% discount.

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Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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