Insurgency: Sandstorm beta to receive major Update

A beta that just gets better.

Insurgency: Sandstorm, the intense FPS sequel to indie smash-hit Insurgency, has been keeping plenty of people entertained in its pre-order beta. Taking account of all the feedback they have received Focus Home Interactive, together with New World Interactive, have announced that a major update will be released on November 8. Bringing with it some much requested changes, the update will also help developers prepare for the delayed launch date of December 12.

The update includes a brand new map, Precinct, a new Insurgent weapon, as well as various new options, tweaks, and fixes. As shown in the above teaser trailer, Precinct is a large scale urban map set in a city within the fictional, contemporary conflict of Insurgency: Sandstorm. Tight corners, broken barricades, destroyed streets of burnt-out cars and makeshift roadblocks epitomise this map, bringing the frenetic action and tactical squad-based play of Insurgency to a brand new, urban locale.

Other improvements include graphical options, anti-aliasing, animation and character models, plus related optimisation improvements to help the game run better on more systems, along with additional cosmetics, and a new Alpha AK weapon. These, plus additional server browser improvements, will continue to see changes in the run up to release.

Finally, gameplay changes will target everything from hundreds of improvements and bug fixes to the specifics of movement speeds, weapon statistics, map layouts, an Unreal Engine update to version 4.20, and more. A full changelist will be available upon release.

Insurgency: Sandstorm releases on December 12 for PC on Steam. Pre-orders are available now and give instant access to the ongoing beta testing phase. Insurgency: Sandstorm will come to consoles in 2019.