New World Interactive has just announced Insurgency: Sandstorm, a sequel that includes a new engine, a single-player campaign, and a publisher.
Jeremy Blum, the Founder and Game Director of New World Interactive, released a statement regarding their new publisher, Focus Interactive, saying that they decided to work with them because they ‘understand’ and that they “believe[d] in our vision.”
New World Interactive stresses in the press release that their reason for going with a publisher was so that they could handle the decisions behind “console distribution and broader marketing reach,” and that they retained ‘full ownership’ over the brand and development of the Insurgency series. Essentially, the Sandstorm is being developed with the expressed desire to retain what "makes Insurgency unique and exciting, [while] bringing this experience to a new audience."
With this new audience comes a single-player mode, which as they face an 'increasingly' challenging campaign which takes place from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to present day.
Additionally, Insurgency: Sandstorm is supposedly a “major visual and technological upgrade” over the previous Source Engine titles, as the game is being developed on Unreal Engine 4.
With the move to consoles also comes a move into the world of eSports, with New World Interactive expressing their excitement over the 'potential' that the Insurgency series offers. Andrew Spearin, the Creative Director for Insurgency, states that New World Interactive is 'taking the time' to build competitive systems, which will be tested on the current version of Insurgency while Sandstorm is being developed. At the moment, there is no release date planned for the 'competitive' beta rollout.
For those interested, New World Interactive is answering questions this Saturday (February 27) at 3pm EST on their official Twitch.tv channel.
Insurgency: Sandstorm will be available for PS4, Xbox One, Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2017.
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