Unfortunately, Insurgency Sandstorm won’t get a single-player or co-op campaigns anymore.
For those who don’t remember the title, it is a shooter title developed by New World Interactive who were very ambitious with their reveal back at last year’s Focus Home Interactive showcase. Insurgency Sandstorm acts as a sequel to Insurgency, and was expected to feature a single-player and co-op campaigns, alongside the multiplayer element of the title. However, a couple of days ago the studio published a new post on the official forums where they revealed creative director Andrew Spearin’s departure and the cancellation of the story campaigns.
As a team we have decided to make some shifts in the direction of Insurgency: Sandstorm. To start, the single player and cooperative story has been canceled for release, and will be considered again at a later date. This is due to its high production requirements and our commitment to deliver to our fans in 2018. The story was a very exciting and new opportunity for us as a team, but we felt we had to make a choice. At this moment it’s more important to us that we deliver a full multiplayer and coop experience that improves on Insurgency; one that is true to our style and what we feel we do best. We know to some of you this decision may be unexpected, and we’re sad to share this news, but this was a shift our team felt we needed to make.
The post continued to discuss the game’s Closed Alpha test coming to PC. No date was given, but make sure to sign up by filling the following form.
The Closed Alpha for Windows PC is coming soon and signups are now available. We can’t say exactly when it’s coming, but we really do mean soon, so fill out the form and keep your eyes peeled. We said our goal was to have it by the end of 2017, but we felt we’d do well with a little extra time to make sure everything is ready. We have already, however, been doing limited Pre-Alpha testing with some members of our community to good effect.
The Closed Alpha will be a stage of development where we select a higher volume of players who can get their hands on the game and help us further with playtesting and feedback. You can sign up now at the link above to be considered for participating. Be aware we’ll only be taking in a select amount of people, likely in multiple waves. But don’t fret if you aren’t accepted.
We plan on eventually doing a beta, and will announce more details on that when the time comes. We view the Insurgency Sandstorm Closed Alpha as we viewed our Early Access stages of Insurgency and Day of Infamy: the game is definitely not finished, but it’s in a state where we’re ready for feedback from players. There will be a heavy and steady amount of iteration based on this feedback and our own plans as we work to improve the game for release in 2018.
Insurgency Sandstorm releases in 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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