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Natural Selection 2 Build 251: Now with Queued Orders

That community driven game, that looks better than Triple A titles, otherwise known as Natural Selection 2 (NS2), released its latest build. Build 251 boasts a magnitude of overall game improvements and fixes. The most significant changes however are two brand new features called the ‘Cystem’ and ‘Queued Orders’. The Cystem is an auto cyst placement system that will chain link cysts to a destination for you. Queued Orders will allow commanders to give several orders at once to be carried out in succession.


Cystem: Four cysts to a res node in one click


Queued Orders: The above example is quite simple, and involves just movement waypoints. The system is obviously much more useful when queuing movements with structure construction, attack, and other objectives.

Features Added

  • Queued orders (hold shift to queue orders on Drifters, MACs, etc)
  • Added ‘Cystem’ for placing multiple cysts at once


  • Reduced Flamethrower damage by 18% Reduced Minigun damage by 20%
  • Reduced Grenade Launcher splash radius by 20%
  • Reduced Cyst auto build time by 2 seconds
  • Cysts can no longer be built by Drifters and and only 1 per Hive will auto construct (Gorges can still use heal spray on them)
  • Reduced Babbler hitbox size to make it fit the actual model size better


  • Explosions now trigger a slight camera shake
  • Added shell ejection effects to the Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun Pickups are now prioritized by item cost
  • Added a link to a player’s Steam profile page on the player list page in the server web admin 
  • Spectators now have access to the request menu
  • Cysts can now be placed everywhere and all Cysts in between will be created automatically when the nearest parent is too far away
  • Added power indicator for Marine Commander when dropping structures
  • Added subtle view model rotation for wall walking Skulks
  • Added hidden mode for dedicated server, use the “-hidden” switch while starting the server process to use this feature
  • Added minimum life time for Grenades before they are allowed to detonate


Shell-ejection is back!


  • Fixed invisible elements in Commander UI blocking mouse clicks
  • Fixed bug causing some non-NS2 servers to be listed on the NS2 tab in the server browser
  • Fixed a script error caused by using Alt+Enter to switch full screen mode while in the main menu
  • Fixed bug preventing the team resource graph UI from updating properly in spectator mode
  • Fixed bug causing move forward to not work if it was bound to a mouse button while in free camera spectator mode
  • Fixed camera tilt for wall walking skulks
  • Fixed bug where cycling through abilities didn’t work properly for Lerks
  • Fixed bug where recycling got cancelled on power loss
  • Fixed Marine Commander being able to drop Infantry Portals or Phase Gates in a way that players could get stuck
  • Fixed Echo Harvesters sometimes not working when being blocked by a Cyst
  • Fixed bug where Blinking downwards gives you high amounts of extra speed Skulk ragdoll no longer appears after using Xenocide
  • Fixed bug causing the main menu alert message box to appear below the main menu news box
  • Fixed bug allowing Commander to place certain items outside the map (ammo pack, health pack, weapons, etc) Fixed Parasite model outline sometimes not working
  • Fixed bug preventing the help widgets from appearing until the player encounters a Gorge tunnel
  • Fixed Onos camera animations
  • Fixed Exos not being affected by Parasite
  • Fixed Echoed Eggs not being usable
  • Fixed wall jumping sometimes giving more speed than intended

Source: Natural Selection 2  

You can download NS2 through Steam for $24.99

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