A new trailer for Insurgency: Sandstorm, the sequel to the indie hit Insurgency, shows off the game's improved graphics and gameplay mechanics. The Insurgency games are tactical team-based first-person shooters set in the Middle East with several multiplayer and co-op modes.
Developed by New World Interactive, Insurgency was originally based off a community-made mod of Valve's Source engine. After spending a few years in early access, the game was officially released for the PC in January 2014. The indie game became a huge hit on Steam and has already sold an impressive five million units. Insurgency currently holds a "Very Positive" rating on Steam, with 90 percent of its reviews being positive. A World War II mod of the game, Day of Infamy, was released last year as a standalone title. In 2016, New World Interactive officially announced Insurgency: Sandstorm, which will finally bring the series to consoles.
At E3, New World Interactive and Focus Home Interactive unveiled a new gameplay trailer for Insurgency: Sandstorm. Based on the trailer, Sandstorm keeps the gameplay mechanics from Insurgency while providing a massive upgrade to the game's graphics. Like its predecessor, Sandstorm does away with the crosshair mechanic that's become common with other FPS games. The game also allows players to lean out from cover, an option that's available PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Rainbow Six: Siege. New features include the ability to call airstrikes, drones, and use vehicles with mounted weapons.
The trailer features a female soldier, which is a first in the Insurgency series. Another important addition is character customization. It's now possible to choose your uniform, clothing, voice set, and accessories. In Insurgency, players are only able to briefly select their guns and gear before being deployed into action.
Insurgency: Sandstorm appears to be an effort to expand on what made Insurgency so popular. Unlike so many other shooters where players and enemies can survive multiple gunshots, the Insurgency games have an unforgiving, realistic play-style. The lack of a crosshair or an ammo count makes the combat even more intense and challenging. Teamwork and strategy are key in a game where the enemy AI are intelligent, and just as difficult to kill as the player.
Those who pre-order the game will receive a 10 percent discount. Owners of the first game will receive an additional 10 percent discount.
Insurgency: Sandstorm launches in September for the PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Focus Home Interactive