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Insurgency: Sandstorm

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: New World Interactive
Release Date: Dec. 12, 2018

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'Insurgency: Sandstorm' (ALL) Developer Opens New Studio

by Rainier on Feb. 6, 2019 @ 2:32 p.m. PST

Insurgency: Sandstorm deploys you into a gritty, visceral combat experience that delivers first-person gunplay as immersive as it gets.

Gear up with an arsenal of diverse firearms before heading into intense team-based action throughout the Middle East. A groundbreaking narrative for the shooter genre, the story of Insurgency: Sandstorm focuses on a female protagonist who is a Yazidi Kurd. Thematically, the game is inspired by real events and people, however this is a fictional story and characters.

Insurgency: Sandstorm brings extended gameplay possibilities, improved immersion, and new 4-playe co-op and versus objective-based game modes. All while retaining the lethal tactical action that made Insurgency the worldwide phenomenon it is today.

Fight across a modern battlefield utilizing gameplay mechanics that blur the lines between reality and shooter - split second decisions will mean life or death for you and your team. Each weapon has unique ballistic calculations that take into account things like bullet drop and penetration power. Choose to drop magazines for faster reloads in dangerous situations, carefully open doors to keep quiet, or bash doors down with a shoulder charge, and much more.

Participate in large-scale battles in up to 16-versus-16 skirmishes with artillery barrages, helicopter gunships, repurposed commercial drones, air strikes, and drivable land transport vehicles. Battle across expansive maps with interiors to breach and high-value objectives to control with your team. Each map’s size and play areas are adjusted specifically for each game mode and can also be played in co-op against bots.

Like its predecessor, Insurgency: Sandstorm rewards teamwork and objective play over personal success. Players will also finally see long awaited features such as character customization, ranked matchmaking, and many more.

New World Interactive announced it will open another development studio ‘New World North’ in Calgary, Canada.

The move comes in anticipation of sustained company growth after the successful PC launch of Insurgency: Sandstorm and upcoming console version slated for 2019.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for New World and marks a major milestone for us as a company as we look to expand upon the success of Insurgency: Sandstorm, by increasing our skillset, production values and continued innovation within the tactical shooter genre” - Keith Warner, President

The new studio New World North will provide ongoing, post-release support for Insurgency: Sandstorm as well as provide crucial development support for an unannounced future title.

“We are committed to constantly improving ourselves and pushing the boundaries with the experiences we create. With our roots coming from a hobbyist background, it’s been an ongoing challenge for us to centralize our team. Given the company’s newfound success with Insurgency: Sandstorm we have a tremendous opportunity to open a studio and bring together the majority of our team. After careful consideration into where this location should be, we have decided on Calgary, and look forward to growing our team in our new home.”
- Jeremy Blum, CEO

“As Calgary establishes a growing presence in the full spectrum of creative industries to have an industry leader like New World Interactive establish its Canadian headquarters here adds a global player to the growing ecosystem we have in place. We are thrilled to welcome them to Calgary, ” - Mary Moran, President & CEO of Calgary Economic Development.

The new studio is targeting  May 15, 2019 and looking to hire in all disciplines, applicants are encouraged to submit their resumes.

Key Features:

  • Insurgency: Sandstorm brings extended gameplay possibilities, improved immersion, and new co-op and versus objective-based game modes. All while retaining the lethal tactical action that made Insurgency the worldwide phenomenon it is today.
  • Fight across a modern battlefield utilizing gameplay mechanics that blur the lines between reality and shooter - split second decisions will mean life or death for you and your team. Each weapon has unique ballistic calculations that take into account things like bullet drop and penetration power. Choose to drop magazines for faster reloads in dangerous situations, carefully open doors to keep quiet, or bash doors down with a shoulder charge, and much more.
  • Participate in large-scale battles in up to 16-versus-16 skirmishes with artillery barrages, helicopter gunships, repurposed commercial drones, air strikes, and drivable land transport vehicles. Battle across expansive maps with interiors to breach and high-value objectives to control with your team. Each map’s size and play areas are adjusted specifically for each game mode and can also be played in co-op against bots.
  • Like its predecessor, Insurgency: Sandstorm rewards teamwork and objective play over personal success. Players will also finally see long awaited features such as character customization, ranked matchmaking, and many more.
  • Light vehicles for transportation and fire support, with new game modes designed for vehicle gameplay.
  • Competitive matchmaking, anti-cheat, and rankings system.

Insurgency: Sandstorm is currently available on PC (Steam), while PS4 and Xbox owners will have to wait until later in 2019.


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