Insurgency: Sandstorm heads into open beta this weekend

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Insurgency: Sandstorm is poised to enter an open beta programme this weekend in the run-up to its full release.

Anyone will be able to sample the modern-combat PC first-person shooter – sequel to 2014’s Insurgency – for free this weekend. According to publisher Focus Home Interactive: “Starting on Friday, December 7 and running through the weekend, an open beta period will invite everyone to try the game for free on Steam.”

As the Gameplay Overview trailer above (narrated by developer New World Interactive’s lead game designer Michael Tsarouhas) shows, Insurgency: Sandstorm has pretty spectacular visuals. Focus Home Interactive describes the game thus: “Insurgency: Sandstorm is unique, from the high lethality gunplay, to an atmospheric minimal HUD, to Commander-Observer tagteams calling in fire support, to the extensive character and weapon customization, to the very design of maps, modes, and even sound.”

Focus Home Interactive adds: “New World Interactive are currently putting the finishing touches on a massive update to deploy when the Open Beta starts, representing a big content upgrade on the current Closed Beta offering. This includes the full map pool, character improvements including new voice lines, an optimization pass, and much more.”

Insurgency: Sandstorm is already undergoing a closed beta programme for those who pre-ordered the game. Focus Home Interactive is keen to point out the benefits of pre-ordering Insurgency: Sandstorm: “Those who pre-order receive a 10% discount alongside their instant access to the pre-order beta, as well as an exclusive in-game tattoo cosmetic to show their veterancy in the years to come. An additional 10% loyalty discount will be given to fans that own the original Insurgency. This additional discount will be offered until the end of March 2019.”

Insurgency: Sandstorm will launch on December 12 on PC, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions due to follow on an unspecified date in 2019. For more information, keep an eye on New World Interactive’s website