Insurgency: Sandstorm goes to war on the Xbox One and PC in 2017

Fans of the popular PC multiplayer military shooter Insurgency will get to play a new version built from the ground up for both PC and consoles. Developer New World Interactive and publisher Focus Home Interactive plan to release Insurgency: Sandstorm for the PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 platforms sometime in 2017.

Insurgency began its life many years ago as a total conversion mod for Valve's Half-Life 2, using the Source Engine. The mod version, which offered gamers multiplayer matches between U.S. troops and "insurgent" forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, was first released in 2007. The team later turned the mod into a paid stand-alone game that became very popular on Steam.

For Insurgency: Sandstorm, New World Interactive is ditching the Source Engine and is building the game using Epic's Unreal Engine 4. The developer added:

"Although the game is being developed for console, it will stay true to its PC roots by ensuring our dedicated audience has a seamless transition to the new game. Sandstorm retains what makes Insurgency unique and challenging, bringing this experience to a new console audience. In addition to console support, Insurgency: Sandstorm will contain some exciting new features such as a new story mode and eSports framework. The game is being built from the ground up with competitive multiplayer, console split-screen, and singleplayer in mind. The story mode will focus on a squad of characters as they face increasingly challenging chapters, from the invasion of Iraq in 2003 through the insurrection period and leading to the present day."

Source: New World Interactive

John Callaham