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Insurgency Sandstorm is heading for a free weekend

Published: 23:52, 17 June 2019
New World Interactive
Soldiers running through an alley in a deserted town.
Insurgency: Sandstorm

New World Interactive and Focus Home Interactive are gearing up for a free weekend event in Insurgency Sandstorm as an attempt to grab more players. This endeavour may be offset by the game's CPU-related performance issues though.

Insurgency Sandstorm was one of the most anticipated shooter releases in 2018 but it didn't manage to retain many of its players. Focus Home Interactive, along with the developers New World Interactive, are attempting to find a way to revitalise the shooter's population.

One of the attempts was a roadmap that showcased a whole year of free content updates and it remains to be seen if it will have any impact on the player base size.

The other attempt is the free weekend that will run from 20 June 2019 through 24 June 2019. It will kick off at 10:00 AM PT / 19:00 CEST which should mean a decent spike in player counts since the peak hours of the days leading up to the actual weekend will be covered by the promotion.

Players will have full access to Insurgency Sandstorm during the promotion, regardless of whether they actually purchased the game.

There is currently no mention of whether a sale will accompany the free weekend but these usually happen in order to retain as many players as possible. 

While all of this sounds nice and dandy, there is no mention of a fix coming to one of the biggest problem Insurgency Sandstorm has - CPU load. The game has mostly positive reviews on Steam but the negative ones almost always include a mention of terrible CPU optimisation that seems to affect the quad-core CPUs the most.

New World Interactive Screenshot from Insurgency: Sandstorm where two soldiers are leaning over a corner checking for enemies. Insurgency: Sandstorm

This is probably the leading reason why Insurgency Sandstorm is operating on a fraction of the player base it once had and is a quite odd problem to have since the game has been announced for consoles as well. Quad-core issues will almost certainly translate to the console systems once that version finally comes along.

Insurgency: Sandstorm

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Insurgency: Sandstorm is the highly anticipated sequel to the Insurgency tactical shooter from 2014. New World Interactive are now showcasing the possibilities of the Unreal 4 engine that will power the new game.

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