- Second Extinction Product Owner Julianne Harty welcomes Xbox players to the game.
- Learn more about what’s in store as well as detailing a core part of Second Extinction, The War Effort.
- Second Extinction (Game Preview) is available now with Xbox Game Pass.
Welcome to Second Extinction.
We’re excited to bring you our dinosaur co-op shooter to Xbox Game Preview and Xbox Game Pass! During our time in Preview, we’re going to be listening to what you, the community, expect and desire out of a game like ours. Please add your voice to our Discord group; I read every piece of feedback entered in our feedback channels.
Since we’ve been live on PC for a short period, we’ve already identified a few improvements and added these to the roadmap towards 1.0. Cross-play functionality is a significant step, and we’re looking at releasing that in September. This means you will be able to play with your PC friends and vice versa. Additionally, we include a tutorial mission to onboard new players at launch! Also on the agenda are new characters, new weapons, new equipment, and more dinosaur mutations to battle with, as well as the much-requested Horde Mode.
As a team, we’re going to start looking in-depth at reward and motivation systems over the coming months. Are we giving out cool and useful stuff? Do you feel adequately rewarded for your efforts? Do you feel a sense of progression and motivated to try new things out? Killing those evil mutated dinosaurs is fun, but we want to make sure it’s meaningful as well.
The War Effort will start to get built out more robustly. For those unfamiliar with what the War Effort is, it entails a map of varying threat levels over the area. A high threat level means the dinos are strong and heavy in that region; conversely, a low threat level means a much easier walk in the snow.
Twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. CEST (4:00 a.m. PT)- the map will update based on the amount of research the entire community has gathered, assigning threat levels (increasing stages of difficulty) to each region. The dinos do push back, so if everyone focused their attention on one area of the map to drop the threat level, the dinos will find a more neglected region and increase their attention there, which subsequently increases the region’s threat level. Neglect a Threat Level 3 region too long, and you’ll encounter an Emergence Event – an extreme region with combat-changing modifiers and boss-level fights.
Associated with each War Effort map update is a rotation of activities tied to each threat level. Building out the War Effort means that there will be more activities and events associated with each change of the map and their threat levels so that you’ll see new things each week. Each Preseason will bring a new set of these activities as well, in addition to new contracts and exclusive cosmetics. Make sure to play during these times!
Looking towards 1.0, as we finish refining our systems and features to all our satisfaction (yours and ours), we’re taking our learnings and applying them to a new biome with new missions and species. I can’t reveal much more since it’s still far in the future, but rest assured, we’re working on adding new maps.
We’ll be launching into Xbox Game Preview at the start of Preseason 4. However, we will be making the pre-season 2 contracts and rewards available further into Preseason 4 for our players on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S so that you don’t miss out on the exclusive content. We will make Preseason 3 content available during a future season for a limited time. We’ll leave none of our newly joined Extinction Elites behind.
I can’t wait to see you in our community!
Second Extinction™ (Game Preview)