We just released the first look at the new "Lerk" class in Natural Selection 2! Check out concepts, renders and a movie showing him in action (http://www.unknownworlds.com/ns2/news/2010/2/friday_update_lerk_reveal).
We also wanted to let you know we're starting engine testing with the people who have pre-ordered the Special Edition. This is not a demo or an alpha but is an engine test, meant to test graphics, networking, performance, compatibility, etc. It also includes the full scripting tools so coders can start experimenting.
Over 10,000 people pre-ordered Natural Selection 2. We don't want to be overwhelmed with bug reports so we're starting out small. Then we'll be growing it continuously as we hammer out issues and are ready to deploy it to a larger group. We'll be granting access to players in the order that they pre-ordered (http://www.naturalselection2.com/buy). We're also hard at work on the NS2 alpha – the results of this engine test will make sure it works great when we release the alpha to all the Special Edition pre-orderers.
You've been so kind as to support us and because of that we're still in business. We hope you understand our strategy. We're eager to get NS2 into everyone's hands as soon as possible!
-The NS2 Team