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Insurgency: Sandstorm has dropped its planned story mode

Insurgency: Sandstorm, the latest entry in the popular multiplayer shooter series, will no longer feature a story mode at launch, developer New World Interactive has announced.

Sandstorm was revealed at the start of 2016, and continues Insurgency’s focus on tactical, multiplayer first-person combat. It was to be the first game in the series to feature a proper story mode, with support for up to four-player co-op.

In a new forum post, however, Michael Tsarouhas, Sandstorm’s newly-appointed lead game designer, explained that the single-player and co-operative story mode (which told the story of a woman enslaved by radical insurgents in Iraq, and can be seen in the trailer below) had been cancelled for release, “due to its high production requirements and our commitment to deliver to our fans in 2018″. Story mode “will be considered again at a later date.”