Shattered Horizon Free Weekend

That’s this coming weekend, the 4th-6th. There’s a reason why I am pimping this one, however, which is that lots of people were interested by our recent examination of Shattered Horizon‘s maps and weapons updates, and this provides you an opportunity to actually try the astronautical zero-G fancy shootin’ game out for free. It’s also 50% off the normal price, which is precisely half as much as it normally costs. That, I insist, is science.

Might as well get an RPS contingent on there, eh?


  1. Antsy says:

    I’m out of reasons not to give this a shot. Bring on the weekend!

  2. RLacey says:

    Sounds like a good excuse for me to finally give this ago, having acquired it at Christmas.

  3. Unaco says:

    Been waiting for this, so I can give it a shot. As long as I get to be on Ender’s team, I’ll be happy.

    • westyfield says:

      Woo! I recently read Ender’s Game and really enjoyed it.
      I’ll definitely be trying Shattered Horizon out now, weightlessness sounds like fun!

  4. Dustin Diamond's Sex-Tape says:

    Seems a tragedy that this delicious FULLY FEATURED gem will forever walk the halls of critical mediocrity due to its trim release. Very pretty, Very Original, Very fun. Very PC gaming. And so cheap too?

    If a precendent has not yet been set for re-reviewing games that have completely overhauled themselves, I suggest you light the taper of revolution, young James.

    Nothing instills gamer misanthropy in me like a solemn glance at Shattered Horizon’s player stats.

    • Dominic White says:

      Here’s something that has annoyed me for a very, very long time now. Print media has been playing second fiddle to the internet for ages, as far as games coverage goes, so why does nobody seem willing to update reviews? Just a note and a score amendment if complaints specifically used as decisive in giving the final rating are addressed would be professional, fair and informative.

      I’ve actually heard people say that reviews shouldn’t be amended because developers need to be punished for any stumbles at launch. Crazy, hateful people.

    • PleasingFungus says:

      It’s economics, I think. Who’s going to pay for the re-reviews? From the publications’ point of view – even (especially!) the online ones – they’d be paying twice as much for the same result: having a review of Game X on their site. Worse than that, they’d be paying for another review of an old game (six months or more, even!), which is not an especially attractive prospect, from the point of view of page-views and ad revenue.

      Which, of course, is how gaming websites support themselves.

      But: I’m not in the industry, I could be talking out of my behind. I’d be quite happy to be proven wrong!

    • kwyjibo says:

      Too many reviews are just buyers guides, not critical analysis. Hence, if a DLC pack is free, they’ll give it a miss, because – hey, there’s nothing for you to buy. Yet, they’ll review the most trivial of paid DLC, because someone might spend money.

      None of the big websites would have reviewed L4D2’s The Passing had it been free across platforms. And it is a failing of the websites, because the time for buyers guides are over.

    • Metalfish says:

      If you want this re-reviewed you have to email people. EG are a good bet as they aren’t adverse to covering something just because a few folks send them an email about it.

  5. HidesHisEyes says:

    Serious system demands from this one- luckily I found this out in the last free weekend instead of wasting the hard earned pennies.

    It’s a shame, I would really have liked to be able to play it.

    • SF Legend says:

      I believe the last patch added some performance optimisations, though I don’t know how major they are since I keep neglecting to play it.

    • alseT says:

      Just remember those aren’t actually requirements except for the DX10 thing. With a machine like that you can run it with all bells and whistles at 60 fps

  6. Exitalterego says:

    Curse the fates! I don’t get back into the country until Sunday, and by then I’ll be too jetlagged to play.

  7. Azhrarn says:

    Sounds lovely, will give the game a go come the weekend then. :)

  8. westyfield says:

    Hmm, according to recent experiments, 50% off £14.99 equals £7.49, which is well within the acceptable margin of error. Further experiments will need to be carried out in order to see whether this price falls under the category of ‘reasonable’, although early predictions suggest it will – let’s hope the tests support the theory!

  9. postmanX3 says:

    I personally picked it up for five dollars back in the holiday sale, and have never been really impressed. Yes, it’s pretty, but ultimately, it feels… boring. The zero-gravity gimmick only remains interesting for so long, and with so many other multiplayer shooters out there with a lot more variety (the recent content update didn’t help much) playing this one seems fairly pointless.

  10. Heliosicle says:

    I think I’ll get it this weekend, been tempted to, update sounds like it brings a lot more improvements.

  11. Poltergeist says:

    Bought it when there was a sale, played it a few times, had a lot of fun and will continue playing. Money well spent! Not only will this weekend populate the servers, it will also enable me to feel good at gaming, because those newcomers will be easy prey even for my very limited skills.

  12. Lobotomist says:

    No support for DX9 ?

  13. DMJ says:

    I can’t think of any bunch of people I’d rather free-fall with machine guns with than my fellow RPSers.

  14. cyrenic says:

    I’ve been waiting for this free weekend, but they had to go and schedule this for a weekend I’ll be out of town. The basts!

  15. Alexander Norris says:

    Remember: no DX10, no game.

    • Vinraith says:


      I suspect a lot of bandwidth is going to be wasted by people that have failed to notice that.

    • Drexer says:

      I myself pre-ordered the game because the concept was deeply endearing to me, but have not been able to play it since then. From what I saw from the footage though, I do not feel bad to at least support the developers of this, and at least I will probably be able to play it in the doming months when i built my new PC.

  16. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    Excellent! I’d been meaning to try this out after reading an article about it last week or so, but couldn’t find a demo, and wasn’t quite intrigued enough to stump up the asking price blind, as it were. Will definitely try it this weekend.

  17. Hardtarget says:

    I wonder if the server browser will actually work this time so that I can actually try their game! That last free weekend was a disaster.

  18. HHPP says:

    I played the beta with only a GTX260 and a 2.33GHz cpu,it ran very smooth.

  19. Finn says:

    Count me in, I’ll be Sir Digby over thar.

  20. abhishek says:

    The playing population will rise for the weekend and by the end of next week, it will be back to double digits as usual. For anyone considering buying this after the weekend, have a look at the number of people playing the game right now (global real time stats)

    link to

    Of all the people who have bought this game across many Steam sales, almost no one has bothered to stick with it.

    • Thants says:

      50 recent players and TWO active servers. Ouch. That’s certainly hurt my enthusiasm for the free weekend.

    • Thants says:

      Really, there are probably more people currently playing Myth 2.

    • AndrewC says:

      Perfect for an RPS hegemony, I’d say.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      Games that lock out 93% of their potential players will do that (see the lines DirectX 11 Systems & DirectX 10 systems, add the percentages together & that’s how many Steam users can play this game).

      Great idea making a shiny game. Not so great idea barring almost everyone from playing it unless 50% of them upgrade their operating system with the rest needing both an operating system & graphics card upgrade.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      @Malibu: Not quite following your workings…

    • Scautura says:

      @Malibu Stacey:
      Errr, top right, “53.18% are DX10, 3.29% are DX11” (Under DX10/11 systems). Looks to me they’re only locking out less than 45% – not including dual booters.

  21. Carra says:

    The fully 3D environment made my head spin.

    Seems like you need quite a bit of training to get even a single kill.

  22. Starky says:

    What abhishek says is the problem…

    The game is fun, for a weekend, but it lacks anything compelling to keep you coming back game after game, and sadly a Multiplayer only game lives and dies by the community it maintains.

    And this one died.

    It’s fun, and original and pretty – it’s just not compelling.

  23. Auspex says:

    You can pre-load it now if anyone is interested in giving this a shot.

  24. zakkmiester says:

    Sweet. I was an Arconaut (beta tester) and I didn’t end up buying cause it ran like shit on my computer. Guess this’d be a good time to try it with the new card :D
    Also, I get to try the new gun pack.

  25. Taslo says:

    I really, really, really wish my computer could run this game so I could try it out. It’s been on my radar for a while but alas :(

  26. Colliic says:

    i’d love to try this, but I still have xp, too. Ah well…

  27. Choca says:


    I tried to buy this five minutes ago and Steam told me “hey moron you already bought that about three months ago”.

    Story of my life.

  28. me says:

    I wanted to try this too, but had no Win7 nor a DX10 card. Now that I have, I’m eager to try it :)

    Btw, I think it’s a really bad decision not to give people a demo, because before I spend money for a full price game, I want to try it out at least once or be otherwise sure that it is worth the money.
    So, Futuremark people, next time release a demo (or just plant it inside your benchmark, good advertising)

    And the other thing why it isn’t played that much can also be just the side-effect of insisting on DX10 tech, and no DX9 backport. Many people still run XP and don’t want/can’t upgrade. Just Cause 2 is another example for DX10 only game, but it really looks smoking good, though it has the same problem JC1 had, pretty graphics, but gameplay very limited.

    So, looking forward to getting a chance on seeing how good Shattered Horizon is.

  29. Flint says:

    A stupid question but how can I actually start the pre-load?

  30. Reptillian says:

    what time? what timezone?

  31. suibhne says:

    Most disappointed that my DX11-capable videocard is in the shop and I’m stuck with a very old pixel-pusher atm.

  32. Tei says:

    I have a GeForce GTX 275 with 896 MB of VRAM.

    At this point, Windows is a “old used car”, and Microsoft is selling and reselling again to the same people for ridiculous prices, but is the same old shit, repainted (I can show you about pages of windows tools with the copyright in 1985 and things like that). I laugh at how gullible is people :-D
    Show me a windows with the console remade, a text editor that can open a 4GB text file, the installer in a LIVE CD, and the other normal things we expect from a modern OS. Windows don’t meet my expectations for a decent OS. I am not going to pay for crap.

  33. Alex W says:

    Hey guys, I preloaded this morning June 3rd, saw the download finish, and now it has disappeared from my Steam library. Is this normal? I also can no longer find the page on steam about the free weekend.

    • Alex Bakke says:

      I’m getting the same problem.

    • Tusque d'Ivoire says:

      yeah i have the same problem. my steam even crashed.
      I tried to lookup this topic on RPS and couldn’t find it and already had a whole conspiracy theory worked out with RPS and Steam working together to first fool me into believing there was a free weekend of a great zero-G spacey shooter I’ve always wanted to try out and then deleting every evidence of it through a series of cleverly remote-controlled crashes just to toy with me.

      but maybe it’s just me being bit drunk.

    • Alex Bakke says:

      I found a link that triggers the pre-load, and it was already pre-loaded. I’m guessing it’ll appear at 2300GMT.

  34. jimmy says:

    How do you preload it? i closed the Steam update news and now i can’t find it

  35. Alex W says:

    Well its past 23:00 GMT and no free weekend yet =(

  36. Shiriken Morg says:

    I had the same problem, couldnt even find the preload after restarting steam.
    Found the link tho : steam://preload/18110
    This will make it visible in your gamemenu again, but its still locked, now nearing 2 hours after i was supposed to be fraggin ppl into spacejunk in beautiful vacuum… *sigh*

    Well, guess ill see you all there whenever steam checks their awesome digital wristwatches….


  37. Kamikazi Flyswatter of Godspeed says:

    My video card supports DirectX 10.1 (HD 4850), and my 6month old pc still screams! But i can not even try this silly game out because I like windows xp, and refuse to upgrade to Vista or Win7 for over $50 for the OS. Its just the same old OS with a new skin. Requiring this OS, or any OS, is retarded.

    This game company wrote their own grave!
    Sink and DIE, OS lovers!!!

  38. Cogenerate says:

    It’s not the OS they are requiring, it’s the Direct X 10. Microsoft doesn’t give a Direct X 10 upgrade for XP in order to MAKE you upgrade. Something about wanting their company to continue to make money and all…

  39. Low351 says:

    “Free Weekend” should mean free weekend. It took so long to load I left it until today and now it’s 5:30pm EST on a Sunday and I can’t play. It’s still the weekend in my books… Shame it’s only $10 just now I might have bought it if I’d had a try. But I’m not spending 10 bucks if there’s a chance I won’t like it…

  40. me says:

    yeah, i can’t play either. i did play a little and i was kinda on the fence. wanted to play again cause the stuff that wasn’t working for me i thought i’d figure out tonight.

  41. me says:

    me again…. it must be midnight somewhere in europe they stopped it. i suppose it’s ok as normally us americans get time zones tailored for us. oh well, too bad i suppose.