Nuclear Dawn

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Nuclear Dawn
Nuclear Dawn logo.jpg
Developer(s) InterWave Studios
Publisher(s) Iceberg Interactive
Distributor(s) Valve Corporation (Steam)
Engine Source
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X[1]
Release date(s) PC/MAC
26 September 2011[2]
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Real-Time Strategy
Mode(s) Multi-player

Nuclear Dawn is a post-apocalyptic first-person shooter real-time strategy hybrid video game (games in the same genre include Savage and Natural Selection). It was originally announced in February 2006 as an amateur mod for the Source engine,[3] but in April 2009 was revealed to have become a commercial project, still using Source, aimed at Windows PCs and Mac OS X. It was released on September 26, 2011.[2]


One player on each team is a 'commander', who directs his or her team from an overhead view. The remainder are soldiers who have standard FPS player capabilities. Drivable vehicles were originally planned, but decided to leave vehicles out of the initial release of Nuclear Dawn.[4][5]

The comparative roles of soldiers and commanders are described by InterWave as being:

On the field on the Gate map
The commander view on the Oasis map

On The Field

  • Four distinct classes to choose from with interdependent strengths and weaknesses that promote cooperative teamwork,[citation needed] collaborative tactics and intelligent strategy.
  • A wide arsenal of weapons to deploy on the battlefield including rifles, shotguns, miniguns, explosives, and much more.
  • Original environments rich with detail and perfect for a nice and bloody battle. Take the streets of a desolate Japanese city, infiltrate a Russian nuclear installation, or fight for the treasures of one of several other post-apocalyptic locales.

As a Commander

  • Objective-based game play emphasizes coordinated tactics.
  • The environment and physics shape your strategy. Create choke-points, defensive positions, and blast your way through the enemy positions.
  • Expand your territory with a variety of well-placed structures to aid your team in its conquest. From support structures to turrets that will pound your enemies into submission.
  • Unlock new technologies to turn the tide in your favour.
  • Secure resource points to deploy weapons and equipment to aid your team.
    — Nuclear Dawn's ModDB profile


Nuclear Dawn suffered a protracted development cycle as a mod, leading to criticism that it was vaporware.[6]


Nuclear Dawn
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic 71[citation needed]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 8/10[citation needed]
GameSpot 7,5/10[citation needed]
PC Gamer (UK) 83/100[citation needed]
GameGrin 8/10[citation needed]

Reviews of the game have been generally favorable, with a Metacritic rating of 71.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nuclear Dawn Teaser - Spring 2011". InterWave Studios. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nuclear Dawn homepage, April 2, 2006". Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on April 2, 2006. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Behind the scenes of the level design department". InterWave Studios. July 28, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Wheels on Ice". InterWave Studios. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nuclear Dawn Nuked". June 1, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Nuclear Dawn for PC Reviews - Metacritic". September 22, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 

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