Nuclear Dawn

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Nuclear Dawn
Developer(s)InterWave Studios
Publisher(s)Iceberg Interactive
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Mac OS X[2]
26 September 2011[1]
Genre(s)First-person shooter, real-time strategy

Nuclear Dawn is a post-apocalyptic first-person shooter real-time strategy hybrid video game. 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.[1]


One player on each team is a 'commander', who directs the team from an overhead view. The remainder are soldiers who have standard FPS player capabilities. Drivable vehicles were originally planned, however this was cut due to issues.[4][5]

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


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


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


  1. ^ a b "Nuclear Dawn Teaser - Spring 2011". InterWave Studios. Archived from the original on April 1, 2011. 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. Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. 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. ^ a b "Nuclear Dawn for PC Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. September 22, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  7. ^ Pinsof, Allistair (October 10, 2011). "Review: Nuclear Dawn". Destructoid. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  8. ^ Todd, Brett (2011-10-13). "Nuclear Dawn Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  9. ^ Geere, Duncan (November 27, 2011). "Nuclear Dawn Review". PC Gamer. Retrieved May 28, 2021.

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