Frequently Asked Questions

  • General
    What is Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale?

    Islands of Nyne is a first-person-only battle royale game currently in Closed Alpha and being developed for PC as a Steam Early Access title. It has been in development since 2015!

    Who is making Islands of Nyne?

    Developer and publisher, Define Human Studios, is a new and growing Kickstarter-funded independent game studio formed by competitive gamers and industry veterans with decades of combined experience. As both developer and publisher, we have complete creative control over the direction of everything we develop, and we’ll never rush anything to market until we’re satisfied with it. But hey, that doesn’t mean we’re not working our asses off to deliver a polished product. Just ask our exhausted QA team!

    When is this game coming out?


    The release date for our Steam Early Access version is still TBA. We are working hard to add more features and improve performance so that all players can enjoy Islands of Nyne to its fullest extent.

    Why does ION have almost no lag and insanely responsive hit registration?

    Glad you noticed. Not only do we employ some of the most experienced and dedicated netcoders on the planet (previously employed at Bioware, Ubisoft, and Epic Games), but we have also partnered with Bluefang Solutions, a server host who provide us with a custom, autoscaling server platform in addition to cutting edge server hardware with i7-7700k processors.

    How is the game being developed?

    Islands of Nyne is being developed on a modified version of the Unreal Engine 4.  Our dev team is constantly iterating upon the engine in order create an environment for the best gaming experience possible.


    How can I stay up to date on special events and game development?
    • Sign up for our newsletter here!
    • Join the discussion about the game, make suggestions, and check out the latest official announcements and news on our forums.
    • Chat with us live on our official Discord channel
    • Tweet at us on Twitter.
    Will game skins and character customization be available?

    Absolutely! Through game-time and match performance, players are rewarded with in-game currency called credits. The amount of credits you earn per match is determined by your performance; where you place, kill count, headshots, distance kills, etc. are all calculated into how many credits you earn at the end of a match based on a multiplier formula. Players can use these credits to purchase either locked crates that require a key, or special items and crates that are exclusive to the in-game store. All skins and unlockable items are cosmetic only and do not affect gameplay in the slightest. You will be able to trade and sell most of every item you unlock on the steam marketplace, however, there will be some that will not be tradeable, and those are ones that you earn at the end of each season depending on your final rank.

    Are there plans for more maps?

    You bet your ass. We’ve got at least 2 more coming and they won’t be tacked on as purchasable DLC, they will be added in a later update to the game and free of charge.

    How can I purchase the game?

    Pre-orders are now open! Head on over to our store to reserve your digital Steam copy and get immediate access the Closed Alpha and start playing today! Keys are running out fast and we’re only limited to so many!

    What platforms will the game be available on?

    Currently, our main focus is on readying the PC version for release, but don’t worry console owners, we’ve already started working on bringing Islands of Nyne to your favorite consoles and will announce more details at a later date.

    Linux and Mac compatibility is not out of the question.

    What anti-cheat measures are in place?

    We currently use BattlEye anti-cheat in addition to our own in-game solutions to combat cheating.

    Is there an in-game voice system?

    Yes!  We are using Vivox to offer crystal clear, low-latency 3D Positional Audio and teammate-only voice chat.

    Is the game being designed with e-sports competition in mind?

    Islands of Nyne has been built from the ground up to be a competitive battle royale e-sport title. We have numerous e-league pros consulting for us and we’re constantly in contact with various tournament organizers and members of the community who provide us with invaluable feedback during development. Whether it’s weapon balance, level design, or making sure the game is exploit-free, providing a competitive atmosphere and fair playing field is something we take very, very seriously. Is the shotty OP or trash? You tell us!

  • System Requirements
    What are the minimum specs?

    OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 Bit
    Processor: 2.5 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 (2GB)
    DirectX: Version 11
    Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Storage: 30 GB available space

    Please note that as we are still in alpha, requirements are subject to change.

    What are the recommended specs?

    OS: Windows 7 SP1 64 bit / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 64 bit
    Processor: Intel Quad Core i5/i7 3.3 GHz or AMD equivalent
    Memory: 8 GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti/970 (High settings) and 1080 (Ultra settings)
    DirectX: Version 11
    Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Storage: 30 GB available space

  • Closed Alpha
    How can I get a key?

    We are offering Alpha Access as a bonus to any pre-order purchase from our store.

    Is there still an NDA up preventing me from streaming IoN?

    No! If you have access to the Closed Alpha, stream all you want!

    I have a Closed Alpha key. Where do I redeem it in order to play?

    Steam. In your Steam Library, click on the “+ ADD A GAME…” text in the lower left corner and “Activate a product on Steam…” to start downloading the game.

    Are Closed Alpha servers only online during weekends? Every day? Specific dates?

    Throughout Closed Alpha, servers will be up during most weekends. We try to push big updates once every month and smaller ones like hotfixes and balance tweaks each and every week.

    What server regions do you have available?

    We currently have servers hosted in the following regions for Closed Alpha:

    • North America (East Coast, West Coast, Midwest)
    • Europe (France, Germany, UK, Spain)
    • Asia (Singapore)
    • Southeast Asia (Australia)

    Please keep in mind that server locations and availability are based on demand, so if there’s enough players searching for a match in a region, servers will be brought up close by in order for them to have the lowest latency possible.

  • Pre-Order Bundles
    How long after I order do I receive my key/s for Alpha testing?

    As soon as checkout is complete, you’ll be sent to a confirmation page where you can copy your keys. If you close that page by accident don’t worry! You will still receive a confirmation email with your purchase details and keys, so make sure you check the inbox of the email you used to purchase your preorder.

    I haven't received my key after ordering!

    If your key has not arrived after 5 minutes, please check your spam/promotional tabs in your email client. If it’s still not there, contact us at [email protected] and we’ll try to respond as soon as possible!

    Will the skins be tradeable on the steam marketplace?


    Can I see the skins in more detail?

    Absolutely not.

    …just kidding


    I backed during the Kickstarter/Paypal campaigns. Will I get these skin rewards as well?

    As a gesture to all of those who supported us from the beginning and want more than hipster cred, we will be including the skins in these preorders in your Kickstarter/Early Paypal Backer tiers. Depending on what tier you previously backed, you will receive the following rewards:

    All Kickstarter and Early Paypal Campaign backers will receive the M9A1 skin from the $30 Bronze Tier.

    Kickstarter and Paypal backers that pledged $25 and up will receive the AK47 skin from the $40 Silver Tier, in addition to the M9A1 skin from the $30 Bronze Tier.

    Kickstarter and Paypal backers that pledged $50 and up will receive the MK18 skin from the Gold Tier, in addition to the Ak47 and the M9A1 skin from the Bronze and Silver Tiers.

    If I purchase multiple bundles, can I transfer items to other accounts?

    The email address you provide will receive all the digital goods. You can redeem them on any Steam account you wish. Once the keys have been activated however, you cannot transfer items.

    When will I receive the skins and crates? How will redemption work?

    Either on day 1 of Early Access or shortly after character customization is implemented, you will receive an extra key you will be able to use to redeem your skins and crates.

    What is your refund policy?

    We are not offering refunds. If you refund on Steam once you get your digital copy and items, the items that came with your bundle will be removed from your account as well.

    Is there a support email?
    Is there any Pay2Win in this Islands of Nyne?

    There will not be any Pay2win/Pay2Progress in Islands of Nyne. Crates will contain cosmetic items only.

    What's the current Alpha schedule?

    Servers will be live on the weekends for the month of February unless otherwise specified on our Twitter or Discord Channels.