S&box Release Date, How to Get a Key, Everything We Know So Far

With a new and shiny engine upgrade and a brand new game-building framework in C#, s&box is looking almost ready to make waves in the game modding community.

S&box Release Date, How to Get a Key, Everything We Know So Far

Facepunch Studios, the game studio behind Garry's Mod and Rust, has been working hard on a new game that some have called the spiritual successor to Garry's Mod. With a new and shiny engine upgrade (Source 2) and a brand new game-building framework in C#, s&box is looking almost ready to make waves in the game modding community.

Release Date for s&box

Facepunch has officially announced that s&box should be released by the end of 2021. On the official s&box About webpage, it is stated that the aim is to give some people access in the first half of 2021, and everyone else access in the second half of 2021.

How To Get a s&box Key (Early Access)

As of June 2021, Facepunch has given over 200 developers early access to the s&box dev preview. The game is currently in heavy development, meaning there is nothing to play yet. Only developers, mappers, modders, and other creative types have access to s&box so far. You can get a key by being nominated by another keyholder in the s&box Discord server. Then, Garry Newman himself will decide whether or not you are worthy of a key.

s&box 3D rendering in menu

What We Know About s&box So Far

Many have described s&box as Garry's Mod 2. While concepts such as modding and community are at the forefront of the new game, s&box and Garry's Mod are quite different. Garry has stated his hopes for s&box as follows:

My hope is that it will eclipse what is possible in Garry's Mod rather than simply be a modern version of it.

Source 2 will be the engine powering s&box. Garry's Mod ran on the Source engine, which ran a lot of other popular games from Valve, the company that founded the Steam marketplace. Games you might recognize from Source are Half-Life, CounterStrike, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. Source 2 is a vast upgrade from the original Source engine, bringing games built on it into the modern age of gaming. Garry's Mod was originally released in 2006. To give perspective into how long ago that was, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released the same year.

s&box early in-game screenshot

s&box is planned to have many Quality of Life changes for creators and players alike. Players will be able to host a game their friends can join with a click of a button without need for port forwarding or downloading dependencies beforehand. Developers can write and debug code live with hotloading features. This change is good for everyone. A smoother development experience will mean more polished and fun gamemodes.

Where to Pre-Order s&box

s&box is currently not available for pre-order. We will update this section if s&box becomes available for pre-order.

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