- For the IRC channel, see NationStates2 IRC channel
NationStates 2 was the short-lived sequel to the original NationStates game.
After years of speculation as to whether or not it would actually exist, OMAC took over work on the game in 2008. The first beta keys for the game were released on August 18, 2008, and it entered open beta on November 3. NS2 integrated many features of NationStates 1, such as answering daily issues to determine nation policy. However, it also included a system of worlds, continents, and alliances that replaced the regional system. Features such as trade and war were also promised, to make NS a more interactive game.
As of January 2009, the NationStates 2 beta had roughly 50,000 nations, though many of them were listed as inactive. Since the game went into open beta, the number of active nations on NationStates 1 had dropped by over 25,000. NS2 was subject to strong criticism by veterans of the original game. Max Barry disowned the experimental sequel in a news item dated February 25, 2009.
In May 2009, Jolt announced the imminent shutdown of NS2, effective July 1.