Remember Crypt of the Necrodancer? We do, and we regularly dip into it, but we weren’t expecting a new PC update, let alone five years after the last one.
If you’ve not tackled Crypt of the Necrodancer, you’re missing out on an absolute treat. It’s a rhythm-based rogue-lite, meaning that apart from dispatching monsters you have to move in tune to the music. The more on-beat you are, the greater the rewards, particularly if you’re wielding a weapon that links damage to score multiplier.
In short, it’s an awful lot of fun. In fact, its Zelda-based semi-sequel made our list of 20 Best Indie Games on Switch. Now, PC owners have a reason to go back to the game, with a massive update that goes beyond just bug fixing. You can find the full patch notes here, but some of the notable additions include:
- A new level editor
- The ability to watch your demise from the perspective of the monster that killed you
- A more user-friendly music customisation system
- You can save and quit without losing progress
- Support for multiple mods
- The ability to tweak particle effects
- Greatly reduced load time
There’s no date as to when the patch will hit consoles though we doubt the level editor will make it onto those platforms. What’s particularly interesting is developer
Brace Yourself Games’ statement that the patch is “a precursor to something bigger coming your way”.
What's that? Is that… the first #CryptoftheNecroDancer update in over 5 years??
Yep, this is happening – and it's just a precursor to something bigger coming your way soon, so strap in!
— Crypt of the NecroDancer (@NecroDancerGame) June 30, 2022
We have our fingers crossed that there’s a whole new chunk of downloadable content in the works, sizeable enough to qualify a sequel. That may be wishful thinking but it seems obvious the developer is set to do something significant with the game.
The PC patch, dubbed 3.0.0, is available for download now and should auto-install when you next fire up Steam. And if you’ve not purchased Crypt of the Necrodancer, right now it’s available for a silly £2.19 on Steam.