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Nethack; one of the most infamous, and one of the oldest roguelike’s ever made, may eventually see it’s first update in over 11 years – as the continued development of the game has been confirmed by the dev team in a blog post on the official site. The source code that was leaked thus far was also confirmed to be incomplete – and due to the code that was released being portrayed as an official release  (3.4.4, 3.5, and 3.5.0 are all mentioned in the blog post as names that the incomplete code has been referenced as) the next release will be a different version, and labelled as such.

Nethack has been known for it’s difficulty, and has also been a prime example of the roguelike genre for quite literally decades. Originally released just under 26 years ago, the game has been updated a multitude of times up until 2003. It has also been ported to many different platforms – including DS, PSP, and Android. Ascending – or “winning” – Nethack is considered to be one of the hardest feats of gaming; as even individuals that may have played the game for years find it difficult to get far in the game. At times, the difficulty for individuals to get into Nethack has been compared to the difficulty for individuals to get into Dwarf Fortress.

If this update progresses within the next decade, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with it! In the mean time, I need to see if I can finally get past the gnomish mines…

James Galizio

Staff Writer

I'm a writer for TechRaptor, and an aspiring indie dev; technology and games in particular have been my passion my whole life, and to contribute to the industry has been my dream. If I'm not writing or working on other work, you can almost always find me playing some sort of game!