A surprise new Crypt of the NecroDancer update has dropped after five years since the game's last content drop. It's a big one, too, adding a revamped level editor, an overhaul to the custom music system, and a universal No-Beat Mode, among lots of other things.
What's been added in this latest Crypt of the NecroDancer update?
We're big fans of Crypt of the NecroDancer here at TechRaptor Towers, so news of a brand new update dropping after five years (!) has us pretty excited. This is no minor tweak, either; it's a fully-fledged content drop, bringing with it some highly-requested community features and plenty more. First up in this new Crypt of the NecroDancer update, you're getting a No-Beat Mode, which allows you to enjoy the game's story at an easier pace. There's also a new Save and Quit feature, so you can save your game and return to it whenever you like.
The latest update has also added overhauled custom music and replay systems; you can now assemble playlists of your own music and switch between them, and replays now allow you to skip through levels and search through them as well. Mods and custom levels have been improved, too. There's a new, redesigned mod loader that allows you to load your favorite mods easily, and there's a brand new level editor, too, which allows you to make your very own NecroDancer stages. The level editor can be used with a keyboard and mouse or a controller, and it's got a full Super Mario Maker-style suite of tools and assets to use. Considering the update arrived out of nowhere, there's a staggering amount of stuff to check out, so make sure to take a look at the full Crypt of the NecroDancer patch notes for everything that's new.
What is Crypt of the NecroDancer?
Crypt of the NecroDancer, as the puntastic name suggests, is a rhythm-based roguelike in which you must descend into the dungeons of the NecroDancer armed only with an impeccable sense of musical timing. You'll have to dance your way around each dungeon, avoiding enemies and predicting their movements (which are all synchronized to the beat of the current music, of course). You might also be familiar with NecroDancer's Nintendo-backed spinoff Cadence of Hyrule, which takes the core gameplay and transposes it into a Zelda setting, complete with iconic tunes from that franchise. No word yet on whether NecroDancer's new level editor will let you use Zelda assets a la Super Mario Maker 2, though.
Crypt of the NecroDancer is available to pick up "on every major platform", as developer Brace Yourself Games points out on the official website. Right now, the latest Crypt of the NecroDancer update is only available via PC, but Brace Yourself says it will be headed to other platforms "eventually", although there's no timeframe for that yet. The developer is also promising that this update is just a precursor to "something bigger", so stay tuned for more info on whatever that turns out to be.