If you’ve been in the mood to play he rhythmic dungeon crawler Crypt of the NecroDancer again, now might be the perfect time. Why? Because after five years, Crypt of the NecroDancer developer Brace Yourself Games has finally released another update for this 2015 classic. Dubbed v3.0.0, this update introduces a staggering number of gameplay changes, new features, and quality-of-life improvements that promise to make the experience even more replayable and addicting than before.
Crucially, “by streaming more resources on demand,” the update drastically decreased the loading time when booting up the game. Brace Yourself Games listed this as one of the biggest priorities in the new patch, and it certainly comes as a welcome improvement. Another significant addition comes in the form of a No Beat Mode, which removes the need for timing inputs to the background music. The Bard already had this feature built-in, but this mode will allow players to more easily access content that only specific characters, including the difficult-to-master Aria, can reach. Additionally, the update adds the option to save and continue runs without having to start over, as well as better controller support.
On top of all this, the update implements an overhauled level editor that players can tinker with using a controller or a mouse and keyboard. This new editor allows players to spruce up their dungeons with nearly all of the game’s tiles and objects, which include both regular and story bosses. This addition alone could potentially give the game an impressive degree of longevity.
These only make up a few of the additions and changes that come with the new Crypt of the NecroDancer update. If you want to learn about all these changes before jumping in, then you can take a look at the official patch notes on Steam.