Rhythm Game So Good Nintendo Made It A Zelda Game Gets Rhythm-Free Mode

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Five years after its last update, indie roguelike rhythm game Crypt of the Necrodancer has just received a v3.0.0 patch, introducing new difficulty options, better accessibility features, Steam Deck support, improved cooperation, etc.

“Yeah. You see right. After 1,721 days, Crypt of the NecroDancer is getting another update. And it’s a big one,” the developers state in the announcement blog post. “You might be thinking, ‘Brace Yourself Games, it’s been 5 years. Why are you updating now?’ Well, let’s just say it’s a precursor to something bigger to come, and we want to make sure we address some of the most important community feedback before we get to that.”

What that “something bigger” is remains to be seen – possibly a sequel, we dare to dream – but today’s update introduces plenty to play in the meantime.

At the top of the list is the No Beat mode, which lets you play the rhythm game without any beats. It basically functions like the Bard but can be used with any character in the game, meaning struggling players can use it to complete the story.

You can also now save and quit from anywhere, you’ll see “significantly reduced load times”, and Steam Deck support has been made official with better controller options and button symbols. New cooperative systems provide dynamic view scaling as partners move away from each other and allow players to use different beatmaps while playing so you can play with two different beats.

If you want to take control of your own experience, custom music has been overhauled to make it easier to play along with your own tunes, and improved mod support will let you add multiple mods at once and even load mods in the middle of a race.

On top of all that, there’s even a brand new level editor. And those are just the highlights of the patch notes (opens in a new tab)which you can read in full at this link.

Crypt of the Necrodancer proved to be a hit in 2015 – so much so that Nintendo gifted the Zelda license to Brace Yourself Games in order to build the excellent follow-up, Cadence of Hyrule.

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