Apr 102012

The highly anticipated v1.63 update will go live next Friday, April 20th. If you’re unfamiliar with this update then check out our previous coverage of v1.63 for details:

With over 100 recruitable companions, the amount of diversity in v1.63 is ridiculous. No two companions are the same, and almost every conceivable class mish-mash and stat permutation is out there. Imagine a Warlock who can tank, a Ninja healer, or a pure Wizard-type that uses Will instead of MP. Each companion is essentially its own unique character class, making it all but certain that “catch ’em all” fever is about to hit NEStalgia.

v1.63 isn’t just a huge update, it’s a transformative one. The solo experience has been improved immeasurably – all while keeping the multiplayer focus intact (Reserve Bonuses add an entirely new layer of customization and strategy to the game). The only way that this update could be better is if it were packed with a content expansion… but that’s our next priority.

One More Thing…

Although this won’t be a part of v1.63, we’re about to begin public testing on the standalone version of NEStalgia. Imagine downloading a simple NEStalgia package which allows you to install the game like any other (sans BYOND), then places a shortcut on your desktop that opens this splash window:

NEStalgia will remain powered by BYOND (and your current accounts will still function), but with this standalone installer the BYOND side of things stays under the hood. BYOND is awesome, but taking away the confusing step of having to install a separate program to play NEStalgia is really going to widen the game’s appeal and legitimacy. Look for public testing on this to begin soon – I’ll post details here on the blog when we’re ready.

  19 Responses to “Companion Update (v1.63) Release Date Announcement”

  1. Wow, so soon? I’m amazed! 😀

  2. What is the maximum amount of monsters that a subscriber can store?

  3. Are there going to be hidden monsters or special ways of acquiring certain ones? Or will they all be based on rep?

  4. Zenithia is a PvE Server? NOOOOOOOO!


    Sorry, that was the first thing I noticed. Joking aside, this looks like a really exciting change coming our way.

  5. Well well, nice to see this update incoming. Guess i’ll spend quite a good amount of time searching for companions.

  6. Oh my yay~~ I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting for this for ages now! Good work, Silk! >w<

  7. “Ice Bloom used VineWhip! It’s super effective!”

  8. Cool I can’t wait for this I am gonna use my chocobunny but I do not know what I want for my 2nd monster.

  9. Can’t believe this is coming out next week! (and a day) So excited!

  10. Epic, I will come back to NEStalgia once the standalone client is ready. Oh, and could you add some kind of ‘patcher’ function because BYOND doesn’t do that and when I first load NEStalgia after an update it lags the hell out of my game.

  11. Im waiting to come back, but since I moved to a mac as a laptop Im looking forward for the stand alone client.

  12. Silk I’m excited for the update, it looks to be really fun.

    Only thing is I heard that your downsizing 9 seed slots to 6? That’s fine with me except that those of us with all 9 seeds boosters will get to keep it? I hope this isn’t the case as I really don’t think this is fair to players, especially in the pvp environments. I’m sure others will get on to defend this stating that “it’s only 3 seeds, it don’t matter”, but I’ll say first off with that argument that “if 3 seeds don’t matter” then why defend for them and the advantage it gives? Or from a developer’s point of view, if your willing to leave them in for others if not breaking the game, why take them out in the first place?

    Anyway it might be a rumor. If so, I’ll be looking foward to this patch. If not, not sure I’d be that excited to continue grinding out my other low characters knowing they’ll always be inferior or incomplete to others.