Today’s NEStalgia v1.73 update (notes) doubles the game client’s frame rate and also significantly improves the responsiveness of the movement controls. These upgrades make a huge difference in how smooth the the game both looks and plays, and they’ve been a long time coming.
In general most of the changes in v1.73 are internal upgrades ported over from the forthcoming Key of the Exiles content expansion. Though I don’t have a definitive release window for the expansion yet, updates like v1.73 are important milestones that will help ensure that the expansion is stable and ready to handle lots of players on day one. Though they didn’t quite make it in to this initial v1.73 release, built-in support for gamepads and the universal web client should also both see the light of day in the near future.
In other news, in response to popular request the NEStalgia Original Soundtrack is now available to download for free for anyone who has purchased NEStalgia on Steam. The soundtrack includes 35 music tracks straight from the game in their original chiptune-esque style, plus 12 bonus instrumental renditions of selected tracks. You can access the soundtrack via the Steam music player – just make sure that your Steam client has actually downloaded the latest NEStalgia update. Note that you can also grab the soundtrack’s MP3 files by clicking the ‘SHOW IN SYSTEM’ link below the ‘PLAY ALBUM’ button in the Steam music player.