One of the lesser-known but still-running sci-fi MMOs out there is getting a massive upgrade for the modern era. Ever since its release in 2002, Neocron has gone through several iterations and owners, surviving all of these transitions. The current community dev team picked up the dormant game back in 2012, renamed it Neocron Evolution, made it free-to-play, and has been working on overhauling its creaky code and dated visuals ever since.
This Saturday, the Neocron Evolution team will release its 2.3 update. The patch includes a streamlined weapon system, reimagined shield mechanics, more setup choices, bug fixes, feature improvements, and engine upgrades that focus on “modularity and configurability.” Better yet, the team promised that there will be more frequent updates going forward.
“Reaching this point has involved the writing and rewriting of thousands of lines of code,” the team shared. “Huge chunks of Neocron’s underlying systems have been gutted and entirely reengineered from the ground up.”