|Initial release||July 1987 (1.3d)|
3.6.1 / 27 April 2018
|NetHack General Public License (derivative of BISON general public license, a precursor to the |
NetHack is a single-player
The first version of NetHack was released by Mike Stephenson on July 28, 1987.
A core development team emerged with the release of NetHack 3.0 in July 1989. Over the next 14 years of development they established a tight-lipped culture, revealing little, if anything, between releases. Owing to the ever-increasing depth and complexity found in each release, the development team enjoys a near-mythical status among some fans. This perceived omniscience is captured in the initialism TDTTOE, "The DevTeam Thinks of Everything".
Stephenson licensed the software under the NetHack General Public License, allowing other developers to release their own versions. The license is certified as
For 12 years, the last version to include new gameplay features was NetHack 3.4.3, released in December 2003. Subsequent updates included new tilesets and compatibility with variants of Mac OS. In the absence of new releases from the developers, several variants developed by fans emerged.
On December 7, 2015, version 3.6.0 was released, the first major release in over a decade. While the patch did not add major new gameplay features, the update was designed to prepare the game for expansion in the future. NetHack remains "...one of the oldest games still being developed". A public read-only mirror of NetHack's