25 Feb 2024
Big news for both PureZC and ZC in general! After quite a long time in development, 2.55 has officially been released! You can download it from the new ZC Official Website here
. For those who haven't played around with the alphas and need a quick recap of what's new, the devs have graciously provided a basic overview of new features here
. Additionally, the official 2.55 Quest Contest is now underway, so head here
to download the entries and vote for your favorite!
The development of 2.55 has been a massive undertaking over a decade in the making, and has seen the loss of a lead dev, the upgrading of the engine to Allegro 5, a massive rewrite of the GUI, and a plethora of features previously considered impossible. We'd like to extend our appreciation to the current dev team: Emily, Connor, Deedee, and Moosh. All four of them - and Emily and Connor especially - have been instrumental in making this happen. Give them all a (virtual) round of applause!
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of ZC. We've come a whole long way since that initial 1.0 release, and it's been incredible watching a lot of that history unfold. Here's to another 25 years!
Now to segue, we're going to being using the site news to post a Monthly Feature newsletter, recapping the new quests and events of the past month. This will usually be posted on the first of each month, but given the magnitude of this announcement, we didn't want to quickly bury it, so we'll posting the first monthly feature a little early. So with that said, Site News is out… Monthly Feature is here!
So… February, any new quests? …Yes! But, since we missed January, we’ll also give the featured quest from that month here.
First, up we have Dreams Realm, by Sans and The Rock.
So, this quest came out in December… but we’ll ignore that for a second, since this quest is quite grand! So far, it’s gotten four reviews, with all of them being pretty positive! Maybe you’d enjoy it too, so give it a try…
Next up, the January feature - Link’s Adventure in the Future!
Made by IceDancer, get ready to be tested and challenged by the might of Ganon! With eight Triforce dungeons and an abundance of things to collect, there’s a lot to do - there are no reviews or ratings as of yet, so give it a try and leave a review!
Finally, catching up to February, we have The Enigma of Basilischi Island!
Originally created for the alsoLIONS 1 Week and 1 Day contest, Taco Chopper and Rambly have cooked up a unique quest! Exploration is key for this adventure, so don’t be afraid to test the limits of the island - go give it a try!
Do note these were not the only quests released in these months, so check out the Quests page to see them all for yourself!
In other news, the Quest Club continues to chug along - the current quest to play and discuss is The Bounds of Waterford
, so go and play it now! You can find the current discussion thread here.
For contest winners, big congratulations to the following members for beating their contestants in the following events:
- Twilight Knight, victor of Screenshot of the Week 807
- Joelmacool, victor of Screenshot of the Month 199
- Sheik, victor of Screenshot of the Year 2023
- Twilight Knight (again), victor of Map of the Month 148
Map of the Month has recently returned as a regular feature, and after some hiatuses, Enemy of the Month and Screen Rebirth have both resumed with a regular schedule, so be sure to check them out!
That’s a wrap for this installment of the Monthly Feature! Next month we’ll have some more stuff to showcase, and so if *you* want to be featured… don’t be afraid to submit to the database!