Hacknet Gets 3-4 Hour Expansion In December

Spiritual successor to Uplink and 2nd best hacking game ever Hacknet [official site] is getting a 3-4 hour expansion pack at the end of the year. Hacknet Labyrinths injects a new gang of cyberpunks into the game, led by a fella called Kaguya who wants some favours from you. Considering it only takes about 7 or 8 hours to complete the base game, that’s a chunky bit of extra stuff.

If you missed Hacknet, it’s a hacking sim that has you type commands into a terminal to break into tons of corporate and private computers, all in an attempt to figure out who killed a notorious hacker called ‘Bit’. You bounce around servers, gaining illicit entry against the clock, and become acquainted with mysterious groups who give you tasks to prove your cyber-cred, for example, defacing the website of a global chain of fried chicken restaurants.

In Labyrinths you’ll be joining a group of elite hackers as they plan and execute a series of “data heists” across the net. There are some new tools, such as the Memory Analyzer, but don’t ask me what that does. And you’ll use an IRC style chat system to talk to your new criminal buddies, whereas before it was all email. Meanwhile, the original stuff has more secrets and tidbits added as well.

I’m a big fan of the genre, so I’ll probably be heading back for a replay myself. My clearest memory of the original story is infiltrating a company’s emails only to discover that the CEO was creepily obsessed with seeing himself and could not stop ordering and installing mirrors in the company’s offices. I hope there’s more of that. Labyrinths comes out in December for $4.99.


  1. Talahar says:

    Hacknet was great fun, more is always welcome. This will definitely be picked up!

  2. grrrz says:

    nice! too bad there isn’t a mulitple save system to examine the different branchings in the story.

  3. DrazharLn says:

    Bought hacknet based on this article. Not very impressed :(

    No real challenge to it and I found the humour a bit tasteless. Uplink is lots better.

    A particular annoyance to anyone with programming experience will be that the actions you perform as the “hacker” could be easily automated (probing for vulnerabilities then running exploit scripts). The shell doesn’t work properly either :-(

  4. RicoXIII says:

    Very fun game and if you have a keyboard with programmable macro-keys you can be lazy like me, regarding the repeating commands ;)
    Also very funny XCOM reference regarding Dr Vahlen^^