With ghost hunting horror co-op game Phasmophobia having just had its first anniversary, developer Kinetic Games has celebrated the milestone achievement with the launch of a brand new update that adds a single-player mode to the game.
The update, which was revealed in a post on Phasmophobia's Steam update page, makes a number of changes to the game, ranging from small bug fixes to the more noteworthy addition of a solo mode. For those of you brave enough to tackle the game's many haunted locales without backup, the game's new single-player experience allows players to play Phasmophobia without connecting to its servers.
A number of other revisions were also made as part of the anniversary update. The journal has been overhauled and made easier to use, and now allowing players to cross off evidence found and change settings from the pages. Tweaks to contracts will now mean that the payout amount received for failing a level will be rewarded in terms of the level's selected difficulty, while failing a contract will now automatically show you what the ghost type was.
New fonts have also been added to the game for several languages with missing characters, and the VR mute button has been remapped as the pause button for all controllers. Ghost orbs that appear during some contracts will now periodically change position in the room that the ghost is inhabiting, and players will now no longer be able to see the D.O.T.S Projector ghost if they have been killed.
Kinetic Games also took the chance in the update post to thank its fans for their support toward the game. "It has been an amazing year for Kinetic Games and Phasmophobia and I would like to thank everyone for their amazing support," the post reads.
"Today, Phasmophobia is one of the highest rated games on Steam which is incredible and something I never imagined happening. It doesn't stop there either, we have many great updates planned for the future including this Halloween!"
While we wait to hear more about what lies ahead for Phasmo's upcoming Halloween update, players can head into the game's main menu area, which has received a party-themed anniversary redesign for fans to celebrate together in. If you're new to Phasmophobia, make sure to check out how the game uses audio to hunt its players.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. In his time with Phasmophobia, he often aggravates its many horrors before leaving his friends to face the consequences. You can follow him on Twitter.