Nether is a unique, first-person, multiplayer urban survival experience. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Nether forces players to make life-saving decisions in a fast-paced struggle against players and the environment. Join tribes, hold territory, scavenge, craft, trade and loot your way to stay alive.
User reviews: Mixed (15,352 reviews) - 48% of the 15,352 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 5, 2014

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November 24

Nether 11/24 Patch Notes

Hello All,

We tried to get as many fixes in as possible but had a late start and early finish. While not everything made it in, the next patch will also contain bug fixes and any remaining exploit fixes. Afterwards we will work on modding. Hope you all have a good Thanksgiving break and enjoy time with your loved ones.

We'll push the update in 30 minutes.


PS: Be back in a week. Taking a much needed break.

Patch Notes:
1. Hitboxes updated. Should address bunny hopping tanks, prone and crouching players, and no damage when hit.
2. Backpacks can no longer be overloaded by buying items from the shop.
3. Money drops from players don't give a bonus on pickup.(Addresses Money Farming issue)
4. Added PvE server option (Read below)
5. Removed double keybinding
6. Food and Health cooldowns
7. Removed bindable disconnect function
8. Reverted footstep sounds.
9. Fixed thirdperson mode not being toggled.

How To:
The Nether Server Settings document is what you'd want to change. This is located in your My Documents/ My Games/ Nether/ NetherGame/ SaveData folder.

If you don't see AllowThirdPerson or Allow PvEMode in there, you could do two things:
1. Delete the document on the machine, rerun the server to create a new version with these values.
2. Add them manually to the end, "AllowThirdPerson":false,"AllowPvEMode":false

- Set them to true if you want them enabled, they are off by default.

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November 21

BETA Branch!

We've unlocked a beta branch for anyone wanting to get the latest stable build and try out any of the new features.You should see a "Betas" tab when you right click on the game in your library and go into properties.

Most of the new stuff are exploit fixes. The latest thing was a hitbox change which will prevent issues like prone and crouch not registering hits.

The next patch should be out EOD Tuesday!


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“it sets itself apart from similar games such as Day-Z”
4/5 – Invisioncommunity

“its impressive recreation of a fallen city, proves to be a game you can get lost in for quite some time”
8.5/10 – Cramgaming

“Nether is a fantastic experience that, in the end, comes down to personal preference on how you choose to play it”
8/10 – GodisaGeek

About This Game

NETHER...IS...BACK! We have rolled back the game to Summer of 2014, when it first left Early Access and was still being developed by us, Phosphor Games Studio.

- Single Player enabled: It was not possible before, but now it's working, and it's hard! Have fun surviving the monster-filled urban apocalypse alone
- No more micro-transactions: all items can be bought with in game cash
- Multiplayer via player hosted servers! The old back end ripped out - no need for any login besides Steam. You control your community, and nobody can take your game from you again

- Custom server settings: you decided how many players, how many Nether, how much gun spawns, etc.
- Modding tools!
- Bug fixes (including playing as a Nether, which was always pretty buggy

Nether is a fast-paced survival game that forces you to make quick life-saving decisions in an unforgiving environment. In this post-apocalyptic urban world, death is waiting around every corner, at the top of high-rise buildings, and in the grasp of powerful teleporting creatures known as 'Nethers'. These creatures and the other players are real challenges to overcome, requiring tactical gameplay, awareness, stealth, and cooperation. To navigate this high-tension environment, you must use skill and cunning in order to scavenge, trade, craft or loot for food, weapons, supplies, and other resources necessary to stay alive in a desolate and dangerous city. Team up with other survivors and take advantage of group play, as a tribe, to complete treacherous world objectives, or play as a lone wolf in an attempt to endure the hostile environment. In the end you must decide whether to Prey or Pray.

Key Features

The game's landscape is a beautifully conceived vision of a post apocalyptic Chicago, ravaged by disaster and time. Almost every low and high-rise building can be individually explored in a cityscape that stretches 150 blocks. Beyond the city lies the Wastelands, an unforgiving desolate landscape that is slowly sinking into the earth.

Start off, armed only with a kitchen knife and scavenge your way through an environment on a daily battle to stay alive. Beware the Nether, poor mutated souls who roam the city in search of human flesh. Scavenge for food and water to stay nourished, and search for useful items that could be crafted into makeshift weapons to help in your battle for life. Hunt and kill Nether to trade their body parts to the mysterious Cult located in the few markets that scatter the city. Over time, build up your skills and earn rewards for surviving each precious new day. But always beware of the other survivors who may be only one moment away from death, and see killing you and looting your possessions as their only salvation.

Find safety in numbers by joining a tribe. Only tribes can capture and own territory, and the urban landscape is the perfect setting for turf domination. Compete with rival tribes in territory wars for control of the city by capturing strategic landmarks to reap resources and experience; prove your dominance over all other tribes. Spy on rival tribes or infiltrate and kill them by playing as a Nether. Ambush them from above by swooping in for the kill using the wing suit. Tribes change the survival experience by establishing a true social construct, with all the consequences of behavior that you would expect in the real world. Your actions have real repercussions enforced organically through reputation and standing.

Players can complete an assortment of individual or group missions to earn money, experience and reputation. Perform vital supply runs between the markets, work with your tribe to take down the swarms of Nether lead by the vicious boss Reaper that sporadically surge to attack neighborhoods, or keep the creatures out of the Safezones by working in groups to repair the anti-nether devices when they fail.

Nether offers a wide variety of character customization and allows you to play as a male or female character. There is a huge selection of cosmetic items and player taunts to assert your individuality along with entire outfits to play roles like survivalist, soldier and biker - or even just play in your underwear.

  • Host your own private servers and control your settings and player population
  • First-person perspective creates a true survival experience
  • Meld of PvE (player versus environment) and PvP (player versus player) gameplay
  • New weapons and items become available as players explore the game world
  • Up to 64 players per game server
  • Single purchase, downloadable client allows full game access without subscription

System Requirements

    • OS: Vista/Windows 7 *64-BIT OS REQUIRED*
    • Processor: 2.4 GHZ Quad Core or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460/ATI Radeon HD 5850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
    • OS: Windows 7 *64-BIT OS REQUIRED*
    • Processor: 2.4 GHZ Quad Core or Better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
186 of 206 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
46.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This review was made after the recent Nether update 10.28.2015.

I love this game, even though the mechanics of the game is similar in a way to H1Z1 and DayZ, this one is more of a unique one. The world design, lighting, environment is great.

And now since Phosphor Games is back developing Nether, I can't wait what they will bring to Nether now as they removed microtransactions, Nether is no longer P2W!

I hope Phosphor Games continue to develop this game and turn it to a better game in the future.
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119 of 136 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
305.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Now that it's back in good hands, this product has my full support again.
The devteam is very passionate, takes time out of their work to talk to concerned players (You da man, Puppet) and is working very hard to get the fans the game they adored so much.

11/10, despite the rough patch PureFPS threw it through.
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90 of 101 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Game is back alive, Single player as of right now and soon to be player ran servers, can't wait! All P2W Features have been ripped out and all MBER stuff is also out. Welcome to the true nether!

Edit: As of last night (October 30th) 3 DAYS after SP was released, Multiplayer was released for the public. It was predicted for a week out. Basic Server functions nothing major for admin control, but its still there.
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75 of 86 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
123.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
the original devs are back and doing their best to fix what the other guys f**ked up the single player mode they released is challenging but real fun.....give these guys a chance
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43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
99.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Ignore the naysayers who don't know the true story behind this game. We need to give Phosphor Games a second chance. They were replaced with an incompetent dev team which ultimately resulted in Nether's downfall. Phosphor Games had no control over that. It isn't their fault. Fortunately, they are back in control and I guarantee that they will do this game right and redeem it.
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