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Lethal Company's latest patch wins my award for best arachnophobia mode of the year

Patch 45 coming through with the goofs and gafs.

The player points a flashlight at a small spacecraft that delivers items in Lethal Company
Image credit: Zeekerss

Lethal Company patch 45 is here, adding in things like key binding and other tweaks, but most important of all is its arachnophobia mode.

Giant spiders in video games is a tale as old as time. They're a classic type of enemy, and sometimes, you just need to put one in your game. Lethal Company, the Steam viral hit that's been outselling Call of Duty, has one too in the form of its Bunker Spider. Of course, there are plenty of people out there with arachnophobia that simply can't play games with spiders in them, a completely understandable issue. With accessibility becoming more and more prevalent in games, it's also become broader, with some games now adding in arachnophobia modes to help those manage their fear. And Lethal Company's newly added arachnophobia mode might take the cake for the best one I've seen - at the very least it's the best one in 2023 (no I don't know if any other games released this year had one, go away).

Cover image for YouTube videoVersion 45 Trailer

Quite simply, it just replaces the 3D model of a spider with just the word spider. No floating, very roughly spider-shaped sphere, or anything like that. It's just the word spider. Honestly, in a game that already offers plenty of funny moments, you would think it couldn't get any better, but dang did this mode get a chuckle out of me.

Developer Zeekerss shared the latest patch notes on Steam, but you can read the full list below:

Added chemistry flasks and dramatic Masks, nutcrackers with guns and spray paint cans for funs. Rail cheese has been nearly destroyed, but the forest giant is easier to avoid. Added to radar boosters the "flash" command, and the ship's new "signal translator" will be in great demand. Keybind settings are in, and I gave the item delivery ship a jolly spin. Gravity is more dangerous, but improved Mansion map generations will be good for us. Arachnophobia mode will ease your fear, and I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

If you've been needing any help with dealing with Lethal Company's monsters, then you might want to check out our handy monsters guide for all of your spider or otherwise woes.

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Oisin is a non-binary writer based in the UK with bylines in Polygon, Fanbyte, Uppercut, Rock Paper Shotgun, GameSpot, and many more besides.