This article is about the resurrective cloning project. For the game based on the project of the same name, see Madness: Project Nexus. This article is outdated. It will be renovated soon.
Project Nexus is a scientific program aimed at the mass-production of soldiers in Nevada. Phobos was the leader of the project until his death. It is the primary focus of the Story Mode in the game Madness: Project Nexus. It was formed approximately 30 years prior to the present, and operated for 15 years before it was nearly destroyed in an insurrection. The chief scientist at the time, Dr. Christoff, played a key role in the program before the outbreak.
Most Nexus research was done at the Science Tower. Despite Christoff's best efforts, many scientists within the Project survived and remained loyal, eventually restarting the Project in Madness: Project Nexus 2 under a new banner: Nexus Core.
According to Christoff's clipboard in the intro cutscene of Episode 1.5 of Madness: Project Nexus, the program was formed due to "inadequate soldier numbers." The cloning was performed on the resurrected deceased rather than the living most likely for safety reasons because of imperfect cloning defects. The project eventually lead to the formation of undead creations such as zombies, sleepwalker patients, and abominations.
As revealed in Project Nexus 2, the project's true purpose was solely for the benefit of Director Phobos, in his pursuit of immortality and greater power. The excess of clones created in the Project's research were sold off in a front operation to provide funding and head off suspicion. Originally the clones were advertised to civilians as a way to extend their lives, escape diseases, learn new skills, or simply own butlers and wait staff. Over time marketing shifted to mercenary and paramilitary groups instead.
At some point in time, Dr. Christoff, disgusted at what his scientific efforts had been used to create, released the experiments in an attempt to destroy the project. Zombies and abominations broke free of confinement and began attacking scientists and soldiers such as agents; Christoff was blamed for this and became a liability. However, Christoff rose up and waged a one-man war against his former comrades. Christoff then took on the identity of Jesus, now wielding a powerful halo which he stole from the project.
Fifteen years after the outbreak, the project is still active. Supposedly, the cloning process had been perfected, or at least close to perfected, which was then used to mass-produce many Nexus units. It is unknown if abominations or sleepwalker patients still exist, as none had appeared in Episode 1 of Madness: Project Nexus. Hank, Sanford, and Deimos were sent on a mission to put the project to an end.
Based on the backstory of Arena Mode, it would suggest that Project Nexus' Training Program aims to improve its soldiers and attain combat skills that are on par with those of Hank, Sanford, and Deimos.
Within the Nexus Project are many unique unit types. Below is a list of the Nexus units and their levels of combat.
- Grunt - Level 1
- Agent - Level 2-4
- Agent Mk1 - Level 5-7
- Agent Mk0 - Level 9-11
- G03LM - Level 10
- G03LM Mk2 - Level 15
- Mag agent - Level 15
- Zombie - Level 4, 6, or 8 (depending on type)
- Zombie G03LM - Level 12
- Riot guard - Level 8
- Abomination - Level 4
- Sleepwalker patient - Level 6
- Sleepwalker experiment - Level 12
- Phobos - Level 40
- In the development of Madness: Project Nexus 2, The-Swain said that the Employers and the Auditor share the goal of taking down Project Nexus. This was changed in development, as the Auditor does not appear, and the A.A.H.W. is indifferent toward Nexus Core.