Motion Twin, the developers behind the popular rogue-lite Metroidvania game Dead Cells, have announced that the upcoming Update 35 will be the last major content release for the game. The update titled ‘The End Is Near' is still in the alpha stage, but the team is working hard to get it ready for release as soon as possible.
Over seven years, Dead Cells has received four major DLC expansions, a mobile release, and 35 title updates. However, the current developer, Evil Empire, has decided to move on to other projects. The studio hinted at “secret projects” in the works, and fans are eagerly awaiting to see more of those.
After 5 years of service, we're hanging up the Dead Cells coat. We're extremely proud of our work on countless updates & DLC, but now it's time for something shiny and new, or maybe more than one thing 😏 More on that very soon…
Read our full statement below👇 #deadcells https://t.co/CqbNvNXGu1 pic.twitter.com/RAz8OL1SCC
— Evil Empire (@Studio_Evil) February 9, 2024
As per the developer, “avoiding the ‘more of the same' trap and keeping Dead Cells fresh and original has led [them] to this point”. Like with other long-running games, overextending can negatively affect a game as it becomes repetitive and risks diminishing what makes it unique. Motion Twin has assured fans that they will continue to find solutions for long-term bug fixes and quality-of-life concerns after the release of Update 35. The team is also working on their next action-roguelike game, Windblown, announced during last year's Game Awards.
There have been speculations that Evil Empire's Return To Castlevania DLC was a dry run for a full-fledged Castlevania game with Konami. However, what the team has in store for their fans remains to be seen.
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