is now officially available for Windows, Linux, and macOS,
following more than a year of Early Access
(thanks Mordecai). This "rogue-lite," metroidvania-inspired, action-platformer
carries a 20% launch discount, there is a bundle that includes the full
soundtrack, and it is also part of a
Metroidvania Bundle on Steam
with an even bigger discount.
celebrates the news, and promises free DLC or a free update is
part of their post-release plan for the game. Let's parse some genres, shall we?:
You grew up with the roguelikes, witnessed the rise of the roguelites and even
the birth of the roguelite-lites? We'd now like to present for your
consideration our RogueVania, the illegitimate child of a modern
Roguelite (Rogue Legacy, Binding of Isaac, Enter the Gungeon, Spelunky,
etc.) and an old-school MetroidVania (Castlevania: SotN and its ilk).
- RogueVania: The progressive exploration of
an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the
adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath.
- 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair
combat, more than fifty weapons and spells with unique gameplay, and of
course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble.
- Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or
Remparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new
paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current
build, your play style or just your mood.
- Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages,
charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that
fresh sea mist infused air...
Interconnected levels and progressive unlocking of access to the island
provides you with a real incentive to explore your surroundings. Add in a degree
of evolution for your character and permanent weapon upgrades and you can see
where Dead Cells borrows from the long line of MetroidVanias that precede
At the end of the day though, it’s YOUR skills as a player that matter most!
Roguelites are about constantly getting better, until what was an
insurmountable obstacle becomes a walk in the park. Unforgiving combat wed to
the absence of any kind of safety net makes for an adrenalin pumping ride each
and every run and unrivaled replayability.