Dead Cells is a rogue-lite, metroidvania action-platformer. You'll explore a sprawling, ever-changing castle... assuming you’re able to fight your way past its keepers in 2D souls-lite combat. No checkpoints. Kill, die, learn, repeat.
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Release Date:
May 10, 2017

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

TLDR: Dead Cells is lots of fun right now, Early Access will make it even better. It'll last about 8 - 12 months. We will try to double the content. Right now you have about 16 - 20 hours on average for one playthrough. The price will probably increase during/after the EA. We will work very closely with the community to improve the game.

Now the full version:

Early access is a fantastic way for us to put what is already a fairly solid game in your hands and take the time to turn it into something really special. The Steam community is loaded with experienced rogue-lite fans and we don’t want to miss out on taking advantage of your feedback, suggestions and ideas.

In its current state, the concept and mechanics are definitely far enough along to give the community a good idea about what we want to do with this title. However it’s still early enough for us to catch any mistakes that we might have made, or to take on board new concepts and propositions. This is why we think now is the right time to be part of Early Access.

Fresh perspectives from what we hope will be a bunch of qualified and implicated players? That’s how you take a step back and improve your game, beyond what you could have done all alone in your studio.

Dead Cells is currently in Beta, which means that while it is relatively bug free and feature complete, we’re planning on breaking things and trying out new ideas. Get involved if you like what you see, bring us bug reports, ideas, complaints or cookies.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We will need at least 8 months to implement everything that we already have planned. Taking into account community feedback and requested features, we could go up to 12 months or even more.

We feel like this is a reasonably accurate estimation of the time we'll need, as we've been working on this iteration of the game for a bit over a year now, starting from the ground up. Of course this is early access, anything could happen and our crystal ball refuses to be drawn on the result of the French elections or the exact date we'll leave Early Access.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Ultimately we would like to come near to doubling the currently available content. So that means more; levels, enemies, items, bosses and meta skills. The core of the game right now is very fun, the combat is tight and punchy, the difficulty is pretty well balanced and there is a solid amount of variation in monsters and levels.

However we plan to iterate over every aspect of the game until it is as close to perfect as you can get. That means everything is subject to change, we might add; new locked areas that need new powers to access, new weapon classes, new meta game systems, new skins for monsters, basically if it’s not 150% awesome and you let us know, we’ll make it better.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At day one of the Early Access we have:

  • 11 Levels - Each one with varied monsters, level designs and secrets to discover.
  • 2 Bosses - We're really hoping to do these guys right, so go forth and destroy them.
  • 50 or so weapons and skills
  • 2 special powers, for unlocking new areas (metroidvania gear lock items)
  • 1 Complete, fluid and fun to play combat system
  • Hours of fun (depending on your skill, anything from 10 to 30 hours or more)
  • A few rage-quits

In practical terms Dead Cells is an attempt at combining the progressive exploration of a Metroidvania, with the high stakes replayability of a Rogue-lite. Special powers that unlock new areas and paths, secret rooms, big boss battles and character progression, with randomised loot, permadeath, fast paced punishing combat and massive replayability.

On the game design side of things, we've got the monsters, combat and loot system down. All of this takes place in hand designed levels that are proceduraly assembled each run, meaning you never know where the secrets are or exactly where you're going. However we're still building the world you'll be exploring, so you'll be playing regular updates with new levels, bosses and ways to explore the levels and progress through the game. Meaning that the game will only reach its full potential as we keep adding content.

But don’t worry, what you see here is well and truly enough for you to risk losing your job because: “one more run”.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes. We will probably increase the price during or after the early access based on the amount of content available and feedback from the community.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We're looking forward to working with the community on a number of fronts:

Balancing the game:
We want a tough but fair experience. Unjust situations should be hunted down and eliminated. We’re aiming for that sweet spot between a (very) challenging game and a broken controller and we’re counting on the community helping out alot with this.

Suggestions and ideas:
We actively encourage members of the community to contribute their ideas on how to improve the game with new content or design ideas. We have a pretty clear vision of what we want to create, but we'd like to be able to incorporate any awesome ideas we receive from you where possible.

Bug hunting:
We’ve done our best to provide as bug free an experience as we can. However, there will inevitably be crashes or performance issues. Whether they're caused by thousands of players with thousands of different rigs and a gazillion configurations, or just us having a brain fart while coding, we want them bugs! I gotta get me my bugs Morty! I need my bugs MORTY!

We are currently investigating ways of letting the community help us translate the game and bring Dead Cells to as many people who want to get involved. More to come on this.

Test Branches:
During the Early Access, two versions of Dead Cells will be available to players. A beta branch will allow the most hardcore of the hardcore to come and test out our latest ideas. It’s here that we’ll do most of our patching and fixing. Once it passes muster we’ll push it to the rest of the community and then clean up any mess that we made coding without coffee.”
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February 2

Roadmap update and new alpha available for the brave few...

Heya friends,

Hope everything is going well for you! On our side, the first month of 2018 has been an opportunity to reflect on the past year and the crazy journey we began with you 8 months ago, when we launched Dead Cells into Early Access. It's definitely not the same game we started with, and we owe the community for many of the improvements we’ve implemented since then.

It's now time to lay out what's left to be done before coming out of Early Access. Of course, everything is subject to change, we're only humans in a world full of uncertainties, etc. etc. you know the usual disclaimers, but here is how the things are planned for now:

We're almost done with the development of the last level and the final boss of Dead Cells (before the release). We're reopening the Alpha Branch soon to let the most dedicated players take on the game breaking bugs and bring us the first batch of feedback we need to tweak these two majors additions. Then, the content will be made available on the Beta Branch, opening it to more players and letting us polish it until it’s up to our usual standard of completion.

From here the team will be breaking up into smaller tactical strike groups. We’re close to V1.0, but there are still stacks of things to do. Some of us will be working on the next “mini updates” that will be coming out between now and launch. Some of the devs will be completing the Mac and Linux versions of the game. Pretty much all of us will have a lot of QA work to do. Finally, there will still be some of us working on new content. Let’s take a look at the details.

After the 6th update goes live in March we’ll push 1 or two (depending on time) mini-updates that will contain some extra content that we’ve been working on; challenge room re-works, more tinkering with the Forge mechanic, UI and cosmetic changes, balancing, QA updates, bug fixes and all of that other good stuff that will help us move towards something that we can call “finished”.

This also when we will be looking to finally bring the game to the Linux and Mac communities, as promised. We hope you can forgive us for having to reschedule the release of these builds until much closer to the end of the early access, it was done to keep us from losing time maintaining multiple builds.

Some lucky beggars (next round is on you by the way) will be focused on finding clever ways of implementing the lore of Dead Cells for the 1.0 release. We're still experimenting in order to find the right process of telling the story without messing with the pacing of the game. This will probably take a while and is the last major missing piece of the puzzle.

But wait! It doesn’t end with 1.0. We think we’ve shown that we’re committed to doing Early Access right, but we’re also all about doing games right. So, as we approach the final release, we’ll have some of our guys hard at work thinking up our first free DLC content addition. And by content, we mean playable, explorable, fightable content. This will come soon after the V1.0 release of the game and did I mention that it’ll be free?

Here is a TLDR; version of the roadmap to make sure we're all on the same page. We’ll also mention some events we wish to attend, so you can come insult us or buy us a beer, or even both, depending on where you side on the whole "Dead Cells coming to console" deal.

February: Opening the Alpha branch (and then the Beta branch in the course of the month) to the player willing to test the 6th Update.

March: Release of the 6th Update. Team breaks up into tactical assault teams. Some take the plane for San Francisco where we will be attending the GDC.

Mid/Late April: Release of the first mini update. We will be in Boston for the Pax East and London for the Rezzed expo.

May/June: Linux and Mac builds available.

Q3/Q4 2018: Release out of Early Access.

2 to 4 months after the release: Content heavy Free DLC

Beyond: No idea, but if you got some, put it in the comments!

Finally, to address the concerns that porting the game to console will slow down the dev. We’ve always had a technical team here working behind the scenes on optimizing the game and making sure our tech works on all the different rigs out there. We’ve hired an extra technical developer, so he and another technical team member are responsible for making the console things work. This means that the gameplay guys, the team that has been building your levels/bosses, the same guys in charge of finishing the game, will be free to continue doing their thing without having to slow down for anything other than gameplay related issues (or life, one of them is expecting their first kid in March for example). Seeing the reactions… Well, it maaaaaay have been a good idea to mention that last week when announcing the console version, so apologies for the undue heart palpitations.

Now to finish up on a high note and draw attention to the great people out there who fill our days with cool drawings, funny memes and awesome comics.

Peace out,
The Motion Twin Team

Community Highlights

Dead Cells' icons for Twitch, done by Cyanmigou for our streamer friend

An awesome comic by Life In Aggro!

Dead Cells Fanart, by daemonstar

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January 25

Dead Cells coming to console, new trailer and more community highlights.

( "No thanks", courtesy of steam user Kyrozen)

Heya friends!

Long time no see. We're sorry for the recent lack of communication, we've been swamped preparing the console announcement. Speaking of which…

… We're damn thrilled to let you know that we're bringing Dead Cells to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4.

Who cares!?! This is the fricken PC man!

Alright, but you may know someone who only owns a console or something… Okay, who I am I kidding? We're just super happy and can't keep ourselves from telling the world about it. So there. I said it.

What about, ya know… Updates?

We have a few thing to figure out, but more info will be coming next week on our current plans for the following months.

Also if you're interested in some more technical details on how we get that fluid pixel art animation going on... Our talented Art Director Thomas Vasseur put together this blog post on the process.

Signing off on some awesome artworks done by the community!

Dead Cells Fan Art, by @mknol.

A badass PixelArt tribute, by @PencayFome

Dead Cells' meme (<3) by Reddit user Roguelikegall

A great phone wallpaper, by Elkopolo (again). Take also a look at his profile to see awesome weapon concepts!

See ya next week!

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“Dead Cells may be the most fun I've had in a game all year.”
9/10 – Polygon

“[...] The game smartly dissects what’s so exciting about Metroidvanias (exploring labyrinthine levels packed with variety, unlocking new abilities that re-contextualize areas you already passed through) and reassembles those things around a compulsive roguelike core.”

“[...] Dead Cells is worthy of its own invention. It’s not just a roguevania – it’s a damn good roguevania.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

Roguelite? Metroidvania? Roguevania!

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 it.

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.

Dead Cells is currently in Early Access and comes with:

  • 11 Levels - Each one with its own atmosphere, foes and secrets to discover.
  • 2 Bosses - Made by the most sadistic of the devs, raised on the salt of the testers.
  • 50 or so weapons and skills - Spears, swords, bows, freeze blast, etc.
  • 2 special powers, unlocking new areas and paths (metroidvania gear lock items).
  • 1 epic responsive, fluid and fun to play combat system.
  • 1 Daily Run Mode Complete with leaderboards for lording it over your mates.
  • Hours of fun (depending on your skill, anything from 10 to 30 hours or more).
  • A few rage-quits, Ok a lot of rage quits… But you’ll git gud… Eventually.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Intel i5+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 450 GTS / Radeon HD 5750 or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.2+
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Intel i5+
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 460 / Radeon HD 7800 or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 3.2+
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