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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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!

Translation:
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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September 19

What we're up to - Major content update coming in October/ Early November



Damn zombies staying alive...always ruining my moves...anyway...

Hey there!

The last few weeks have been quite busy for us, as we traveled in Cologne and Seattle for the Gamescom and PAX events. It was amazing meeting Dead Cells players and showing our game off to a bunch of new people. Fortunately, it’s not over! This week we’re now heading to the EGX in Birmingham AND to Tokyo for the TGS. See ya there!

Now, let’s talk about the schedule for the next patch. We’re aiming to open the beta to the fourth update around the end of October. There is a stack of interdependent content in there that we can’t split into smaller updates which is why we need to take the time to do it right. But we promise the wait will be worth it!

The fourth installment will see the addition of new gameplay features, major content updates and the reworking of existing mechanics. As soon as we come back from the UK we’ll begin revealing the things you can expect to see in the update, so stick around or hit the “Follow” button on the store page so you know what we’re up to!

On a side note, we’ve been doing a lot of optimization lately to improve your in-game experience. The DirectX support isn’t ready to come out of Beta yet, but a better build should be out soon (hopefully… hehe nervous laughter...). Ah… And we’ve since unlocked the all of the items in the Daily Run mode of the game! So get in and see how you stack up against your friends.

Last but not least, we would like to begin showing you guys some of the awesome and/or whacky art coming out of the community. We think it’s amazing what you guys have been creating and we’d like to see more, so the least we can do is share it around and try hope you’ll keep this stuff coming!

Today’s community’s highlights:

This was gifted to us during the recent PAX West by PacoLtd, and it looks even better in real life.




The cutest ugly worm ever done, by @meanweaviously:








We're proud to have been chosen by Przemysław decided to go with the Headless One (or Blobspierre, as some of its friends call him) for his cosplay:




Credits for the photos go to Ijidofoty.
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September 1

We're at PAX West! Come say hi! + Direct X Beta version!


Howdy ha!

We're at Pax West right now as part of the Indie MegaBooth, so come past and say hi! We'll be hanging around Seattle until Tuesday next week, so you might even find us in a bar somewhere...

Daily Challenge Mode and Pax Promo:
We're running a little promo to celebrate the launch of our Daily Run challenge mode and the fact that we're finally attending Pax West!

Basically there's a little 15% discount for anyone who's been following along and hasn't been able to get there hands on the game yet. We're also accepting beer in exchange for a key at an undisclosed location around town. 3 beers bought = 1 key... :kappa:

Direct X : For those of you who have the game...
For those awesome souls who have been supporting us throughout our Early Access experiment, here's a first draft of the Direct X version... It's available on the Beta Branch, which you can access by doing this:
  • Right click on the Dead Cells entry in your Steam Library and select 'properties'.
  • In the properties dialogue, go to the 'Betas' tab (top right).
  • Select the 'beta - Public beta branch' option in the dropdown.
  • Watch it install the changes.
  • Play.
When you load up now you will see a pop up that will allow you to choose the direct X version. DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!

This is a beta, we've tested it a bit, but not much, so it might wipe out your save, blow up your computer, or climb out of your screen like that creepy lady from The Ring and try to mess up your day...

You've been warned.

Dire warnings of doom and ruin aside, we'd love to have your feedback in the forums! It might lag like hell on your computer, or it might REDUCE THE STUTTERING to a distant nightmare... Let us know!

Patch notes:
As usual the patch notes can be found here or over on our site here.
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Reviews

“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.”
Kotaku

“[...] 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).

Features:


  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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+
    Recommended:
    • 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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