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So long, Madeline. Celeste‘s final update, Farewell has arrived amid a busy week for Matt Makes Extremely OK Games. With a new studio name and a mysterious new game in the works, the future’s looking pretty interesting for the Vancouver team. But there’s still time for one last trip up Celeste Mountain, starting today.

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Celeste developer Matt Thorson has no plans to make a sequel to the acclaimed platformer, and says they will move on from it after the upcoming free DLC release.

“We don’t really want to make a sequel to [Celeste],” Thorson said in an email to IGN. “Maybe in the future, we’ll change our minds, but right now we don’t know how we’d do a sequel justice. And, besides, we’re way more interested in making something new for our next release.”

Thorson went on to explain that Chapter 9: Farewell will be the last content update for Celeste. The DLC will be free on all platforms and adds 100 new levels to the game, bringing Celeste's total number of levels to over 800. The new chapter also includes its own story, 40 minutes of new music, and “several brand new mechanics and items to discover and play with.”

It’s a bulky expansion, and Thorson doesn't want to set the expectation that all DLC like it will be free in the future. “First of all, we really should be charging for it,” Thorson said, explaining that they “don’t like setting expectations that expansions of this size should be free.”

“We want to be clear to our audience that we're only able to release this for free because we're in a very fortunate position right now, and that this really isn't a reasonable thing to expect from any developer, including us, in the future,” said Thorson.

Chapter 9: Farewell will release September 9.

Celeste

Celeste will get its long-awaited Chapter 9 DLC next week—on September 9, to be precise. The announcement was made in a new blogpost by Matt Thorson, where they also announced that their studio Matt Makes Games is rebranding as Extremely OK Games LTD.

The free Chapter 9 DLC will feature over 100 new levels, 40 minutes of new music by Lena Raine, and it'll boast "several brand new mechanics and items to discover and play with". Be warned though, that it's going to be tough: you'll need to have already completed Chapter 8 of the existing game, too. 

As for that studio name change, Thorson writes that it only makes sense, given that it's not really just Matt making games, anymore. "I started Matt Makes Games when I was working solo in my parents' basement, and I never thought I'd be working with such an amazing team on games of this scale," they wrote. 

"On TowerFall, my collaborators took a larger role than I anticipated, and on Celeste, it was obvious that calling ourselves Matt Makes Games had become silly. Forming EXOK has also conveniently allowed us to restructure things in a more equitable fashion, so that we can all share ownership over our collective efforts."

Celeste was widely acclaimed when it released early last year. I reviewed it here, calling it an "engaging, vibrant and challenging platformer that adds narrative to a genre often shy of it.

Celeste

Celeste's long-awaited free DLC update, titled Chapter 9: Farewell, finally has a release date! It'll be launching on all platforms (although there's apparently potential for slippage on Xbox One) next Monday, 9th September.

Celeste's free DLC update was initially unveiled last December, when creator Matt Thorson revealed that the team would be releasing a set of "very hard" new levels in early 2019 to celebrate the critically acclaimed platformer having sold 500,000 copies.

Chapter 9: Farewell, which obviously now arrives somewhat later than expected, is a fresh story chapter containing more than 100 new levels (making for over 800 in total, if you're keeping track), incorporating a selection of new mechanics. There are no B- or C-Sides this time around, but it does bring 40 minutes of brand-new music, courtesy of Lena Raine.

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INSIDE - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

“Inside does insert some big ideas into its slender and sinister frame, but that’s not why I loved it it’s the execution of the big, broad, b-movie elements that I adored,” our former Adam (RPS in peace) said when we called Inside one of 2016’s best games.

“It’s a tricky platform game, with a beautifully melancholy story, and enough creativity on show to give me strength even when the going got so tough I almost lost hope,” Adam (again) said in our Celeste review in 2018.

Good pair of platformers, those, and quite different. Good news too: both are currently free for keepsies on the Epic Games Store.

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FEZ

If you're looking for more ways to expand that list of games that you really, really honestly will get round to playing eventually but probably not right now because you've still got a load of other ones to get through, then I'm pleased to inform you that Fez is currently free on the Epic Store. Oh, and that Inside and Celeste will be free next week too.

Fez, for those yet to experience its multi-dimensional charms, is, at first glance, a sort of puzzle-y platformer in the retro, side-scrolling mould. Before too long, however, its 2D protagonist discovers that their world isn't quite as flat as they'd been led to believe, beginning a slightly brain-scrambling adventure that requires players to flip through the world's previously hidden sides. Really, it makes more sense if you see it in action.

Eurogamer, it's fair to say, adored Fez when it released back in 2012. Oli Welsh gave it a Eurogamer Essential badge well before they were a thing, and everybody else refused to shut up about it, even going as far as to crown it Game of the Year.

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Celeste

Celeste creator Matt Thorson has revealed Celeste's upcoming DLC will contain over 100 new levels but has still yet to confirm when the free content will be available.

Celeste's free DLC was initially unveiled last December when Thorson revealed that the team would be releasing a set of "very hard" new levels in early 2019 in celebration of the game selling 500,000 copies. Earlier this year, however, Thorson said the new content wouldn't make Celeste's first anniversary on January 25th, but confirmed in April that the challenging platformer's DLC was "on the home stretch of development".

"Celeste Chapter 9 has over 100 levels! ...we've been detailing them for weeks now," Thorson recently said by way of his personal Twitter account (thanks, PC Gamer).

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Celeste

Challenging platformer Celeste's upcoming free DLC will be even more generous than I first thought: it will contain more than 100 levels, creator Matt Thorson revealed yesterday, which is more than the dev team initially intended.

To put that in perspective, the full game had just over 700 levels, so this Chapter 9 DLC is another significant slice. We already know that these new levels will be "extra hard", will not contain any collectible strawberries, and will have new items and mechanics.

The DLC doesn't yet have a release date, and Thorson said the ballooning scope has caused the team to miss internal targets.

Given how good the base game was, I'm sure it will be worth waiting for. Shaun's review called Celeste an "engaging, vibrant and challenging platformer", and it was one of 2018's standout games.  

Celeste

Celeste developer Matt Makes Games has offered a progress update on the sublime platformer's previously announced free DLC, explaining that while it won't release this month, it's "on the home stretch of development".

Celeste's free DLC was initially unveiled last December, when creator Matt Thorson, in celebration of the game having sold 500,000 copies since launch, revealed that the team would be releasing a set of "very hard" new levels in early 2019.

Thorson popped up again at the start of this year, apologising that the new content wouldn't make Celeste's first anniversary on January 25th.

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