Dead Cells gets content roadmap, big updates planned for 2023

Dead Cells

Motion Twin have announced a content roadmap for their popular roguelite metroidvania Dead Cells, and the new content won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Despite releasing from Early Access way back in 2018, Dead Cells has still received a steady stream of new content, both as free updates and DLC. The last big DLC pack was The Queen and the Sea in January 2022, and more content is still in the pipeline.

Update 30 is currently in beta, and adds panchaku, a new flame head outfit based on the animated trailers, and a gigantic item rebalancing. This update will get a full release sometime in Summer 2022.

In Fall 2022, Dead Cells will get a Boss Rush mode, followed by a secret update in Winter 2022. While the details have yet to be released, Motion Twin promises that 2023 will be the biggest year for Dead Cells since its 1.0 launch from Early Access, with tons of new content being released throughout the year.

You can find a rundown (via Steam) below:

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 Ramparts? 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 adrenaline pumping ride each and every run and unrivaled replayability.

Dead Cells left Early Access on August 7th 2018 and comes with:

  • 13 Levels – Each one with its own atmosphere, foes and secrets to discover.
  • 4 Bosses – Made by the most sadistic of the devs, raised on the salt of the testers.
  • 90 or so weapons and skills – Spears, swords, bows, freeze blast, etc.
  • 4 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.

Dead Cells is available on Windows PC, Linux, Mac (via GOG and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, and iOS. If you missed it, you can find our review here (we recommend it!)



Frank was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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