Dead Cells Sells Over Five Million Units

Dead Cells

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Motion Twin have announced roguelite Metroidvania Dead Cells has sold over five million copies worldwide.

As previously reported, the game tasks you to control a smoldering blob-like creature, who in turn controls the corpse of a recently beheaded prisoner. Pick from a variety of weapons, thwart deadly foes, uncover secrets, and tailor your stats appropriately each run through the non-linear and randomly generated prison.

The press release states Dead Cells has sold over five million units worldwide across all platforms; one million of which came from mobile units in China “within a few days.” Speaking of mobile, the previously announced Bad Seed DLC was also announced to be heading to mobile platforms on March 30th for $3.99 USD (€3.99 EUR).

The Bad Seed DLC adds two new levels (the Arboretum acting as an alternative to The Courtyard, and The Swamp for The Ramparts), a new Heart of the Swamp boss as an alternative to The Concierge, and new weapons and foes.

You can find the full rundown on the game (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 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 available on Windows PC, Linux, Mac (all via GamersGateGOG, and Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Android, and iOS. If you missed it, you can find our review here (we recommend it!)

Image: GamersGate

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Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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