Rogue-lite Action-Platformer and Metroidvania Game “Dead Cells” Heads to Consoles

French developer Motion Twin has announced console ports for their rogue-lite action-platformer Dead Cells.

The game, which is currently available for PC via Steam Early Access, will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch sometime this year. Featured above, you can view a new trailer for the game’s console ports.

While the game is still in development, the Early Access version currently includes these features:

  • 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.

Here’s a rundown on the 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).

Key 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.



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  1. OldPalpy
    January 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    “RogueVania, the illegitimate child of a modern Roguelite (Rogue Legacy”
    Uhh isn’t Rogue Legacy already a RogueVania?

  2. Mr0303
    January 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    It looks good, but I’m not a fan of rogue-like games.

  3. Neojames82
    January 25, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    I really enjoy this game. Played it for hours; great visuals; sounds; soundtrack. Yes it is a rouge-like but It’s pretty fast pace and it isn’t as punishing as others. Glad it is getting a console release. :)

  4. UnpluggedBeta
    January 26, 2018 at 1:05 am

    It’s decent, but needs better progression before it leaves early access.

  5. Bazzy
    January 26, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Sounds like they intent on releasing it this year as well, i don’t think it would come to consoles otherwise. As far as i know dead cells is already a good game, so i hope it will get even better until it releases.

  6. VersVlees
    January 26, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I quite enjoyed this game and I hope they will add more levels soon.

  7. totenglocke
    January 26, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Whoa, TWO bosses?! That’s too intense for most gamers!