The newest update has gone live on PC for Dead Cells, the popular roguelike Metroidvania developed and published by Motion Twin. The Wack-a-Mole update for Dead Cells gives players new weapons, an altered difficulty curve, quality of life improvements, and much more.
2017's Dead Cells recently hit a massive sales milestone, as the roguelike has now sold over 5 million copies. For any game that is impressive, but that is especially eye-popping for an indie-developed title. Perhaps part of the reason for the success is ongoing support by way of updates and content, and the Wack-a-Mole update is the latest example.
The highlight of the update is three heavy weapons: the Oven Axe, Toothpick, and Tombstone. There are also three new damage-focused mutations. That list includes the Execution, Barbed Tips, and Point Blank. The altered difficulty curve is also a key feature of the update, as is plenty of balancing adjustments, UI updates, bug fixes, and balancing work for the Fatal Falls DLC for Dead Cells.
Last December, the developer added a Holiday-themed update to Dead Cells as well, filled with new features, holiday-inspired outfits. and more. Developer Motion Twin is wise to keep Dead Cells alive with ongoing free updates and paid DLC. As far as the Wack-a-Mole update, it seems quite substantial. Much of the content is simply nice to have, while other changes and additions are quality of life improvements and things that fans have been asking for.
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