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Dead Cells refuses to die, gets a new 2022 roadmap

The action-packed roguelike is nowhere near done getting updates, according to its devs

sunlight streams through a barred window in Dead Cells Image: Motion Twin
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Dead Cells, the incredibly fun roguelike action game, has had an incredible amount of support. First released in Early Access in 2017, the game has received a steady stream of updates long after its full release date, enough that its developers eventually made it possible to play prior versions of the game. Five years of support is a long time for a game that does not have a live service attached to it, but despite rumors to the contrary, the Dead Cells train isn’t stopping anytime soon.

In a recent post on the Dead Cells Steam page, the developers at Motion Twin have released a new roadmap for 2022, laying out loose plans for updates through the end of the year. It’s a small list with three seasonal updates planned: This summer’s planned update (comprising extensive item rebalancing and the frying pan “panchaku” weapons) will be followed by a boss rush mode in the fall, and a still-secret update in the winter.

The 2022 road map for Dead Cells Image: Motion Twin

Motion Twin cautions that this roadmap is loose by design, as there are “no guarantees in game development,” while also talking up further plans for 2023 — which the studio says will be its “biggest year since our 1.0 launch.”

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