Fans of permanent death rejoice!
Acclaimed indie platformer Dead Cells will finally make its proper debut August 7 on Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Don’t be confused if you’re having deja vu. Dead Cells has been available as an early access title only on PC since May 2017. It was also playable at Nintendo’s PAX East 2018 event in April. For those not familiar, French developer Motion Twin has created a brutally-difficult game that combines aspects of the Metroidvania subgenre with roguelike elements including procedurally-generated levels and permadeath. Not to mention no checkpoints. Ouch.
That steep learning curve has not hurt sales for the game, however: its early access version has sold close to a million copies.
Pre-orders for Dead Cells open July 18 for the Switch version. Pre-order it for $20, a 20 percent savings on the expected retail price.
John Dunphy has written, edited and managed with several newspapers, magazines and news websites in both the United States and South Korea. He’s written about local government, food, nightlife, Korean culture, craft beer, cycling trails, land preservation, video games and more. His love of gaming began with the Atari 2600 but truly came of age on the Super Nintendo. Looking forlornly at the staggering surplus of console and PC games yet to be played, he laments the long-ago days of only being able to buy one $70 32-megabyte cartridge and playing it until his hands ached.