It's been well over a year since Motion Twin's phenomenal platform-action rogue-like Dead Cells bounded into the world, but the developer still isn't ready to call it a day. Instead, Dead Cells' 15th free update is here on PC, introducing a new biome, malevolant birds, and more.
Dead Cells' latest update, officially known as the Corrupted Update, is, according to Motion Twin, predominantly about balance. To that end, it makes significant changes to biome difficulty so that one path isn't objectively better than another, and fiddles around with cursed chests and colourless weapons in an attempt to make the latter more relevant.
But while balance might be the focus, there's still room in the Corrupted Update for more stuff. Chief of the new additions is the Corrupted Confinement biome, accessed via the Toxic Sewers and designed to mirror the Prison Depths. It's described as a "very short" area with a guaranteed cursed chest at the start, that will ultimately lead players to either the Ancient Sewers or the Ramparts.
Here, visitors can encounter a new enemy along the way. "Beware of the blue birds," warns Motion Twin, "they ain't kidding around."
Additionally, the Corrupted update introduces new Recycling Tubes as a reward for beating the Hand of the King in Boss Cells 1. This device replaces Dead Cells' usual random starting gear, and offers a choice between four sets of five items - each consisting of a melee weapon, ranged weapon, shield, and two skills. "Choose wisely", suggests Motion Twin.
Elsewhere, the update adds the new Explorer Instinct Rune, which reveals all point of interests on the map once the bulk of a level has been discovered. The goal is to prevent players from wasting time backtracking to uncover the last bit of the map when, in reality, there's absolutely nothing there.
And if that's still not quite enough to be getting on with, the Corrupted Update features three new Tactic Mutations. Crow's Foot enables players to leave caltrops in their wake when they roll, Tactical Retreat slows all nearby enemies when a perfect dodge is performed, and Networking makes all enemies impaled by projectiles share damage.
Additional details on the update - which also brings the likes of new achievements, custom mode options, and quality of life improvements - can be found in the developer video above.
Dead Cells' Corrupted Update is available now on PC, and should be making its way to consoles "soon".