Motion Twin has announced that the massively popular Metroidvania/roguelite hybrid Dead Cells will get its first paid DLC, The Bad Seed, in early 2020.
This is far from the first (or last) piece of additional content that Dead Cells has received, with a huge number of free updates already out. Motion Twin is very keen to stress that there’s more free stuff coming in the future, too, so don’t panic if you’re set on keeping your wallet closed. That said, buying things like this will support more free content as well as helping build Motion Twin’s next game.
Nick Arboretum and the Bad Seed
The Bad Seed will cost $4.99 USD, which seems pretty fair for what it offers. It’ll add two new biomes to Dead Cells, complete with new enemies, a new boss, and a host of new weapons and other goodies. Excellently, it’ll open up new path choices in the early game, so you won’t have to be too far in to enjoy it. These are early game biomes, so they’re fun (by which I mean horrible murder pits) for everyone!
The first of the two biomes is the Arboretum, a delightfully pretty garden area full of adorable enemies. The second, the Swamp, is the exact opposite: a hideous overgrown mess filled with giant purple ticks, as well as jerks with blowdarts and spears.
But fear not, because you’ll get some new toys to play with too. There isn’t much detail on what exactly those are, but we’re promised the first double-slot weapon as well as a “dedicated and loyal mushroom companion.”
In the announcement for The Bad Seed over on the Steam page, the team notes that the aforementioned two-handed weapon is a bit of a tease for things to come in later updates. In the future, we can apparently expect more secret areas, more lore, a rebalanced economy, plus new creatures and the like on BC1+ difficulties to mix things up.
It also sounds like we’ll see a free update sometime soon. Said Steam post notes that there’ll be a “little present” around the holiday season and that, while the team didn’t think they could pull it off, it’s something they’ve wanted to do for ages. Color me intrigued.
Dead Cells: The Bad Seed will cost $4.99 USD (or the regional equivalent) and is due in the first quarter of 2020. More free updates are on the way. For now, you can check out a teaser trailer for Bad Seed below.