Dead Cells Gets Barrels o’ Fun Update

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

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In a press release put out today by Motion Twin and Evil Empire they’ve announced that a new update has come to Dead Cells, their popular rogue-light sidescroller.

Titled Barrels o’ Fun, this update adds a great deal of new content to Dead Cells, most notable a new area called the Derelict Distillery. As you may be able to figure out from the title of the update this area is filled with barrels that pose a serious threat to the player but many can also be used by the player to progress as well as kill their enemies. In addition to the distillery the update also adds a handful of new enemies as well as two items: The Tesla Coil and Barrel Launcher. Finally, a 8-bit soundtrack has also been added that could be turned on in the sound menu and used for throughout the whole run. You can read the full patch notes here, and be sure to checkout the trailer below:



The Barrels o’ Fun update is out now on PC and will launch on consoles sometime in the near future. If you don’t already own Dead Cells now would be a pretty good time to pick it up as it’s on sale on Steam for $14.99 USD, marked down at a 40% discount.

Dead Cells’ New ‘Barrels o’ Fun’ Update Drops Deadly Death Direct to Fans Today
There will be explosions
Bordeaux, France (August 11, 2020) – Motion Twin and Evil Empire announced that Dead Cells’ latest free update, Barrels o’ Fun, is now available on Steam with consoles to follow later this summer. The 20th update to the award-winning Dead Cells dishes out a deadly new level harkening back to happier days as players will encounter an industrial playground of doom complete with broken bottles, barrels (some which players can interact with), pipes venting steam and other now-defunct remnants of a once-functioning distillery.
But what’s a new level without new enemies? Enter some huge fellas who’ll throw some pretty big explosive barrels your way and new mimics hiding among the benign barrels in the corridors. They may not be the toughest of enemies on their own, but dang if they don’t have a devastating self-destruct which can end your run fairly efficiently. They’re also pretty fast so keep on your toes.
But Evil Empire and Motion Twin are arming you with all-new weaponry to tackle these new foes, and since you’re about to get some barrels thrown at you, why not throw them right back? Introducing the Barrel Launcher – a bazooka-style weapon that fires bouncing, exploding barrels. You’re welcome.
Exploding barrels are dotted around the distillery so watch your step, and your back, and your front. Everywhere, really. Keep your ear to the ground and your eyes peeled.
Speaking of ears, the Barrels o’ Fun update comes with a whole new soundtrack – classics have been reworked in the style of chiptune 8-bit music for your listening pleasure. It makes for a pleasant and deadly experience.
As always, the complete list of updates can be found here:
Winner and nominee for dozens of Game of the Year 2018 awards, Dead Cells is a critically-acclaimed roguelike metroidvania action platformer set within an unpredictable castle packed with dark secrets, game changing items and hordes of deadly beasts. Players face tough risk-reward decisions, building their loadout from an incredibly diverse arsenal of weapons and abilities in the hopes of dodging the castle’s omnipresent threat of permadeath. A steady series of post-launch updates addressing fan feedback has evolved Dead Cells, keeping its action-centric adventure as surprising as it is rewarding.
For the latest on Dead Cells, be sure to follow @motiontwin on Twitter.

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