The latest Dead Cells adventure from Motion Twin and Evil Empire has finally arrived: explore the world that inspired the hit indie roguelike in a world-shattering collaboration with Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania. The ambitious DLC, which adds numerous new weapons, enemies, and three deadly bosses – all in a bombastic and unprecedented Castlevania mashup – is available today for $9.99 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and the Nintendo Switch:
The launch trailer does not hold back: proudly showcasing the variety and attention to detail that the Evil Empire devs put into the stunning gothic environments of Dracula’s Castle. Each corridor, bridge, and balcony from Castlevania has been painstakingly recreated in the gorgeous signature art style of Dead Cells. Play as 20 (…yes, 20!) iconic characters in Return to Castlevania, including Castlevania legends Richter Belmont and Alucard, and wield 14 brand-new weapons as you take on Dracula, Medusa, and Death himself. Return to Castlevania is a massive love letter to the franchise that inspired Dead Cells, and hosts the most insane boss fight yet – catch a glimpse of what awaits when you finally meet Dracula Beast Form in a no-holds-barred, all-out, batshit boss fight. Best of luck.
But don’t fret: that sweet, sweet loot will help unlock new abilities to take on the various new challenges waiting for you. And of course, no Dead Cells DLC would be complete without the addition of a new pet: the trailer also introduces Maria Renard’s cat, which can be found …somewhere… in the castle ready to shred your foes to death with her surprisingly powerful claws. With this power at your fingertips (or hanging out on your shoulder), the minions of Dracula will be dead before you can say “wall meat.” And yes, you can pet the cat.
Revealing the many secrets hidden in Dracula’s Castle requires luck, skill, and patience – keep your eyes peeled for the many Castlevania easter eggs that lie in wait. Extra secrets are hidden in the Castle, including the massive nostalgia bomb of Richter Mode: stashed away in the gloomy halls, this unlockable mode will let players relive their experience in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, complete with a moveset inspired by the title that includes all of Richter’s original, iconic attacks.
Finally, behind all of that content is a soundtrack of 51 original Castlevania songs that can be played anywhere in the game, plus 12 of the most famous tracks re-made in the style of Dead Cells for the DLC levels.
What is a crossover DLC? A miserable little pile of references!
Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania DLC arrives at 7pm CET/10am PT today…
Look out for a dev stream around 4pm CET, here and anywhere that supports streaming! #deadcells #castlevania #gaming pic.twitter.com/9yBealK46v
— Motion Twin (@motiontwin) March 6, 2023
The largest and most ambitious DLC to date for the 8mm+ selling roguelite, Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania hosts the ultimate culmination of challenges, detail and surprises spanning the entirety of Dead Cells’ development, and it is available to fans around the world today from developers Evil Empire and Motion Twin.