Second Indie Crossover Comes to Dead Cells

    Hotline Miami's Jacket, Shovel Knight, and more, come to the hit roguelike.

    Motion Twin’s 2018 roguelike Dead Cells saw an update today that adds outfits, weapons, and unique lore rooms based on popular indie titles. These include Hotline Miami, Shovel Knight, Slay the Spire, Terraria, Risk of Rain, and Katana Zero. This is the second crossover Dead Cells has seen since its release four years ago. In November 2021, content from Hollow Knight, Hyper Light Drifter, Blasphemous, Guacamelee, Skul: The Hero Slayer, and Curse of the Dead Gods came to the action-platformer in an update. In reference to gaming’s most famous crossover, Super Smash Bros., both of these updates are titled “Everyone is Here!” (with today’s update called Everyone is Here Vol. II). This phrase was the tagline of the E3 2018 trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcing that all previous fighters who’d appeared in the series would return.

    The items in this update are more than cosmetic and will give Dead Cells protagonist The Beheaded unique traits and abilities. Rather than simply putting the items in players’ inventories, the new equipment will need to be earned by solving riddles in the book of clues in the Prisoner’s Quarters and completing respective challenges. Here’s a full list of the costumes and weapons in the new crossover:

    • Terraria – The Character – Starfury Sword
    • Hotline Miami – Jacket – Baseball Bat
    • Shovel Knight – Shovel Knight – King’s Scepter
    • Slay The Spire – The Ironclad – Diverse Deck
    • Katana Zero – Subject Zero – Throwable Objects
    • Risk of Rain – The Commando – Laser Glaive

    About Dead Cells

    Dead Cells took home The Game Awards’ 2018 Best Action Game prize, and was a hit with critics and consumers alike. The game has also proven to have legs, continuing to remain in the conversation and continuing to sell. Copies sold reached over six million as of December last year, up from three million in 2020. With continued support like updates as significant as today’s, it’s no wonder new and returning players flock to the game this far from launch. Dead Cells and its new crossover content are available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

    BusterSwordBoy is a video game enthusiast who writes about them here, plays them live on Twitch, and talks about them endlessly to anyone who will listen. Subjectively believes that the PS2 is objectively the greatest console of all time, but also loves games from far older hardware, and new releases as well.

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