Dead Cells game receives the Free Breaking Barriers update on Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. All thanks to the folks behind developer Motion Twin. Just in time for the Steam Summer Sale with a huge discount. Regular price on GOG and Humble Store.
Evil Empire and Motion Twin today announced the latest update to the multi-million selling Dead Cells. Which is now live across Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. “Breaking Barriers” also introduces a range of optional accessibility settings for players. While making its signature “tough but fair” gameplay available to a wider audience for the first time.
The developers worked closely with the Ablegamers organization. As well as various legends from the Dead Cells community over the past months. Due to the design and test these new settings for people with disabilities. As well as the game’s new Assist Mode.
Dead Cells VLOG – Breaking Barriers update (Linux, Mac, Windows PC)
“The intent of this update is to allow players who struggle to, or cannot play, Dead Cells. Due to be able to play the game as we intended. We had feedback during beta testing that some people who don’t ‘need’ Assist Mode. Will use it regardless and the result is that they won’t play Dead Cells as a challenging roguelike,” said an Evil Empire spokesperson.
“We’ve put multiple messages regarding this in-game. But in the end it’s up to the player how they want to enjoy the game. However, we will not disable achievements for players who use these options. We are not going to make it possible for people to play the game and then take achievements away from them.”
The new Dead Cells options in this update include mobility input adjustments. Due to things like, hold to second jump/roll, customizable controls, and more. Along with visual options like UI size and transparency. Also, font size/type, customizable background color filters, no-blood mode plus many more. Everything is collected in a specific accessibility menu. While gathering all these options in one place. There’s no point in making an accessibility menu inaccessible…
Assist Mode exists in its own menu and contains:
- Multiple lives – Each time you die you can resurrect from the beginning of the Dead Cells biome. Doing so in the same state that you started in. You can choose between 1, 3, 7, or infinite lives. This is targeted for players who have involuntary movements or activity. Due to things like muscle spasms, to have another chance if their run is ruined. Due to an event that is out of their control.
- Auto-hit – Automatically target nearby enemies with your primary melee weapon. This will auto attack with your primary weapon. While allowing players to just manage their secondary weapon and skills. Also reducing the need for rapid inputs.
- Adjustable trap damage, enemy damage, and enemy health in % increments. Plus togglable options for slower parry window and trap speed. This will allow specific, dare we say delicate, adjustment of the Dead Cells challenge. All while leaving the rest of the game as it is.
- An option to instantly reveal the whole map for players. Due to those who struggle with spatial awareness.
Further Game Changes:
In addition, the Breaking Barriers update comes with eight new weapon reworks. There is also a reduction in early game item cost. Since this allows players to unlock new weapons more quickly. Doing so alongside the crucial life and gold upgrades.
Regarding future free content updates, a spokesperson for both studios said, “If you’re a Dead Cells player who doesn’t need any of the content that we’re introducing in this update, don’t worry. We have plenty of shiny new things to introduce to Dead Cells this year.”
The entire list of updates and the optional accessibility settings, can be found HERE.
Dead Cells and the Free Breaking Barriers update is out on Linux, Mac, and Windows PC. The game’s also heavily discounted 50% in the Steam Summer Sale. Priced at $12.49 USD / £10.99 / 12,49€. Regular price on GOG and Humble Store.