Dead Cells was one of 2018’s standout indie games. A 2D side-scrolling rogue-like with tight controls and compelling action, the title led many players to keep pushing through each death to run through the game again and again. But while the game found critical success, even being named Best Action Game at The Game Awards, its developer Motion Twin says to not expect a sequel.
Motion Twin has never made a followup to any of its previous games, and it doesn’t look to be starting that now with Dead Cells. Game designer Sébastien Bénard from Motion Twin said that Motion Twin is about making new games instead of sequels.
“In terms of a sequel, we know for sure it’s not a good idea to dwell on your success. If you create a big hit, it’s best to use this energy to make something different. I don’t think we’ll make a Dead Cells 2.”
Bénard did say that if the developer put any more work into Dead Cells it would be to create more content and to “open up the game to the community.” It’s also safe to expect that Motion Twin won’t be making anything even close to the same genre as Dead Cells for their next game, as Bénard said that the developer’s next game won’t be a platformer or a rogue-like.
Interestingly, the development of Dead Cells actually started as a free-to-play tower defense game for mobile, which was eventually completely scrapped for a new concept which became the platforming rogue-like that made it to release. Without these changes, it makes one wonder if Dead Cells would have made it onto the list of Game Rant’s favorite indie games of the year.
Motion Twin’s past games include a survival RPG set in a classroom titled Teacher Story, a collection of 16 arcade games dubbed Arkadeo, and a co-op space survival and escape game called Mush. Based on the eclectic genres and games the developer has put out before, it’s anyone’s guess what their next game will be—but clearly, it won’t be Dead Cells 2.
Dead Cells is available now for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer