Developer Dodge Roll Games will cease work on bullet hell roguelike Enter the Gungeon to work on an entirely new project.
In a post on the game’s subreddit, Dodge Roll confirmed that work on the game would cease after its final update, which doesn’t yet have a release date. Furthermore, instead of the planned paid expansion for Enter the Gungeon, Dodge Roll will be releasing a smaller, free update which will add a number of items to the game as well as addressing a few bugs and performance hiccups (particularly on the Switch version).
The Reddit post also details some of Dodge Roll’s reasons for moving on from Enter the Gungeon. In July this year, the game received a free update in the form of the AG&D (Advanced Gungeons and Draguns) expansion. The update added many new weapons, items, enemies, ammo types and other features. The post describes Dodge Roll’s tricky development process during the creation of this expansion; the team found that their “foundations” for Enter the Gungeon were “shaky”, and that developing the expansion placed a burden on the team which led to them considering cancellation of AG&D multiple times or taking a year off after the update’s release. Dodge Roll feels that it can’t sustain the development of Gungeon due to the complexity of navigating its (now rather dated) code.
It’s not just technical, though; the team at Dodge Roll feel that their creative energy would be better spent crafting a new game. We’re not sure what form that will take yet, but Dodge Roll says it has designs which are “coming together” for a more ambitious title than Enter the Gungeon. They’re also planning to build a more robust technical foundation for the game to avoid problems like those encountered with AG&D.
If you’re still hung up on Gungeon, don’t worry: Dodge Roll promises in the post that more “experiments” are coming for the game, in addition to its final free update. We’ll have more on this story as soon as we know what the patch (and the “experimental features”) will look like. In the meantime, you can check out our review of Enter the Gungeon right here.
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