Motion Twin and Evil Empire announced the first paid content DLC for action roguelike Dead Cells today, set to come early next year. Titled "The Bad Seed," the expansion will add new biomes, monsters, weapons, and more. Despite being a paid expansion, Evil Empire did reiterate that this is not the end of free updates to Dead Cells. Sales of the upcoming expansion "will be used to expand Dead Cells' base game" for quite some time, according to the developer. The press release also suggests that this is not the last paid expansion we will see, either. The Bad Seed is set to launch sometime in the first quarter of 2020 at $4.99 for all platforms.
Taking place at the start of the game, The Bad Seed will add two new areas in The Arboretum and The Swamp, capping it off with a new themed boss. The Arboretum serves as an alternative to either the Toxic Sewers or the Courtyard, and is inhabited by a race of peace-loving mushroomfolk, who all have a burning desire to see you dead. The Swamp, on the other hand, replaces the second stage, and bears a number of your bog-standard swamp creatures. Poison dart throwers, giant bloodsucking ticks and primitive communities all feature in The Swamp.
It's worth noting that The Bad Seed is the first major update developed by Evil Empire, formerly made up of Motion Twin employees. After the latter looked to move onto new projects (and a forthcoming new IP), some Motion Twin folks weren't quite ready to move on from Dead Cells, and thus, formed a separate studio, albeit one hosted in the same building. As far as future content is concerned, in an "Ask Me Anything" hosted over on the Dead Cells Reddit, Evil Empire said they'd like to look at an alternative to the late-game Castle, along with adding even more enemies and weapons. We'll see just how well this first round of content shapes up when The Bad Seed releases for Dead Cells sometime early next year.
What would you like to see in future expansions for Dead Cells? Do you plan on working your way through the Arboretum and the Swamp? Let us know in the comments below!