Dead Cell’s latest update is called Enter the Panchaku, the 30th – an impressive number for an indie game released in 2018.
Players can get a Bobby skin with the pink flame head and the Panchaku – a weapon made up of two frying pans tied together. It critiques when you hit enemies in the front, but can also attack enemies in the back. The Panchaku can also deflect bombs and projectiles. It’s also the first weapon that can move independently, meaning the Panchaku is fully animated and doesn’t rely solely on special effects.
The legendary item system has also been overhauled. In the old system, Legendary item damage decreased from the two highest stats and only increased Offensive stats. The new legendary system introduces something called affixes. Each Legendary weapon has a Legendary addition that cannot be removed or replaced. Some examples of affixes include the ravaging aura, which makes victims bleed, deals 80% damage to poison targets, and freezes enemies when the effect ends. There are also others that set fire to enemies, increase critical hit damage, and double projectiles.
The Panchaku patch also includes a hefty rebalancing. It’s been over a year since the last major item was rebalanced, so a lot of skills and weapons have all been tweaked.
Dead Cells is also getting a crossover with Souls Knight in the PC and console versions. The mobile edition already had the crossover features, so this is basically a port of the collaboration – a new magical bow weapon and a Soul Knight-inspired outfit – to other editions.
And last but not least, you can now pet your pets! There are no improvements or bonuses to do this, but it’s a nice addition.
The development of Dead Cells will not stop anytime soon, according to the development team. Fall 2022 will see a boss rush mode, there will be a surprise in winter 2022, and apparently 2023 will be “the most exciting year in Dead Cells history”.
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