Dead Cells, the ever-expanding rogue-esque action-platformer from developers Motion Twin and subsidiary Evil Empire, continues to grow, this time with the newly released Enter the Panchaku update, which introduces pet petting, a formidable dual casserole weapon, and more. .
The ability to pet your pets in a rogue-style action platformer might not be at the top of your own personal list of exciting additions, but – as revealed in Evil Empire’s extremely extensive release notes – the feature is now in, allowing players the ability to show their companions some love between biomes. And why wouldn’t you want to do that, monster?
Elsewhere, the free Panchaku update introduces the new Panchaku weapon, which sharp-eyed players may recognize as coming from the animated trailer for Dead Cells’ Bad Seed expansion. It is described as “two frying pans tied together with string, critiquing enemies facing you and having a slick combo with hits behind and all around you”. It also reflects bombs and projectiles in the center of the combo.
Also transitioning from the Bad Seed trailer (and indeed all subsequent Dead Cells expansion trailers) is the flaming-headed pink star, which will be playable via the new Bobby skin.
Furthermore, the update brings many mechanical changes, including extensive rework of items. “It’s been a while since our last major weapon rebalancing,” explains Evil Empire. “Since then we’ve had new items and mutations from the Everyone is Here and the Break the Bank updates, plus The Queen and the Sea DLC, so there are some imbalances here and there.”
In all, the Enter the Panchaku update will rebalance 29 weapons, abilities, and mutations — a move the developer says they are making to “keep the variation element strong — a good roguelite should give you tough choices.”
Today’s update also includes an overhaul of Legendary items (the gold variants you’ll find during gameplay), intended to make them more intuitive and interesting. “The only thing legendaries did to you was more damage, that was it,” explains Evil Empire. “More damage is always good, but we wanted to make it better!”
The solution is to ditch the existing Legendary system and introduce new additions to gold items – essentially “nice extra powers you get on items, like 60% damage to a bleeding enemy”.
There’s a lot more in the update – including some crossover content with fellow rogue-esque Soul Knight – and you’ll find full details in today’s blog post and its accompanying developer VLOG. Enter the Panchaku is out now on PC with a console release due “very soon”.
And, of course, this is far from the end of updates to Dead Cells. Last month, Evil Empire said it now sees the game in its “mid-life”, unveiling a new roadmap with content stretching through 2023, which it says will be the “biggest year since 1.0 launch”.