Dead Cells’ latest update has a feature so cool, other games should copy it
Dead Cells has already made a name for itself, but Motion Twin has updated it with a feature that other studios could learn from.
Earlier this week, developer Motion Twin pushed out a new update for its striking roguelike Dead Cells. It’s called The Legacy Update, and it adds a whole bunch of the usual goodies to the game like new items and mutations. But the real meat of it is that the Legacy Update lets you return to previous versions of the game.
Rolling back to previous versions is a feature we take for granted in scenarios like work documents, version control, or driver updates. Video games, by and large, hold to a tradition of locking away older versions once new patches and updates are out. Unless you have doggedly refused to update a game, chances are, you are playing the latest version put out by a developer.
While most of these updates bring refinements and improvements, they also often make adjustments to the gameplay that affect the balance and overall experience of the game. It’s no exaggeration to say that you could play a game today, and have a completely different experience playing the same game a few months later. A few years later, it might as well be a different game altogether.
With the Legacy Update for Dead Cells, you will be able to experience the game as it existed at any point from its initial Early Access release all the way to present day. You no longer have to conform to the developer’s idea of how to play the game, with the balance the developer intends. If a friend of yours says they enjoyed the game more back when it was in beta, you can experience that version.
This is a feature that should honestly be a standard for many, many games, especially those that make frequent changes to the gameplay or regularly add new updates.
Let’s hope other developers take notice of Motion Twin’s radically retrospective move.
For more information on Dead Cells, have a look at the official website here.