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Evil Empire hands Dead Cells reins back to Motion Twin, pursues new projects

Studio provided updates and DLC for the roguelike
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Dead Cells, which was released in 2018, is nearing the end of its active development lifecycle. Developer Motion Twin announced that it would try and push out Update 34 for the title’s mobile version later this year and then follow this up with the final Update 35 for PC and consoles. It’s been quiet around these updates for a while and Motion Twin shared the reason for that today: Evil Empire, which has been helping Motion Twin with Dead Cells updates and DLC over the previous five years, has handed the reins back to the original developer.

“Update 35 for Dead Cells marks the end of our creative journey on the game. After an incredible 5-year collaboration in bringing additional content to Dead Cells' live-ops, Evil Empire will be pursuing new adventures and we can't wait to see what they come up with next,” Motion Twin stated. It added that this decision had been made “after much reflection” and in order to avoid falling into the trap of continuing to do more of the same all the time.

Key art from Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania, showing the Dead Cells protagonist alongside Castlevania characters Richter Belmont and Alucard in front of Dracula's Castle.

Evil Empire was responsible for the successful Return to Castlevania DLC for Dead Cells.

“This change explains the recent quiet period on updates, as concluding such a partnership required careful planning to ensure a smooth process for everyone, including the community. As always, we will of course continue to find solutions to make sure that all quality of life issues and bugs are properly fixed across all platforms to provide a worthy experience to all of you,” the post went on.

Evil Empire’s post said: “After nearly 5 years of service, 4 DLCs, 18 updates, some epic crossovers and a mobile release with Playdigious, Evil Empire will no longer be working on Dead Cells. We are immensely proud of the work we have put into the game, we loved every minute and are very thankful to Motion Twin for trusting us and letting us play with their baby for so long.”

Having completed its work on Dead Cells, the studio will be working on “something shiny and new, or maybe more than one thing,” it wrote.

Motion Twins already announced its upcoming project, Windblown, at The Game Awards 2023.