See Dead Cells Crossover With The Greatest Platformer In New DLC

Dead Cells is releasing a new DLC that will see the game crossover with Castlevania.

By Jason Collins | Updated

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The most recent Nintendo Direct event brought to us more than the new Zelda trailer showcasing Link’s new powers and the associated unlocks by the company’s own Amiibo collectibles. The event because of which Nintendo forsook E3 also revealed what other titles have in store, and Evil Empire, the developer of post-launch Dead Cells content, revealed its crossover with one of the most iconic franchises in gaming history — Castlevania.

The new Dead Cells DLC, titled Return to Castlevania, is scheduled to release on March 6, 2023, as a deliciously fitting crossover between two franchises. It launches as a paid expansion to the base game, which the developer Motion Twin, and its subsidiary Evil Empire, have described as a love letter to the grandfather of Dead Cells—referring to the iconic Castlevania franchise first released in 1986. The new expansion adds two new Castlevania biomes to the rouge-like platformer, granting players a tour of the spooky but cool-looking interiors of Dracula’s Castle.

Of course, Dead Cell players would be accompanied by Castlevania’s Richter Belmont and Alucard against hordes of enemies featured in the latter franchise, including mermen, bone throwers, haunted armors, and many others. The new DLC also includes three new bosses, one of which is Dracula himself. Players also get to wield a whole arsenal of new weapons associated with the Castlevania franchise, including the legendary Vampire Killer—a holy whip—as well as a Throwing Axe and Holy Water.

The Dead Cells DLC also includes a 60-track soundtrack from the original and reimagined Castlevania. The DLC will drop at a price that’s steeper than usual; previous DLC, like the one we previously discussed, were priced at approximately $5. The Return to Castlevania will be priced at approximately $10 because the scope of the DLC is significantly bigger than usual, and the fact that includes one of the most prominent IPs in gaming—which was probably one of the biggest inspirations for the Dead Cells game.

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The people at Motion Twin and Evil Empire stated their excitement over the fact that they somehow managed to convince Konami to let them recreate the truly iconic pillar of gaming, which probably influenced the price a bit. Nonetheless, the team behind the Dead Cells DLC didn’t hide their excitement associated with returning Castlevania to its 2D action roots, and, according to their own words, they hope that they’ve done the franchise justice. Judging by the trailer, they quite possibly succeeded.

The Legend of Zelda took the biggest chunk of the recent Nintendo Direct news, focusing on what the new game brings to the Zelda franchise. Other news includes the new release date for Advanced Wars 1+2, as well as the announcement of several GameBoy and GameBoy Advance titles for Nintendo Switch, which recently became the world’s third-best-selling console of all time, with the potential to grab the all-time crown from PlayStation 2 console. Whether or not that comes to pass remains to be seen in the following months.

Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania is scheduled to release on March 6 for PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and the world’s third-best-selling console.