It’s been a long time in the making, but Celeste’s free DLC will finally be out on Monday 9th September having been in development since the end of last year.
The news was announced today alongside the news that the games developer, Matt Thornson, has now retired the name Matt Makes Games Inc. and set up a new studio called Extremely OK Games, and he’s brought the TowerFall and Celeste team with him. They’ll all now be working together in person in an office in Vancouver rather than remotely, and they’re currently working on a new game which is currently code-named EXOK1.
Anyway, that’s something to worry about in the future. As for Celeste, the last we heard about the hit games DLC was back in January, when Thornson announced that it wouldn’t be ready for the games first anniversary on January 25th, so fans who have been patiently waiting for the last eight months will be very happy to hear that it will finally be out so soon.
The DLC is titled Chapter 9: Farewell, and will act as the conclusion for Celeste and give players the opportunity to “reconnect with beloved characters for a final goodbye”. It will contain over 100 new levels, which will bring the games total up to over 800, and there will also be over 40 minutes of new music from Lena Raine. To unlock the DLC, all you’ll have to do is complete Chapter 8, which is easier said than done.
As a quick note for Xbox One players, Thornson has warned that the DLC “might not” release on Microsoft’s console on the same day due to difficulties in coordinating the patch across all consoles, but he promises that if they do miss the release date of Monday then it will release “soon after”. Also, the Limited Run physical release of Celeste will shortly enter production now that Chapter 9 is complete, so keep your eyes peeled for news of a release date for that if you’re interested.
If you haven’t played Celeste before then I highly recommend it. It’s a brilliantly made, charming, and insanely difficult indie-platformer. There’s a lot of fun to be had with it, but I’d probably steer clear if you have a tendency to get frustrated and break things.