As well as the community's most-requested weapon.
Tʜᴇ previoᴜsly ᴀɴɴᴏunced Dead Cells ᴜᴘdᴀᴛe ᴏꜰ "lɪᴛtle sᴛᴏckɪɴg ꜰɪʟʟers" hᴀs ᴅʀᴏᴘped, ᴀɴd ᴜᴘdᴀᴛe 21 wᴏɴ't ʙᴇ tʜᴇ lᴀst ʏᴏᴜ sᴇᴇ ᴏꜰ tʜᴇ ɢᴀᴍᴇ, ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ꜰᴜʟʟy releᴀsed ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴛᴡᴏ yᴇᴀʀs ᴀɢᴏ ᴀɴd sᴛɪʟʟ regularly ɢᴇᴛs ɴᴇᴡ cᴏɴᴛᴇɴt. As ʙᴇꜰɪᴛtɪɴg tʜᴇ seᴀsᴏɴ, tʜɪs ᴜᴘdᴀᴛe ᴄᴏᴍᴇs wɪᴛh ᴛᴡᴏ Chrɪstmᴀssy ᴏᴜᴛꜰɪᴛs ꜰᴏʀ tʜᴇ ʙᴇʜᴇaded, tʜᴇ clᴀssic ʀᴇᴅ ᴀɴd wʜɪᴛe Sᴀɴta suɪᴛ ᴀɴd a ᴄᴏsᴛuᴍᴇ ᴛᴜʀɴɪɴg tʜᴇm ɪɴᴛᴏ a surprɪsɪɴgly bouncy Frosty tʜᴇ Sɴᴏwmᴀɴ. Addɪᴛiᴏɴᴀʟʟy, ʏᴏᴜ cᴀɴ ɴᴏw enᴊᴏʏ a ɴᴇᴡ Chrɪstmᴀs ɪɴ-ɢᴀᴍᴇ ᴅɪᴇt, due ᴛᴏ a cosᴍᴇtic chᴀɴge thᴀᴛ ᴛᴜʀɴs ᴀʟʟ ꜰᴏᴏᴅ ɪᴛems ɪɴᴛᴏ cʜᴇese.
As the name suggests, the Malaise update focuses on improving the Malaise mechanic and making it less punishing—being hit for example no longer increases your malaise, killing enemies decreases it, and the "Malaise Cleared" event completely stops the bar from filling until the end of the biome. "We're aiming to give a cycling nature to the mechanic, with a Malaise that should stay in-between 3 and 7 during most of the run (except boss fights)," Motion Twin writes in the patch notes. "Balancing that new mechanic is going to be a major challenge and we're counting a lot on your help and feedback."
But that isn't all—the new update also adds the katana weapon. It allows you to combine a standard slash with a dashing charge attack, and it's been the most-requested weapon from the community, according to Motion Twin. There's a new mob, also inspired by a community suggestion, five new mutations, and a lore room for the Hand of the King. That's quite a few stocking fillers. You can find the full patch notes on the Dead Cells website.
Motion Twin is now taking a well-deserved Christmas break, but more Dead Cells content is on the way—Fatal Falls, the second paid DLC, is set to release in early 2021.