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Celeste dev shoots down sequel plans, discusses why they went with free DLC, and talk about nearing 1 million units sold

Celeste is close to hitting a million!

Celeste is topping the Switch eShop charts once again, thanks to a limited-time price, and the addition of free DLC. Many were surprised to see the addition of the 9th chapter was free, as it's quite a sizable bit of content. In an interview with IGN, developer Matt Thorson explains why they went with free DLC, while also shooting down plans for a sequel.

First of all, we really should be charging for it. We don't like setting expectations that expansions of this size should be free. We want to be clear to our audience that we're only able to release this for free because we're in a very fortunate position right now, and that this really isn't a reasonable thing to expect from any developer, including us, in the future.

Early on we decided that charging for Chapter 9 would force us to approach it as a new "product," which would constrain us in some ways that didn't feel right. There's some design decisions that would've had to change. So it was just the best decision for the project, and we're very grateful to be in the position where we could do it this way.

And as for Celeste 2, we really don't want to make a sequel to this game. Maybe in the future we'll change our minds, but right now we don't know how we'd do a sequel justice. And besides, we're way more interested in making something new for our next full release.

Wondering how well Celeste has done for the dev team? Turns out the game is coming up on a very important goal.

I don't have an exact up-to-date number, but I know we're coming up on a million copies soon. Which is unbelievable to us.

Celeste's new translation now available in Japan

Handled by 8-4

Just last week, we learned that Celeste was going to get a new Japanese translation. With the Farewell DLC now being available, that update also includes the new translation for Japanese audiences. The old subbing has been tossed out, replaced with work from the expert team at 8-4.

Celeste's "Farewell" DLC now available, full game 50% off for a limited time

Never a better time to get in on the game

For those who already have Celeste, you'll be happy to know that the Farewell DLC is finally live. This adds in a brand-new chapter to the game, complete with over 40 new songs, and 100 different screens!

If you've been holding out on Celeste, now is the perfect time to scoop it up. To celebrate the game's Farewell chapter launching, Celeste is now 50% off on the Switch eShop in North America. You can grab the game for just $10 until Sept. 16th, 2019!

Celeste: Farewell Original Soundtrack Now Available

You know this is gonna be good

SEATTLE - September 9, 2019 - Materia Collective is thrilled to release the Celeste: Farewell (Original Soundtrack) by composer Lena Raine. Following up 2018's acclaimed indie darling and ASCAP Video Game Score of the Year, Farewell offers a full album's-worth of material, giving fans so much more of what they loved from the original soundtrack and then some. The Celeste: Farewell (Original Soundtrack) is now available wherever digital music is sold:

"It's been an intimidating prospect, to return to the world of Celeste for one more outing," comments composer Lena Raine. "The original soundtrack releases saw so much love from thousands of people, and so it seemed like an impossible task to follow it up with something new. It was only through creating something different, and adding to the existing sound of the game, that I felt comfortable telling one more story for these characters and world."

The Celeste: Farewell (Original Soundtrack) will also be available in limited edition vinyl from ShipToShore at a future date.

About Lena Raine

Lena Raine is an award-winning composer and producer, whose work on Celeste was nominated for a BAFTA and won ASCAP's Video Game Score of the Year. She has been writing videogame scores for 13 years, most notably having worked on Celeste and Guild Wars 2. Beyond games, she released a solo album in early 2019 titled Oneknowing, and provided song and score mixing for Steven Universe: The Movie. Lena is currently working on the score for Chicory: A Colorful Tale and other unannounced projects.

IGN Video - The First 8 Minutes of Celeste Chapter 9 Gameplay

Spoiler warning! This doesn't get too deep into Chapter 9, but obviously don't watch if you'd rather go into Chapter 9 blind!

Check out "In Stasis," a new track from Celeste's upcoming Farewell DLC

A new tune from the upcoming DLC

I'm just as excited for the soundtrack to Celeste's Farewell DLC as I am the gameplay itself! Today we get to check out another track from the DLC, which is titled "In Statis." Spoiler alert...it's fantastic.

Celeste's "Farewell" DLC due out Sept. 9th, 2019, physical release heading into production

I CAN'T WAIT!

I can't believe it, but my own detective work turned out to be true. Just yesterday, I speculated that Celeste's "Farewell" DLC would release sometime on/around Sept. 10th, and that is indeed the case. The DLC has been confirmed for Sept. 9th, 2019, and you can read full details on it below. There's also a blurb about the upcoming physical release of Celeste, which is now moving into production.

Saying goodbye is never easy. Finding the right way to send off the characters and world of Celeste was especially difficult for us, but we're very excited about what this chapter became. Here's some details:

Chapter 9: Farewell is a new story chapter for Celeste, releasing 9/9/2019 for free on all platforms*.
It contains 100+ new levels, bringing the game's total to over 800!
Over 40 minutes of new music from Lena Raine. (Purchase the soundtrack on Bandcamp!)
There's several brand new mechanics and items to discover and play with.
Reconnect with beloved characters for a final goodbye.
This chapter doesn't have a B- or C-Side.
To unlock it, simply complete Chapter 8.

Also, we want to mention the Limited Run physical Celeste release. We know that people have been waiting for that to ship for a long time. Now that Chapter 9 is finished, it will enter production shortly. Thanks so much for your patience.

We may have an idea of when Celeste's "Farewell" DLC will release

Almost time to say farewell?

Matt Makes Games has been working on the "Farewell" DLC for awhile now. The development took longer than the team thought, as the scope of the DLC grew considerably. When can we expect to get the DLC? The only thing we've heard from Matt Makes Games in recent weeks is that it's coming "soon." Thankfully, there might be another indicator that gives us a better idea of when to expect the release.

Over in Japan, Celeste is going to see release on the PS4. That release is going to include the Farewell DLC. As of right now, the PS4 version of the game is set to launch on Sept. 10th, 2019. While the press release for that announcement says that launch timing for the Farewell DLC on other platforms will be announced in the future, it seems likely that Switch will get that DLC on the same day, if not a tad earlier.

Celeste's Japanese translation getting updated

A fresh revamp

Matt Makes Games has announced that the Japanese version of Celeste is getting a new translation. This translation is being handled by 8-4, who has worked on numerous Nintendo titles. This translation is being implemented for the PS4 release of the game, due out on Sept. 10th, 2019. The Switch will get the new translation via an update, but we're not sure when that'll become available.

Celeste's Fairwell DLC is "coming soon," porting process being wrapped

Can't come soon enough

Are you dying to sink your teeth into the 'Fairwell' DLC for Celeste? I know I am, and thankfully it seems we don't have too much longer to wait. The official Celeste Twitter account has stated that the DLC is coming soon, and the porting process is being wrapped up right now. As soon as that's done, everything should be good to go for launch.

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