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A Nostalgia Bomb Hits Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania With Surprise Reveal in Latest Gameplay Trailer

An iconic hero returns…

Bordeaux, France (Feb. 23, 2023) – Motion Twin and Evil Empire revealed a secret today in a brand-new trailer for the upcoming Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania DLC, the latest - and largest - DLC for Dead Cells to date. The new gameplay trailer takes fans on a tour of what to expect when the update hits PC and consoles next month on March 6, and introduces a very special guest via a unique mode that will be featured in the DLC.

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Check out Richter as a playable character in this all-new video released today:

Available only in a secret level located somewhere deep in the unwavering dark of Dracula’s castle, players will be able to play Richter Mode, which lets them control the age-old Castlevania protagonist for a nostalgia trip that hits harder than the Vampire Killer. Use Richter’s classic moveset inspired by Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and whip the undead out of shape.

Today’s new trailer shows off this mode in action, complete with jumping whip attacks and other classic abilities taken straight from the Castlevania franchise. For bonus nostalgia points, players will even have to destroy candles and collect hearts, which are used as ammunition for some weapons. With a boss fight against Medusa and a bevy of enemies to slay, you’ll be glad you scoured every inch of Castle Dracula.

Today’s trailer also included a more in-depth look at the ways players will be able to slay as The Beheaded throughout Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania. Showing off the Vampire Killer, Throwing Axe and more in action, the animated skeletons and living suits of armor shambling through the castle’s halls don’t stand a chance. Eagle-eyed players - as well as hardcore Castlevania fans - may also recognize some familiar set pieces throughout the expansion. Be sure not to leave an inch of the castle unexplored.

Whether you’re filling the shoes of Richter or using his and Alucard’s weapons as The Beheaded, Dracula and his old pal Death won’t know what’s coming to them when Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania launches on March 6 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

For the latest on Dead Cells and when you can snatch Return to Castlevania DLC be sure to follow @motiontwin on Twitter.

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About Motion Twin

Motion Twin is an independent game development studio based in France since 2001 and are the creators of the hit roguelike action game Dead Cells, available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch platforms. Motion Twin is a worker cooperative passionate about creating new game experiences. Learn more at

About Evil Empire

Evil Empire is the evil spawn of a bunch of ex-Motion Twiners. Formed in 2018 in close proximity and partnership with Motion Twin, Evil Empire is focused on producing new original content, both for Dead Cells and new IP.