Mortal Shell Virtuous Cycle

One of the best soulslikes not made by FromSoftware is becoming a roguelike? Or something?

The Virtuous Cycle is Mortal Shell‘s upcoming DLC, first announced during IGN Expo at E3 2021. Today, developer Cold Symmetry announced the official launch date for the DLC, August 18, 2021. On top of that, they’ve spilled some details about what fans can expect in The Virtuous Cycle.

Apparently, it’s adding a roguelike element to this soulslike game. I think. It’s actually kind of hard to interpret the press release that landed in my inbox today. I’ll just share this line so you can read it for yourself:

The Virtuous Cycle reinvents your journey through Fallgrim and beyond as adversaries cycle and shuffle upon each death. Demanding and brutal as ever, now you can never be sure what lies ahead.

Francesco Zacchini, Technical Designer at Cold Symmetry, added this:

I can’t wait to see all the ways players are going to break the roguelike mode that we created. I think they’re going to have a lot of fun with that.

On top of this randomized, ever-shuffling game mode, the small team at Cold Symmetry is adding more than 100 new abilities, which will give players an enormous amount of range in their gameplay styles. To complement this, Hadern (who you fight at the very beginning of Mortal Shell) joins the roster as a playable Shell, and there’s a new weapon called the Axetana, which is half axe and half katana. It also seems to transform, sort of like Trick Weapons in Bloodborne. And this all comes with new lore for players to dig into.

It also appears there may be a new lute, with yet another collection of tunes to jam out with. I’ve showcased the full library of songs on the Simple Lute and the Impervious Lute, so I’m excited to rock another collection of bangers. This wasn’t mentioned in the press release, but the trailer ends with an electric lute jam.

Oh, and one more thing: The Epic Games Store exclusivity on PC is coming to an end, as Mortal Shell will finally be available on Steam and GOG on the same day The Virtuous Cycle drops, August 18. You can wishlist it on Steam now.

The Virtuous Cycle will cost $7.99 USD.

You can check out the Mortal Shell: The Virtuous Cycle release date trailer below.

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