On the back of its addition to the upcoming Xbox Live Games with Gold bundle, the Celeste team has another reason to celebrate. That’s because we’ve now learned that the quirky little platformer has managed to sell more than 500,000 units in the last year. Celeste launched on January 25, 2018 for Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, and Linux and in that time it’s managed to gain a fair bit of fan support and accolades. The game even won several awards for Best Independent Game and Games for Impact at The Game Awards 2018.
Now, the team of Matt Thorson and Noel Berry are looking to build on that success and to make the game the best it can be. Celeste is a game that fully embraces the difficult platforming at its core, and things are about to get tougher. The developers promise to bring a suite of new levels to the game over the coming months. These levels will take the already over-the-top difficulty and precise gameplay to a new degree of challenge.
If you’ve never heard of Celeste, and you’re a fan of platformers, you’re in for a treat. The game places you in control of Madeline, as she jumps her way to collecting strawberries scattered around the world of Celeste Mountain. The incredibly precise controls meld almost perfectly with the challenging level designs. And the controls are simple enough that pretty much anyone can pick them up and become reasonably proficient. The game even features an Assist Mode to help train players on the controls and ease them into the difficulty.
The game features some great music and the simple art style provides some great contrast for those looking for that kind of thing. The game features 8 basic chapters, each one with their own much-more-difficult “B-sides”, that ramp up the challenges significantly. If you’re a jumping fiend looking to spend a few hours being pushed to the limit by a deceptively adorable game, Celeste is for you.
Celeste is available now for Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, and Linux. And if you’re and Xbox Live subscriber, you can pick up the game for free in January 2019.