What to expect from the upcoming “Dead Cells” animated show

Image Credit(s): YouTube / "Dead Cells: Immortalis" trailer

What to expect from the upcoming “Dead Cells” animated show

author image Ajmain Intisar |

June 1, 2024 at 10:00 AM BST

As a person who has spent triple digit hours in Dead Cells, a fresh trailer along with a release date for the franchise’s upcoming animated show, “Dead Cells: Immortalis” made me ecstatic, to say the least.

For those who don’t know, Dead Cells is a popular indie rougelite-castlevania-like action platformer. It is one of the most iconic games in the indie space of games and is a staple in the rougelite genre. It is known for its simple yet satisfying combat, smooth and intuitive movement, and a monstrous pool of weapons and items.

The first thing that caught my eye when I saw the trailer was its art style. It brandishes a somewhat minimalist shape-based art style. The simple shapes and bright colours makes it really stand out from other animated shows. This art style should complement the show's cartoony, fast-paced, comedic tone. Though I don’t know if it was intentional or not, some parts of the trailer seem to have some choppy and unpolished feel to it. But it can be intentional as this show seems to be quite experimental.

It's most likely that it will have a heavy emphasis on slapstick comedy, which can be quite funny if done right and it seems like they will. The trailer also hints at there being super stylized fight scenes that signal positive things.

“Dead Cells: Immortalis” is set on a cursed island plagued by monstrous creatures due to a disease known as Malaise. The story revolves around a flame-headed hero, known as the Chosen One, and a new character named Laurie Esposito who believes that the hero is prophesied to save the world. The hero, however, is more interested in being left alone than fulfilling any grand destiny. The duo’s journey against hordes of monsters and other threats is expected to drive the series forward.

The trailer also shed light on the main antagonist, the king. Interestingly enough, this could make for an intriguing plot as the king is a character in the game that has ties with the main protagonist.

On a much more personal level, tidbits of the game that were shown in the trailer, including many of its weapons like the pan, make me hope that they feature the famous pan-chaku in at least one episode.

As a whole, this show’s art style might be pure eye-candy with a solid plot behind it. If the producers are able to balance the comedy elements with its narrative structure, it might be poised to be a heavyweight in the long list of game-to-series adaptations. So whether you have mastered every boss of this game or you're just hearing about this for the first time, “Dead Cells: Immortalis” looks to have something for everyone when it drops on June 19.