Vampire Survivors, which recently saw the release of its first DLC pack (Legacy of the Moonspell) in December has been keeping players hooked with its addictive, highly enjoyable gameplay and according to the developer, Poncle, there are plenty of more updates on the way, with “no key-feature [that] will ever be gatekept by a paywall.” In other words, Vampire Survivors updates will be free in 2023.
The Legacy of the Moonspell DLC introduced eight new characters, 13 new weapons and a brand-new stage called Mt. Moonspell, which is 25 times bigger than any previous stage in the game and includes greater variety in featured areas such as an abandoned castle and a mountain village.
“If you like [these] kind of content packs, then there will be more coming,” Poncle said in a Steam blog post. “Please remember that DLCs will only ever add more characters/weapons/stages and that the main game will keep getting updated regularly with main game mechanics and content (think Tiny Bridge-style patches) so that no key feature will ever be gatekept by a paywall.”
The Tiny Bridge patch to which Poncle refers is a challenge stage of the same name added to the game in Update 1.1.0. The update sees players caught in the middle of two warring factions and introduced a new power-up, a new secret and a couple of new achievements to boot.
Although future Vampire Survivors updates are coming in 2023, with key features always being free, they will be added at a presumably slower pace than they were in 2022.
“Since the last few months were mental with v1.0, Xbox, mobile, and the DLC, please expect patches to be released at a slower pace compared to 2022,” Poncle added, “as we have to swap to a more sustainable release pipeline and also coordinate patches between a lot of platforms, not to say that, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, we now have 2 different versions of the game to maintain.”
Poncle outlined his plans for an engine upgrade for Vampire Survivors on the PC, saying, “… We didn’t have time to offer the new engine also on PC before the end of the year. It’s not straightforward as we need to develop a little launcher first, that will allow you to choose what game version to launch and with what options. This might be particularly challenging on Steam Deck and we’ll be working on it in early 2023.”
Poncle also hinted at working on something that was unrelated to Vampire Survivors, though it’s still anyone’s guess as to what that might be. “There’s a lot of stuff, not exclusively related to Vampire Survivors, getting made behind the scenes in poncle,” the developer concluded.
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