Celeste's 9th chapter in the 'home stretch' of development, won't make it out in April

This can't release soon enough

Celeste is getting a free 'Farewell' chapter, which was announced awhile back. Work continues on that chapter, but it seems things are close to wrapping up. Check out the full message from the official Celeste Twitter account below.

We're on the home stretch of development for Chapter 9: Farewell. It won't be out in April, but hopefully it won't be much longer. For the physical release, we decided to hold off on printing until Farewell is finished. This DLC will be a free update on all platforms!

4 different Switch titles take home wins at the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards

Indies and Nintendo themselves score awards

The 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards have come to a close, and 4 different titles on the Switch have come away with wins for the night. Check out the list of Nintendo-related winners below.

Best Audio: Celeste (Matt Makes Games and Power Up Audio)
Best Visual Art: Gris (Nomada Studio)
Best Design: Into the Breach (Subset Games)
Innovation Award: Nintendo Labo (Nintendo)

Celeste's devs created the game while keeping speedrunners in mind

If you're a real speedrunning masochist, you've probably chosen Celeste as your game of choice. Celeste is an absolutely fantastic experience top to bottom, but it's one hell of a tough game to speedrun. You'll need pixel-perfect jumping and button inputs in order to achieve your goal, but boy, will your success be worthy of major celebration. The Celeste dev team knew their title would appear to hardcore speedrunners, which is why they kept them in mind while working on the game. Celeste sound designer Kevin Regamey elaborates in a USGamer interview.

"I'm a big speedrunner, I love glitch hunting, finding the seams in development. So we broke the game in half over and over again leading up to the release of the game. On a broad perspective, I think that we're definitely big fans of allowing players to kind of interpret the media how they see fit. So if it comes down to something like Ocarina of Time, you play it through on your casual playthrough and, if you're gonna never [play again], that's fine. If you play it like 10,000 times and your best time is like 20 minutes because you just break it in half, that's fine too.

One, that casual playthroughs work and be wonderful. Two, let speedrunners break it and have a good time and just toil out for them. And also not just allow for it, but like design around it. [...] So if you know the trick, you can skip this part of the room. And then also trying to bridge that gap, so people that may not have done speedruns in the past, and might feel empowered to try for the first time."

Celeste Limited Edition Cassette Soundtrack now available to preorder

Cassette tape featuring the same track list as the vinyl edition. Shipping March 2019. Includes unlimited streaming of Celeste Original Soundtrack via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

If you want to grab the Celeste original soundtrack on cassette, you can plop down some cash for a preorder right here.

Celeste B-Sides album seeing vinyl release

Every aspect of Celeste is fantastic, including the soundtrack. We've already seen a vinyl release for the game's main soundtrack, but now we know that a B-Sides album is on the way. Ship to Shore PhonoCo. confirmed that they're putting the album out on a 12’’ record, but did not share a release date yet.

Thanks to Gybones for the heads up!

Celeste - Chapter 9 "Farewell" coming soon, new music sample shared

Oh man, I am so ready to jump back into Celeste. This free update can't come soon enough, and thankfully, it seems like it'll be releasing quite soon. As you can see in the teaser above, the release is coming soon! Until then, let's enjoy this sample of a new track for that chapter.

Official Celeste Piano Album and Sheet Music Now Available

SEATTLE - January 25, 2019 - Materia Collective is thrilled to announce the latest installment of their Piano Collections album and sheet music series with Celeste Piano Collections. Lena Raine's award-winning soundtrack is transformed into a classical masterpiece by arranger and performer Trevor Alan Gomes across 13 tracks and accompanying sheet music book engraved by David Peacock. Celeste Piano Collections is now available in digital format with limited edition purple marbled vinyl, CD, and physical sheet music books planned for release soon:

Celeste Piano Collections on Bandcamp
Celeste Piano Collections on iTunes
Celeste Piano Collections on Spotify

"Lena has a way of brilliantly hyper-saturating the music with rhythmic ideas, counterpoint and even multiple lead lines, so taking those full-to-the-brim tracks and transforming them into equally complete piano solos was my greatest challenge to date," notes arranger/performer Trevor Alan Gomes. "My favorite track on the album, 'Confronting Myself,' was a puzzle to arrange for solo piano. I wanted to somehow capture the 'glitched' sound, so I translated that sensation to time signature and harmonic changes. 'Exhale' was also a joy to arrange for the super talented violinist Michaela Nachtigall, aka 'Otama-Mama.' Having just one track with an additional instrument feels like the strawberry on top that completes the album and gives it a lovely roundness."

Limited Edition Vinyl on Bandcamp

The album features mastering by Jett Galindo (Sony/The Bakery), layout and design by Rozen, and illustrations and art by David René Christensen. The album features 13 key themes from the game and will include a digital booklet on iTunes and Bandcamp. The full track list is as follows:

01. Prologue
02. First Steps
03. Resurrections
04. Awake
05. Scattered and Last
06. Madeline and Theo
07. Quiet and Falling
08. In the Mirror
09. Little Goth
10. Confronting Myself
11. Reach for the Summit
12. My Dearest Friend
13. Exhale

Learn more about the Celeste Piano Collections:

Celeste Piano Collections album releases Jan. 25th, 2019

The Celeste Piano Collections album comes out Jan. 25th, 2019, and includes 13 different arranged tracks from the Celeste soundtrack. If you'd like to grab this in physical form, you can go with either vinyl or CD options.

Check out more details here

A closer look at Celeste's steelbook edition

Limited Run Games' steelbook edition of Celeste sold out almost instantly, so all copies are spoken for. If you managed to snag a preorder, you can sit back knowing the gorgeous steelbook seen above is making its way to you in the near future. This is one gorgeous package.

New details shared on Celeste's upcoming DLC

We recently learned that Celeste was going to be updated with 'Farewell' DLC, which would include new levels. Today we have some new information on that upcoming content.

- it will not be releasing on Celeste's anniversary, which is Jan. 25th, 2019
- it is one continuous chapter
- no B-Side
- it comes after the current hardest levels in difficulty
- no strawberries
- new items/mechanics
- content will be free