Those who have completed all the C-Sides in Celeste will now have something extra to do. The game has been patched with a new gameplay update. After successfully beating the challenging C-Side levels, players will unlock "Variants Mode."
Variants Mode is described in the Patch Notes as "A collection of special options to change the rules of the game." Although not specifically stated in the notes, the Variants include things like making Madeline invisible, or removing grabbing. There's also a Mirror Mode. Simply put, this adds another level of challenge to the levels. Sadly, according to one of the game's creators, Matt Thorson, this update is only available for PC players. However, he says the update will come to consoles "in the future."
Celeste released back in January to critical acclaim. It has a score of 94 on Metacritic, making it the highest rated game of the year after Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War. It has been nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2018, a great accomplishment for everyone involved. The story for Celeste follows a young woman named Madeline, and her journey to reach the top of Mt. Celeste. The story delves into some surprisingly deep themes, such as anxiety and coming to terms with oneself.
Celeste is not only known for its interesting story, but also for its challenging level design. It is a side-scroller, with often one screen obstacles to traverse. It's a tough game, but it never feels impossible. Similar to Cuphead, Celeste is very hard but also motivating, which is good because you'll probably often find yourself falling or hitting spikes attempting to navigate the area. The boss battles are fast-paced and intense. Celeste is a true video game in every sense of the word.
Variants Mode is currently titled as Beta, according to Thorson. As any possible bugs get addressed, the mode will be fun to play around with. Hopefully it will come to consoles sooner than later. Many probably took advantage of the Black Friday Switch sale, which featured Celeste, so there are a number of new (and of course old) console players who would like to do something after completing all the C-Sides.
Celeste is available for PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Watch The Game Awards tomorrow to see if Celeste will be crowned Game of the Year.