One of last year's breakout hits is saying goodbye with one last round of challenges to beat. Celeste's ninth chapter, Farewell, goes live today on all platforms as a free update to the game.
The narrative thread picks up where the main story left off, telling one contained story as a follow-up to the central story of Celeste. It adds a few new mechanics and then mixes them up a bit, so there's a fair bit for Celeste fans to discover even if they've been through all the B and C-sides of the mountain already.
We already got an exclusive listen to one of the new tracks in Celeste's Farewell, put together by the stellar composer Lena Raine, who orchestrated the base game's soundtrack as well.
If you haven't jumped into Celeste yet, this is a perfect excuse to do so. It was our runner-up for 2018's site-wide game of the year and landed on a number of our individual lists. (I wasn't here quite yet, but it was my personal GOTY as well.) Celeste was designed to be a speedrunning game, but that doesn't mean it's overly challenging. Part of the joy of Celeste is how quickly you jump back from failure, and gradually learn to climb the mountain.
Hopefully, Celeste's final chapter isn't as grueling as some of the C-sides or the Heart of the Mountain is. Either way, this seems like a true Farewell; in an interview with IGN, developer Matt Thorson says the team "[doesn't] really want to make a sequel" to Celeste. But at least it's nice to get another chance to say goodbye to one of 2018's stars.