New Celeste DLC Includes an Affecting Revelation About Madeline That Casts Her Story in a New Light

New Celeste DLC Includes an Affecting Revelation About Madeline That Casts Her Story in a New Light

Madeline's battle with depression and anxiety take on a new meaning in Farewell DLC.

When Celeste was released last year, it was celebrated for its outstanding platforming, but also for its affecting look at anxiety. It appears we didn't know the whole story, though.

Spoilers for the recently released Farewell DLC follow.


As discovered by eagle-eyed Celeste fans, there's some strong evidence that Madeline, the main character, is in fact transgender. One Twitter user posted four screengrabs, including one from maybe the first user to spot it, that contain some pretty compelling evidence, including a small transgender flag, an old picture, and a bottle of pills.

It's a small gesture that isn't specifically called out in the game; a subtle suggestion, perhaps, that while Madeline is transgender, it's only one part of her identity. Still, it has some really interesting implications for the original story, which features Madeline contending with her "shadow" self. What was originally read as anxiety and depression may have a deeper meaning for transgender fans of Celeste.

Speaking of which, transgender fans seem pretty excited about this revelation. There's been plenty of discussion about it on social media today.

Celeste's Farewell DLC launched yesterday, and Caty called it a "brutal, but fond farewell." It adds to an indie platformer that we called one of the best games of 2018. In the meantime, the Celeste team has formed a new studio called Extremely OK Games, where it is presumably working on its next project.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

In other news

The Game Awards Will Host Its 2020 Show From Three Remote Locations

Geoff Keighley's big year-end show will be broadcast from LA, London, and Tokyo.

No Man's Sky's Origins Update Adds Richer Planets and Some Really Big Worms

Hello Games has found a way to expand its universe without, y'know, starting it over.

Spelunky 2's Most Secret Challenge May Have Already Been Mastered

Remember the Eggplant run from the previous Spelunky? This is like that, but even weirder.

Hello Games Teases New No Man's Sky Update Called Origins

It'll be "the beginning of something new," studio founder Sean Murray says.

Need help?

Stardew Valley Guide - Essential Tips to Help You Become the Ultimate Farmer

Everything you need to know to go from rags to riches in Stardew Valley.

Disco Elysium: How to Find All Four Pieces of the Fairweather T-500 Ceramic Armor

We show you how to find the hanged man's armor hidden across Martinaise.

How Long Is Disco Elysium and How Many Days Are There?

We take you through the length of Disco Elysium and how many days the game covers.

Disco Elysium: How to Find Your Gun, Badge and Bullets

We show you how to find your pistol and police badge ID after losing them.