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Mortal Shell’s Virtuous Cycle DLC Will Initially Be Free to Download

by Morgan Shaver

If you’ve been loving Mortal Shell as much as we’ve been loving Mortal Shell, you may be excited to hear that the game’s upcoming DLC, The Virtuous Cycle, will initially be free to download.

That’s right, for the first five days after the release of The Virtuous Cycle DLC, Mortal Shell players can download and grab it free of charge! Given everything included in The Virtuous Cycle DLC, this is a stellar deal. 

Mortal Shell’s Virtuous Cycle DLC Will Initially Be Free to Download 

If you’ve been playing Mortal Shell and have an interest in the game’s upcoming DLC release, The Virtuous Cycle, you’ll want to mark the DLC’s release date on your calendar.

Why? Because the first five days after its release, it’ll be free for players to download, no purchase required! For exact dates, The Virtuous Cycle DLC is set to release on August 18 which means it’ll be free to download from August 18 through August 23.

And to help make things even easier, the free download will be offered to Mortal Shell players across all platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam, Epic Games Store, and GOG. 

Once the free download period has ended, the DLC can be purchased at any time for $7.99 (USD). To get the DLC – whether for free or purchased for $7.99 (USD) – you’ll also need to own a copy of Mortal Shell. 

Touching upon the decision to give the DLC away for free, Kiron Ramdewar, Head of PC and Console at Mortal Shell publisher Playstack noted:

“Since we launched Mortal Shell back in August 2020 we have been thinking about how to give our fans something truly special that demonstrates our sincere appreciation for their support.

The Virtuous Cycle Expansion has been packed with content that fans of the genre will love, and provides a new unique way to experience the rich Mortal Shell universe.

We can’t wait to see how new and old players will tackle our new roguelike mode when venturing into the depths of Fallgrim.” 

If you’re just now hearing about The Virtuous Cycle DLC and are uncertain what’s included with the expansion, there’s an in-depth description on the DLC’s Steam page. Below, we pasted that description for you to help get you caught up with what The Virtuous Cycle DLC is all about.


“The Virtuous Cycle is a game-altering roguelike expansion for the award winning Mortal Shell.

Prove your resolve once more, foundling. A blackened sky will be your only certainty as you descend once again through an ever-shifting and never forgiving landscape. Adapt, salvage, invest, and enhance to escape this unending abyss.

‘Beware, upon death, a new cycle will begin…’

New Roguelike Mode

Carve your own path to deliverance in this self-altering world where no two runs are ever the same. Create your own combat discipline from upgrade pillars that are scattered across Fallgrim and beyond. More than 100 upgrades are yours to inherit, from exotic weapon enhancements to entirely new maneuvers.

New Playable Shell: Hadern

Once your elusive teacher, now yours to master. Hadern becomes Mortal Shell’s fifth possessable Shell, playable within both Mortal Shell’s main campaign and The Virtuous Cycle. His unique skill tree unlocks a new domain of innate talents, from dagger mastery to a fearsome ability to absorb punishment.

New Transforming Weapon: The Axatana

Fallgrim’s most venerable weapon has been unearthed. In your hands the Axatana bends to your will, assembling itself into a supreme heavy axe when the moment calls, and detaching into lightning-fast dual katanas when you desire. Unique movesets for both stances are yours to unlock.”

Again, The Virtuous Cycle DLC for Mortal Shell is set to release on August 18 and will be free for Mortal Shell players to download from August 18 until August 23. Also happening on August 18 is the official Steam release for Mortal Shell, so if you’ve been patiently waiting for this game to hit Steam, the wait is almost over! 

After learning about The Virtuous Cycle DLC for Mortal Shell being free for players the first five days after the DLC’s release, what are your thoughts? Are you excited at the opportunity to get this DLC for Mortal Shell for free?

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Related: Mortal Shell Review | Death Is Only The Beginning


Morgan Shaver

Morgan is a writer, metalhead, horror lover, and indie game enthusiast. When it comes to games, they love nothing more than to wax poetic about all the latest and greatest indies to anyone who'll listen. They're also a Tetris fanatic who's fiercely competitive in games like Tetris 99... and all games in general. But mostly Tetris. You can follow Morgan on Twitter @Author_MShaver