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Celeste

Developer: Matt Makes Games
Publisher: Matt Makes Games
Platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Released internationally: January 25, 2018


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MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
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This page sucks.
If you could make it suck less, that would be awesome.
Specifically: Has a lot of poor formatting (why is nearly everything in a bullet list?) and an extreme lack of images and audio. This game deserves a WAY better page.
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Hmmm...
To do:
* Entering a certain code (depends on console) will unlock all levels.

Celeste is an indie platformer infamous for its ruthless, unforgiving difficulty, making it surprisingly popular in the speedrunning community. Also, queer energy.

Sub-Pages

Read about prerelease information and/or media for this game.
Prerelease Info
Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Notes

Unused Objects

Hmmm...
To do:
Were the dream heart and fake heart added in 1.3? Could be early versions of the white Farewell fake heart.
  • goldenBlock is, as expected, a block of solid gold. When placed in a map, they will normally not appear. However, if the player enters the room with a gold berry, they will fly in from the bottom of the screen. These can be used to create an alternate “golden route”, as seen in some custom maps. The only place where this is done in the final game is in the last room of Farewell, but this is implemented using a hardcoded case in the Badeline booster entity and not with golden blocks.
    • Noel explained on Discord that this is what they were originally meant for, but that they were made long before the ending had been finalized.
  • dreamHeartGem is a Crystal Heart variant which has no collisions and cannot be collected. It is transparent and has a wavy look, and always appears blue, even in B- and C-sides. This was intended for the crystal heart hint with the poem near the end of Old Site. In the final game, an inaccessible (though still technically collectible) crystal heart can be found here.
(Source: Noel)
  • fakeHeart appears and behaves identically to a normal crystal heart. However, it vanishes just before Madeline is about to collect it. It will then reappear a few seconds later. The color of this is randomized, seemingly depending on the entity’s position. This is not to be confused with Farewell’s fake heart, which is a property on the normal crystal heart entity.
  • There's an unused glass block entity.

Unused Graphics

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Can the early Core blocks be enabled somehow? They don't quite match up with the final versions, so they can't be directly replaced.
  • There are various other files in Atlases/Gui/ which might be unused, take a more complete look through this.

Unlit Lit Torch

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The pre-lit Mirror Temple torches found in "Atlases/Gameplay/objects/temple" have an unlit texture and a light animation, despite the fact that they are inherently never in these states. They can be seen by swapping the graphics around.

(Source: Original TCRF research)

Unused Mom Portraits

CelesteMomConcerned00.png Damn bro, you got the whole squad laughing CelesteMomConcerned02.png CelesteMomConcerned03.png CelesteMomConcerned04.png CelesteMomConcerned05.png CelesteMomConcerned06.png

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Unused Used
CelesteMomNormal00.png Hello? Based department?

Dialog portraits of Madeline’s mom without a phone, which go unused since the only time she appears is in a phone conversation at the end of Chapter 2. The game doesn’t even have these registered as valid dialog portraits, The portraits were drawn first and Amora (one of the game's artist) would add the phone later on to create the phone portraits that do go used. These images remained just in case they needed them.

(Source: Noel Berry)

Journals

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The in-game sprites for the journals seen in pre-release videos are still in the final game, in "Atlases/Gameplay/objects/journal".

Mirror

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"Atlases/Gameplay/objects/mirror/resortframe_copper.png" is a Celestial Resort-sized mirror that matches the color scheme of the rest of the level, instead of looking like the Old Site mirror.

Pico-8 Console Background

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The Pico-8 console background includes an image of the title screen, which is always covered up by the actual game. This sprite is used but the Celeste title screen goes obstructed.

Darkswamp.png fog

Celeste darkswamp.png

"Atlases/Misc/darkswamp.png". This is a fog overlay, but it isn't used in any level. According to Noel Berry these are leftovers from the now cancelled project Skytorn, in which he was working on before Celeste was completed. They would've served the same purpose in Skytorn. Many of the fog textures in Celeste (like this one) are recycled from Skytorn. This also explains the name "darkswamp" since there are no swamps in Celeste, but there might have been in Skytorn.

(Source: Noel Berry)

GoldBlock

Celeste Goldblock.png

"Atlases/Gameplay/objects/goldblock.png" is a modified version of the Switchgate, and is most likely used for the GoldenBlock object.

PathLights

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The “lights” used to represent the path for the Mirror Temple dash blocks in the developer livestream can be found in "Atlases/Gameplay/objects/swapblock". They don’t quite match up with the variants shown there though, indicating they might have gone through a bit of further tweaking before being replaced by the final design. These still exist for the Farewell version of the blocks, seemingly unmodified.

Switchgate Icon Border

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In "Atlases/Gameplay/objects/switchgate", there is an unused border sprite, that seemed like it would have been added around the icon on the switchgate.

Diving Board

Celeste DivingBoardBase.png Celeste DivingBoard.png

A diving board, split into two separate graphics for the base and the board. It probably would have bent when stepped on. Where it would be used is unknown, though the room in Golden Ridge where Granny is found would be a good guess, considering that water, a life preserver, and a "rules sign” (going by the filename) can all be found there.

Mr. Bones Door

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A “Mr. Bones door”, whatever that is. The graphic shows a brown door with a lighter border.

Snowberry

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A little stem growing out of the ground surrounded by snow, with a somewhat crude graphic. It may be scrapped from an old mechanic where the player would have to look for some strawberries in the snow, although this wouldn't fit well with the game, which may be why it was removed.

Press

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"Atlases/Gui/controls/press.png" shows a downward arrow graphic in pixel style, something which wasn’t used in the UI since much earlier pre-release builds, meaning this is probably unused.

Assist Mode Stamp

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"Atlases/Gui/assistmodestamp.png" is still in the files, despite having been replaced with the “tab” on the left in the Farewell update.

Lightless Kevin Block

no lights?

The Kevin blocks have a texture for a variant without lights on any sides, which goes unused since the lights indicate which sides can be dashed into, so this would do nothing. It is not actually implemented in-game.

Old BumpBlock Textures

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The folder "Atlases/Gameplay/Objects/BumpBlock" contains what looks like an older set of textures for the fire/ice blocks in Core. (The used versions are in BumpBlockNew.)

DreamOrb

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"Atlases/Gameplay/Objects/dreamorb" is...something.

Eyebomb

Celeste Eye.png

"Atlases/Gameplay/Objects/eyebomb" is the graphic used for the Mirror Temple pulse things in the developer livestream. These would later evolve into the Farwell fish, which apparently still use the name “eyebomb” in code.

Gondola Strech

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The Golden Ridge gondola has an animation of it being stretched horizontally. Not used in the actual cutscene.

Blue Zip Mover Border

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An alternate “zip mover” border exists, that is blue instead of grey.

Duplicate Reflection Tileset

Celeste StarJump.png

starjump.png is a duplicate of the main Reflection tiles. The used Starjump blocks are under "objects/", and have special visuals.

Template Tileset

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template.png is a template for tileset layouts. Pedro mentions this in one of his livestreams, but I’m not sure if we ever see it.

Golden Strawberry Seeds

Celeste Seed00.png Celeste Seed01.png

There are graphics for Golden Strawberry seeds, though they’re identical to the normal ones.

Planets

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Unused Planet sprites can be found within "Atlases/Gameplay/bgs/10/Planets", which would have been used as decal for Farewell. Interestingly, the stylegrounds effect that creates the floating pink and green starfish in Farewell is called planets.


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  • Seemingly early dream block textures can be found in "Atlases/Gameplay/objects/dreamblock".
  • The original Oshiro boss design can be found in "Atlases/Gameplay/characters/oshiro/New Folder" (yes, that’s the actual directory name). They are in a single combined texture sheet, unlike all the other character textures.
  • A bunch of graphics exist with Madeline’s textures called starMorph, showing her...morphing into a star. The first few frames of this are used for the feather pickup animation, but the rest go unused. According to Noel and several internal names, the feather was originally a star. It’s likely that it used this animation.

Unused Sounds

Hmmm...
To do:
  • This and the music sections make inconsistent use of filenames vs. FMOD event names. Preferably list both.
  • There are a few more sounds which are in the FMOD project but not assigned to any event. Would these go on a prerelease article?
  • There apparently was a dash counter at one point in development, which was mentioned in #dev-chat on the Celeste Discord. Look into it.
  • In "char/dialogue/secret_character", Madeline lets you know that she’s never gonna give you up.
  • There are sounds for getting 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000 points, and a 1-up, from collecting Golden Strawberries. The 2000 version is heard in Forsaken City dual golden runs, but the others are not. While they aren’t technically unused, getting them to play legitimately is extremely difficult, and it’s highly unlikely that a player would come across them unintentionally. Doing so requires the player to get 2-5 normal strawberries trailing behind them, pick up the gold berry, then bring all of them to the end of the level without collecting them.
  • There is a sound for the Celestial Resort dust tendrils retracting ("game/03_resort/fluff_tendril_recede"). They never do this in the final game. The FMOD event notes state that they originally retracted after a set amount of time.
  • "ui/game/increment_dashcount" is a very quiet “click” sound. It matches the name of increment_strawberry, the sound used when the in-game strawberry counter increments after collecting one, but there’s no equivalent of this for dashes.
  • "char/madeline/jump_special" (and its Badeline equivalent) were intended to be used in special moments like "jumping off spikes". They aren't in the final game.

Unused Music

  • "music/mus_lvl6_thefall_loop" is a duplicate of the third variant of Reflection, except it’s missing one of the synths in the background.
  • "dlc_music/mus_lvl9_ending_finalrun_multiloop_131bpm" (Farewell) has an outro, which goes on for some time. The multi-loop prevents it from being heard, and it is not even included in the FMOD event so bypassing the loop would still not allow it to play. It is included in the soundtrack version, however.
  • While not in the final game’s files, the FMOD project provided by the developers includes a “scary” version of the prologue theme, supposedly intended for Farewell. It was likely meant to be used in the starting room with Granny (which has no music in the final game).

Unused Music Features

Hmmm...
To do:
Is if_bubble ever enabled in code?

Functionality implemented in FMOD events that is broken or obsolete. These were discovered in the publicly-released FMOD project.

  • Farewell (the music track) has a special case implemented to skip to the 3rd or 4th multiloop portions if the player makes it too far into the level while it’s still on the 1st or 2nd. This is functional, and has been mentioned several times by Kevin and Lena. However, the parameter is never actually set in code, rendering it unused in-game.
  • The FMOD event for Joy of Remembrance includes a parameter called if_bubble. It doesn’t affect anything, and Kevin isn’t even sure what it was used for according to the attached comment.
  • In the Mirror contains an extra layer which is supposed to be added when a seeker is aggro’d, but it doesn’t work correctly and is never enabled. It is included in the soundtrack version however.

Debug Mode

Celeste has a well-known debug mode which can be activated by editing the player's save file. To do so, open Celeste/Saves/settings.celeste and set LaunchInDebugMode (near the bottom of the file) to true. Next time the game is launched, it will run in debug mode, allowing access to the debug save, debug map, and developer console.

Debug Save

The debug save is accessed using the ~DEBUG~ option on the main menu. It behaves identically to normal saves, except everything is unlocked by default, and collected strawberries are reset when loading a level.

Using the debug save is not required to access the debug map or developer console.

Debug Map

The debug map can be opened by pressing Tab while in a chapter. It shows a map of all rooms in the chapter, which are color-coded (usually based on the checkpoint they are from, though this varies by map). The following keys are available:

  • Right-click on a room: Teleports the player to the room, placing them at the nearest spawn point to the mouse cursor. This loses the current session, so any strawberries collected will be lost, and the music may reset.
  • Mouse wheel: Zoom in and out.
  • Movement keys, middle click, or space + left click: Pan the view.
  • Ctrl + space: Reset view position and zoom.
  • Rooms can be dragged around, and filler rooms can be resized by dragging the orange corner.
  • F + left click: Create a filler room, used to prevent seeing the background during screen transitions.
  • F + right click: Remove a filler room.
  • Ctrl + A: Select everything.
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo.
  • Ctrl + Y: Supposed to redo, crashes the game.
  • 1 through 7: Set room color.
  • Ctrl + S or F1: Supposed to save, doesn't work.
  • Q: Shows strawberry numbers when held, in the format checkpoint #:strawberry #.

Developer Console

The developer console can be opened by pressing the ~ key. When open, the hitboxes of all on-screen objects will be shown. If using a controller, the player can still move while the console is open, but keyboard input instead types into a command box. Useful commands include help (provides a list of commands, or info about a specific command), load (loads a level), assist (toggles assist mode), and variants (toggles variant mode).

Command Parameters Effect
assist none Toggles assist mode on and off.
audio none Prints audio debug info.
berries chapterID:int Displays how many (non-golden) strawberries are in the game or a single chapter. Entering a chapter ID will further break down the berries by checkpoint.
berries_order none Checks strawbs order.
blackhole_strength strength:int Value 0 - 3.
bounce none Bounces Madeline upwards.
capture filename:string Capture the last ~200 frames of player movement to a file.
characters none Gets all the characters of each text file (writes to console).
cheat none Toggles cheat mode on and off.
check_all_languages compareContent:bool Compares all languages to English.
Hmmm...
To do:
Document all the commands.

Filename Oddities

  • The dashless golden berry in Chapter 1 is named "memorialTextController". This was done to prevent dataminers from discovering it too quickly.
(Source: Kevin)
  • The boss fight against Badeline at the end of Chapter 6 is called "finalBoss".
  • The feather powerup that first appears in Chapter 6 is named "infiniteStar".
  • The purple spiky things are named "spinner" despite not spinning in the final game.
  • Similarly, the bumpers are called "bigSpinner" even though they also don't spin and have no relation to the aforementioned spikes.
  • The binoculars are named "towerviewer", even though no binocular appears on a tower in the final game.
  • The Oshiro boss fight at the end of Chapter 3 is called "friendlyGhost".
  • The various versions of Quiet and Falling and In the Mirror are called lightnorm_loop, lightreverse_loop, darknorm_loop, darkreverse_loop, and freedomreverse_loop. There is no freedomnorm_loop, implying this track may have been cut at some point in development. It is also missing from the FMOD project.
  • The Farewell map and tilesets are called LostLevels. Noel explained that this was because they initially thought of the chapter like Super Mario Bros. 2 (aka Lost Levels) - the same game mechanics, but much harder.

Other Things

Hmmm...
To do:
Document Event Mode. There's a one-line code mod to enable it on GameBanana.
  • In addition to Normal and Debug Mode, there are two more “play modes”: Event Mode and Demo Mode. The latter doesn’t do anything, but Event Mode appears to have been intended for some sort of pre-release demo playable at an event.
  • There’s a map metadata setting for whether or not the player should be allowed to hold Crystal Theo while in a booster. No rooms in the final game contain both of these, and it’s not enabled in any vanilla maps.
  • The Event Trigger has an unused event ch9_goto_the_past, which teleports Madeline back to the pre-lightning version of the Farewell start room (while playing the same lightning animation). It isn’t used for obvious reasons, but why it is here to begin with is a mystery.
  • There’s an “Underwater” setting for rooms, tinting the background blue and allowing Madeline to swim everywhere. While water does appear in Celeste, and can be swam in, there are no fully underwater rooms like this. It’s been revealed that Reflection was originally meant to be a water level, so this is likely a remnant from that.
  • There are a couple unused stylegrounds effects:
  • dreamstars consists of blue squares of various sizes floating upwards and slightly to the left.
  • tentacles seems to be an early version of the Badeline tentacles from Reflection. The final versions are handled with a specific entity. These have simpler graphics, and smoothly retract as Madeline moves instead of doing so at specific points.

Regional/Language Difference

  • When the language is set to Japanese, the Celestial Resort logos are switched to versions referring to it as the Celeste Hotel. No other languages do this, keeping the original English name.

Revisional Differences

Hmmm...
To do:
There was apparently some kind of change involving Badeline boosters refilling your dash.

Besides adding the new chapter, the Farewell update (v1.3) made several other changes:

  • The seeker forcefields in Mirror Temple were given wavy edges, matching the Farewell versions (internally these are the same object).
  • The Return to Map confirmation was changed to clarify that collectibles, etc. will be saved, but you will need to return to an earlier checkpoint. The old version simply said “Give Up?”, implying you would lose all progress.
  • Assist mode, variant mode, and cheat mode are now indicated on save files by “tabs” on the left, instead of the stamps. Several Farewell-related stamps now take their place.
  • Dying with a golden strawberry now plays a unique sound, instead of the standard death sound.
  • Various new console commands were added.
  • Dialog is now stored in binary .export files, which can be generated from the text files using the export_dialog command in-game. This command/behavior did not exist before 1.3.
  • Cassette Blocks are given unique line patterns, to help with colorblindness.