Spelunker update incoming
Spelunker HD – the PSN game from Tozai Games about an extraordinarily fragile cave explorer, not the XBLA game Spelunky that was partially inspired by Spelunker – will get new DLC almost two years after release, along with a free update.

The update, due August 28, adjusts the camera in online multiplayer, and gives you ten new "Championship Mode" stages for free! Seven more Championship Mode packs will be out soon after, each adding ten stages. These stages all give you 50 lives to start instead of five, because they're apparently even harder than the brutal game. Two more unspecified DLC packs are also planned for September.

Each Championship Mode update costs $1.99/€1.99, unless you're a PlayStation Plus member. For two weeks after the update, both Spelunker HD and the DLC will be sold at half price ($5 for the game, $1 for each DLC pack) for Plus.
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Tozai Games Announces Update and Championship Mode DLC Packs
For Spelunker™ HD for the PlayStation®Network

A bounty of even more punishing stages, plus a special low 50% off price
for PlayStation®Plus Members!

Bellevue, Wash.--August 24, 2012--Tozai Games announced today that Spelunker HD will be receiving a software update on August 28th that includes a new area, and seven additional downloadable Championship Mode DLC packs to follow for both North America and Europe. The patch and each DLC pack will include a new area with 10 stages, totaling up to 80 additional levels to explore and conquer, as well as increased lives and extra content trophies. The update for Spelunker HD will take place in both Europe and North America on August 28, 2012.


Additionally, PlayStation Plus members will be able to purchase both Spelunker HD, as well as the new Championship Mode DLC packs for 50% off for two weeks starting from August 28th 2012*.

The update improves screen views in Spelunker HD's exciting online multiplayer mode, and EX1, the first expansion pack will be included for free as part of the patch. Packs EX2 through EX8 will be available soon after for $1.99/€1.99 each. To round out the bevy of Spelunker goodness, two more packs are expected next month.

"Fans in Japan salivated over each Championship Expansion release, but we're excited to now be offering them all at once to both North America and Europe," says Scott Tsumura, Tozai's co-founder. "Spelunker addicts beware, because the new stages really turn up the heat! To wit, Championship mode provides fifty lives at game start as opposed to only five in the original mode."


In Spelunker HD, the player navigates each labyrinthine level to reach an ancient statue that stands at the entrance to yet a deeper, more heinous cave. En route, you may operate the archaic mine equipment and ride the automated machinery to aid in your quest. You'll collect a plethora of items and power-ups, encounter a vast array of creatures, and detonate bombs and launch flares as you run, jump and climb your way ever deeper. When nostalgia strikes, an option to play in the original 2D graphic style is also available.

This devious reimagining of the classic 1983 platformer created by Tim Martin contains all the fun and teeth-grinding challenge of the original, but with bold new 3D graphics, 100 freshly designed levels (and soon to be 100 more), and both co-op and competitive multiplayer modes for up to six players.

Spelunker HD received a PlayStation Store Top Sales Award when it first became available in Japan in 2009. It also received a truckload of critical acclaim in North America and Europe including a Best of 2010 award from Joystiq.
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From the classics of yesterday to the original IP of tomorrow, Tozai Games delivers lasting gaming experiences to passionate gamers around the globe. Based in Bellevue, Washington, and Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, Tozai Games is an experienced team of professionals dedicated to building successful licensing and publishing relationships around the world.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.