How 'Celeste' Found Success in Embracing Speedrunners Who Broke The Game

Few games from the past few years are as much of a joy to control as Celeste, a thoughtful story about climbing a mountain and living with mental illness, that's simultaneously a brutal platformer. It's little surprise, then, that Celeste has also developed a dedicated following since its release, including a healthy speedrunning community. But Celeste has a unique relationship with speedrunners. Unlike most other games, where speedrunners often feel like friendly antagonists trying to break a game apart, Celeste's developers have worked hand-in-hand with the speedrunning community to aid them in breaking the game apart.

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