I’m not often prone to hyperbole, but Cuphead is one of the best looking games I’ve ever seen in my life.
The sidescrolling shooter looks like it’s come straight from a 1930’s cartoon – the visuals, sound effects, and feel are all spot on – for that reason, we all fell for the Xbox One exclusive when it was announced back in 2015.
Originally, the game was meant to come sometime in 2016, or ‘1936 plus 80 years’, as the announcement trailer says.
Unfortunately, developer Studio MDHR just announced in a brief post on its website, that it now intends to launch the game in mid-2017.
Throughout this year we discussed reducing the scope to make a 2016 release, but we made the difficult decision to delay the launch in order to ship with our vision intact. We are happy to announce that Cuphead will be coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam in mid-2017. [W]e wanted to finish our game 80 years after 1936 but it will now be 81.
Of course, while delays are initially disappointing, they can only be good news in the long run. A game as gorgeous as Cuphead deserves to play as good as it looks.
More to the point, games like No Man’s Sky have shown us what can happen when a game is all style on the surface but lacks any kind of substance.
Let’s hope Studio MDHR use this time wisely to make Cuphead one of the Xbox One’s must-own titles.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.