Cuphead, the run and gun side-scroller, will not release in 2016. Studio MDHR, finally came to the decision about a release window for their highly anticipated title. Studio MDHR plans to release Cuphead sometime in mid-2017.
In the blog post, Art Director, Chad Moldenhauer talks about the tough choices his team has made in the past year of development. “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,” said Moldenhauer.
Cuphead looked to be closing in on a release date. In addition to making an appearance on stage at E3, MDHR also delivered playable demos at both Comic-Con and PAX East in 2016. Studio MDHR remained silent about a concrete release date throughout the year.
Studio MDHR announced Cuphead at E3 in 2014. The side-scroller was showcased as part of the ID @ Xbox program, Microsoft’s initiative to attract indie developers.
Cuphead was quick to turn heads with its colorful art style and insane boss fights. Cuphead follows its titular character and his brother, Mugman. After losing a bet with the Devil, the two heroes set out on an adventure to pay back their debt.
With a focus on boss fights and difficulty, Cuphead returns players to a time where side-scrollers ruled. New players and pros will struggle as they attempt to defeat the numerous bosses strung throughout the game. Players will also get a healthy dose of platforming mixed in with their boss fights.
The boss-rush/platformer hybrid was set to release in 2015. With the full backing of Microsoft, Studio MDHR decided to delay Cuphead into 2016. “With Microsoft helping us out, we are able to push the art further, refine the mechanics more, and deliver the Cuphead game we’ve always dreamed of,” said Moldenhauer. “In development, time is our greatest asset, and pushing the release to 2016 allows us to make for the best game possible.”
Upon its release, Cuphead will be available on Xbox One, Windows 10, and also through Steam. Until that day, all controllers are safe from the rage inducing boss fights.