StudioMDHR announced today that it has delayed the release of Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, a major DLC update to the original Cuphead title, to 2020.
“While we initially announced a 2019 release date for the ‘Delicious Last Course’ expansion, our highest priority is making sure this new adventure meets the meticulous level of care and quality we always strive for,” Studio MDHR co-director Chad Moldenhauer says. “We want to be absolutely certain that this next adventure feels at home in the world of ‘Cuphead’ and is full of moments that surprise and delight players. Furthermore, the development of the original game taught us a great deal about the importance of making things in a way that’s healthy and sustainable for our team.”
Despite being the hardest game since the original Shadow of the Beast, Cuphead was a smash hit, and it followed up its successful run on Xbox One and Windows with later ports to the Mac and Nintendo Switch. Part of its appeal, of course, is its dazzling visual style, which closely resembles animated cartoons from the 1930s. It sold over 3 million copies in the first year.
Rather than release a sequel, StudioMDHR announced in mid-2018 that it would release an expansion—or DLC, for downloadable content—to the original game called The Delicious Last Course. It was originally promised for 2019 and is set to introduce a new playable character called Ms. Chalice. But now it’s going to take longer.
“We’re taking a page out of Chef Saltbaker’s book, and spending the necessary time to get the recipe just right – this means that we’ll be moving the release of ‘The Delicious Last Course’ to 2020,” Moldenhauer explains. “This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but we’re confident it’s one that will result in a higher quality experience that’s all the sweeter when it does arrive.”
On a related note, this is what real transparency looks like: You promise something and the own up to it when you fail. Microsoft could learn a few things from this very small company.
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