If you just read the headline and stopped there, you could probably guess the rest of the story: Studio MDHR is delaying Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course due to the challenges of game development amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The expansion DLC was supposed to release in 2020, but now a vague mention of “next year” is the only release window we have.
Studio MDHR has detailed its position in a message on social media, essentially explaining that it won’t sacrifice quality to meet an arbitrary deadline: “In true Studio MDHR fashion, we aren’t content for this final chapter to be anything less than our best work. Throughout development, we’ve challenged ourselves to put everything we learned from making Cuphead into the quality of The Delicious Last Course‘s animation, design, and music.” A delay will provide the team the time it needs to make this expansion sparkle the way fans are expecting.
In the wake of the ongoing global pandemic affecting so many, we have made the difficult decision to push back the release of The Delicious Last Course. For our wonderful Cuphead community, we've prepared a letter from Studio MDHR founders Chad & Jared Moldenhauer to share more. pic.twitter.com/XiU57Wcn1y
— Studio MDHR (@StudioMDHR) November 25, 2020
Cuphead has been nothing short of a phenomenon, its eponymous protagonist becoming the biggest new gaming icon since Shovel Knight. The game is expanding to include The Cuphead Show! on Netflix, and we reported back in September how Arby’s was offering toys based on the game characters. So all we need now is Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (as a simultaneous release) and we’ll just be spoiled with content in 2021.