Studio MDHR and Xbox have revealed a brand-new, free update for 2017’s excellent 1930s cartoon-flavoured, super-punishing run and gun boss battler, Cuphead, made just for Xbox players to celebrate the game’s debut on the platform.
Rather than add any gameplay tweaks or new challenges when it drops on Friday, September 29th (depending on timezones), the Xbox Anniversary Update is introducing a new Bonus menu to the game that includes a special Art Gallery, Music Player and Behind-the-Scenes video player to give fans a deeper look into the game’s creation with support from ID@Xbox.
There’ll be over 100 high-resolution photos to pore over, a whopping 86 tracks of music to listen to, footage of artists hard at work bringing the game’s distinct, hand-crafted presentation to life and more.
“Original sketches, concept art, process footage of painting or model work, unused music tracks, orchestra session footage, you name it,” says Studio MDHR Co-Director Chad Moldenhauer in the Xbox blog post. “Knowing that we wanted to give our thanks to the Xbox community that has shown us love from day 1, we really thought about the kinds of things we would want to see as fans of Cuphead. The goal was to make this update feel like a real peek behind the scenes at what went into bringing the game to life, across all parts of development!”
The Xbox Anniversary Update for Cuphead will be available as an automatic download for owners of the game on Friday, September 29th on both Xbox and PC.
You can also read our interview with Studio MDHR’s Chad and Maja Moldenhauer, where we discuss the lengthy process of getting Cuphead from conception to reality, how the team was supported by ID@Xbox and how they’ve enjoyed the ridiculous amount of success that’s seen the game’s characters get their own Netflix show and even an appearance in Super Smash Bros, right here.