Ever since 2014 it’s become an E3 tradition to watch the latest build of the playable 1930’s cartoon Cuphead. We figured the game was making its final appearance at the event last June, but it could still get one more in: developer Studio MDHR has announced Cuphead is being delayed at least nine months in order to polish it further.
“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 MHDR’s co-founder Chad Moldenhauer. “We are happy to announce that Cuphead will be coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam in Mid-2017.”
Here’s the truth, though: we were never promised a 2016 release for Cuphead. The vague release date was sometime within this entire year, and most reporters assumed that meant in the fall. The most recent appearance the game has made was at PAX West last month; Polygon captured some new gameplay footage from it.
Since it already looks great, one wonders how it represents a “reduced scope.” If the final product is going to be even better, then delay away, guys. Cuphead may or may not come to XBox One, Windows 10 and Steam next summer.