Since Cuphead released back in 2018, fans have been yearning for the upcoming “Delicious Last Course” DLC, which looks to give fans some closure. Sadly, we’ll need to wait a bit longer.
Developer MDHR had initially planned the DLC for some-time this year but had to make the tough call to delay the additional content in favor of giving fans a high level of quality and the desire to avoid crunch in order to sustain a healthier work environment.
With an increase in articles pertaining to developer studio “crunch”, it’s not surprising that MDHR wants to avoid any kind of similar expose, and honestly, I commend them for making that hard decision.
Chad Moldenhauer, a co-director at Studio MDHR, said in a statement that, “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. 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.”
“With that in mind, 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. 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.”
While these decisions are never easy to make, it’s typically the right one. Countless games, especially over the past few years, have benefited greatly to release delays. Not only are the games usually more polished and refined, the people making them probably live healthier lives because of them.
“Crunch” is an increasingly common term within the gaming industry; one that typically points to unhealthy working environments in which employees are forced to work egregiously long hours in a very short period of time. Regardless of how badly fans want to play a game, this type of work ethic is never acceptable. If you want to put in those hours on your own fruition then fine, but when a studio demands it, the fallout usually isn’t great. So while it’s unfortunate that Studio MDHR needs to delay this new content, it is absolutely the right call to make. Especially in a game where every single frame is a hand-drawn work of art.
When the Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course eventually drops it will include an entirely new island to explore, “full of delectable adventures for Cuphead and Mugman to gnaw on.” It will also introduce players to a third playable character, Ms. Chalice.
The Cuphead DLC is currently in development for Windows PC, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. Be sure to check out the teaser trailer below!