Plus Cuphead might just be a tasty end dish

Cuphead’s wonderfully vibrant art style is so timeless that the return to brutal racing and shooting nearly five years after release (two years for PS4 players) doesn’t seem like a step back in time. He’s still a looker, and still as tough as ever. It is this difficulty that fans will have to rediscover when they return to the title with Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course at the end of this month, which represents the only expansion of the base game, even if it arrives almost half a year. -decade later. .

A recent online preview gave us a very brief look at The Delicious Last Course (DLC, get it?), which, for starters, revealed a number of key details. Released on June 30, 2022, it will cost £6.79 / $7.99. New content comes in PS4 version; there’s no native PS5 edition in the works, StudioMDHR confirmed to us. Access to the new Inkwell Isle is granted after beating at least one Mausoleum, and while your overall playtime will depend on your skill level, you should expect the DLC to last somewhere in the region of three. at four o’clock.

That’s because The Delicious Last Course is billed as a “deep expansion, not a breadth expansion.” It’s about adding more quality rather than content for enjoyment – something StudioMDHR says is reflected in the soundtrack. Having “beaten the depths of the 1930s”, he has a new “shorter but denser” track list. There is also a new character to embody: Mrs. Chalice.


With a double jump and more moves to use during combat, she’s an option that’s a big improvement over Cuphead and Mugman (both are still playable in the DLC, though). However, StudioMDHR emphasizes that it shouldn’t be considered an easy mode – its moveset will simply be advantageous in specific situations.

Arriving on the new Inkwell Isle, it’s your job to help The Legendary Chalice escape the Astral Plane by collecting ingredients for Chef Saltbaker, who will prepare a magical dish to make it whole again. These ingredients are, of course, guarded by the bosses located across the new playfield.

You can explore the new island for free, which is said to be the largest yet with more secrets to uncover. In fact, the studio pointed out that our brief look at The Delicious Last Course only scratched the surface of the treasures hidden within. StudioMDHR really wants you to “peel the depths of the game,” and a new set of trophies will promote that.

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Boss fights are the name of the game in Cuphead, however, and this expansion has them in abundance. What the team has really focused on this time around is increasing the animation footage during such encounters. An example of this commitment is that the single boss phases contain more animated images than the base game’s entire boss fights. This is perhaps most noticeable during stage transformations, which are very impressive this time around. Our preview focused on a single boss, but leaving the ground to fight the baddie in the sky was fascinating.

More interestingly, the side-scrolling race and weapon levels that interrupted boss fights will not appear at all in The Delicious Last Course. StudioMDHR had “other creative ideas” it wanted to implement, so it came up with a set of specific challenges to complete. They are considered “a new experience” that adds “significantly to the DLC”.

Finally, all weapons, charms, and mechanics from the DLC can be carried over to the original game. Ms. Chalice’s abilities and moveset can be used to take down bosses you’ve fought over and over again, while fast travel has also been implemented to make it easier to move from one Inkwell island to another. However, no changes were made to the base game itself. “We didn’t want to go back and make specific level and boss changes. We kinda like the game as it is,” StudioMDHR said.

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So while it has a new character to play alongside new features and items here and there, The Delicious Last Course is more Cuphead. Challenging boss fights are back, with all the visual spectacle and charismatic flair you’ve come to expect.

StudioMDHR wants to pursue new games and other visual styles for the future, but at the end of the month, its fans have one last lesson to savor. With strawberry sauce and chocolate chips on top, The Delicious Last Course will likely live up to its name. Delicious, but deadly.

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