“Depth, not breadth.” That is the mantra for The Scrumptious Final Course, Cuphead’s DLC that arrives throughout all methods on thirtieth June.
Initially introduced again in 2018, The Scrumptious Final Course has been a longtime coming for ravenous Cuphead followers. Priced £6.79, it provides round 4 hours of issues to do on the model new Inkwell Isle, and introduce new playable character Ms. Chalice.
Studio MDHR’s purpose, it says, shouldn’t be solely to offer one thing additional to play, however add new gameplay flavours to the prevailing essential sport. As an amuse bouche, Eurogamer received a hands-off peek on the new DLC and it is wanting like there will probably be loads to sink your tooth into.
The DLC is totally built-in into the sport, somewhat than a separate menu. Accessing Inkwell Isle is so simple as chatting to the brand new Boatman character, who’ll whisk you away in your new journey to show the corporeal Ms. Chalice into bodily kind. Naturally, that is finished by means of meals. With that, Cuphead and Mugman’s quest to defeat bosses and acquire their elements for Chef Saltbaker to make use of in a Wondertart begins. It is as surreal as you’d count on.
A serious cause (apart from the pandemic, after all) for the DLC’s delay is the sheer quantity of labor that goes into its animation. There are apparently extra frames of animation in a single section of a boss combat right here than in a whole three-phase battle within the authentic. All of the visuals are hand drawn however now function much more element, from the bosses themselves to the sector backdrops that add extra scale and depth than earlier than. The sheer quantity of stuff on display is vastly spectacular.
That is matched by a brand new musical rating which, just like the animation, continues to take its cues from the Thirties but additionally plunders new genres for inspiration. In the meantime, the brand new Inkwell Isle is one other gorgeous map space to discover that is now devoid of run-and-gun ranges, however brimming – the studio guarantees – with secrets and techniques to find and additional distinctive challenges.
Maybe the largest new addition is Ms. Chalice herself who, Studio MDHR says, performs significantly completely different to the titular Cuphead. On paper she’s way more cellular, with a double bounce, a splash (that additionally parries), and a dodge roll, plus she will get an additional hit level. There is a trade-off, although: to play as Ms. Chalice means equipping a particular cookie attraction, locking you out of different probably helpful skills. Taking part in as Chalice shouldn’t be a simple mode, however only a completely different means of tackling the sport’s notoriously tough bosses.
Studio MDHR are additionally including in a tonne of latest weapons and charms, as soon as once more bought from Porkrind’s Emporium. That features the Crackshot weapon that breaks right into a homing projectile, the Converge weapon that provides a piercing three-way shot, and the homing Chaser weapon (they do not all start with C).
What’s extra, all the new weapons, charms, and Chalice herself will be introduced again to the principle sport, accessed by means of a brand new quick journey system by way of the Boatman. As soon as once more, it is all about including depth and choices to the prevailing sport.
We received to see all of this in motion in opposition to a model new boss from the DLC: Mortimer Freeze in Snow Cult Scuffle. That additional visible element is straight away obvious, with a stage that includes an viewers of eerie snowmen and a phenomenal aurora borealis within the background. Extra grew to become seen because the stage transforms – one other contemporary function for the DLC. After the second section of the battle, wherein Mortimer turns from ice wizard into an abominable snow creature, a collection of platforms seem which have to be climbed to provoke the ultimate section. Mortimer, now reworked right into a ginormous snowflake, have to be confronted whereas navigating shifting platforms in opposition to the night time sky.
It is scrumptious Cuphead stuff – lovely but fiendishly tough – however now with an additional stage of confidence and aptitude, accompanied by a cacophony of roaring jazz trumpets. The boss additionally appeared designed for Chalice’s new transfer set as she dodges and weaves round a number of projectiles. It’s going to be fascinating to see how troublesome that’s with the – comparably stilted – Cuphead.
As for what’s subsequent from Studio MDHR, do not count on a remastered model of Cuphead for Xbox Collection X/S or PS5. The DLC will probably be obtainable on all present platforms, however no new variations are deliberate. As a substitute, the crew is taking a look at different video games and types for future tasks. That’ll definitely add some breadth to its already tasty portfolio.
Cuphead: The Scrumptious Final Course will probably be launched on thirtieth June throughout Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Swap, and PC (Steam and GOG), for £6.79 / $7.99 / €7.99.