When Cuphead was revealed at Microsoft’s E3 press conference in 2014, the game’s striking 1930’s cartoon aesthetic and jazzy big-band score made a huge impact, and gamers have been clamoring to get their hands on it ever since. Although originally scheduled for last year, the game was delayed significantly — but it’s finally here. EW has your exclusive first look at the game’s launch trailer, which you can watch above.
Developed by StudioMDHR, Cuphead is a co-op action-platformer with a heavy emphasis on boss battles, and the game’s stunning Steamboat Willie-inspired look belies a fiendish difficulty curve. The story is that Cuphead and pal Mugman have lost a deal with the devil and must traverse a surreal yet adorable hellscape to repay their debt. Prepare to die a lot as you run, jump, and shoot your way through intense levels teeming with ruthless adversaries and punishing boss encounters.
“We are very excited and extremely proud of Cuphead,” said Maja Moldenhauer, artist and producer at StudioMDHR, in a statement to EW. “It is what we only dreamed this game would be. We hope fans can savor the victories, but most of all, just have fun with it.”
Cuphead is available exclusively on Xbox One and PC for $19.99.