Console exclusive content can be a bit of a gray area. Certain games are timed exclusives for one console such as Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One or Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for the PS2 with the games eventually ending up on competing systems later on. Studio MDHR, developer of the charming 1930s aesthetic platformer Cuphead have cleared up any doubt as to whether their game will ever appear on other platforms other than those previously announced (Xbox One, Microsoft Windows).
On one the NeoGAF forums a reader was inquiring about Cuphead, “So is this game 100% lifetime PC/Microsoft exclusive? I’m seeing mixed information. This probably won’t get answered.”
Answered it was indeed by a member named Teeth who would be one of the two Canadian brothers who make up Studio MDHR. His response was, “Yes, this Cuphead game is exclusive to Xbox and PC (with Steam and Win10 versions at launch and a GoG release likely shortly after). There will likely be a Mac version down the road and possibly a Linux version beyond that (unless we lose our houses or whatever). We own the Cuphead IP.”
In short, the platforms that the hand-drawn video game will appear on is likely set in stone meaning that PlayStation and Nintendo gamers will not have the opportunity to play the highly anticipated title. At this year’s E3 conference it was confirmed that Cuphead now has a firm release date of September 29, 2017. The game has been in development since 2010 with Chad Moldenhaur working on the title from Toronto while his brother, Jared, also worked on the development from Saskatchewan. The brothers based Cuphead’s visuals on 1930s cartoons which the two used to watch on VHS tapes during their youth. The game focuses heavily on boss battles along with some platforming elements.