'Cuphead' studio delays first DLC until 2020

The Delicious Last Course expansion needs a little more time in the oven.

Fans of run-and-gun shooter Cuphead have surely been waiting patiently for the arrival of the game's first expansion, which Studio MDHR announced at E3 2018. You might have been expecting to get to grips with new playable character Ms. Chalice, weapons, charms and even more fiendishly difficult bosses sometime over the next few months, but the Delicious Last Course DLC has now been delayed until next year.

Studio MDHR said it was pushing back the release date of the expansion to make sure "this new adventure meets the meticulous level of care and quality we always strive for." The developer also suggests it's hoping to avoid the crunch culture that permeates the games industry, whereby developers are often encouraged or required to work a vast amount of overtime to finish a project promptly. "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," the studio wrote in a blog post.

The delay perhaps shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, given the lengthy development time of the core game, and the labor-intensive process of piecing together every hand-drawn frame of animation to form Cuphead's distinctively beautiful visuals. Nevertheless, the team offered a brief glimpse of what's in store when the expansion finally arrives, in the form of a teaser trailer.