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Cuphead now shooting for mid-2017 release

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Developer says it won’t compromise to ship the game this year

Cuphead - flower boss stretched out

Cuphead developer Studio MDHR now plans to release its stylish cartoony platformer sometime in the middle of next year, according to an update posted to its website.

"Throughout this year we discussed reducing the scope to make a 2016 release, but we made the difficult decision to delay the launch in order to ship with our vision intact," Studio MDHR co-founder Chad Moldenhauer wrote on the developer’s website. "We are happy to announce that Cuphead will be coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam in Mid-2017."

Cuphead was originally unveiled in 2014, and while it was expected to arrive sometime this year — it was on multiple Polygon editors’ most anticipated games of 2016 lists — the game didn’t have a firm release date.

Our most recent look at Cuphead, which draws inspiration from 1930s cartoons and 16-bit era games like Gunstar Heroes, Contra 3 and Super Mario World, comes from PAX West. You can check out more than six minutes of co-op boss battle gameplay in the video below.