Friday, January 21, 2022

The Cuphead Show Hits Netflix Next Month, New Trailer Released

Cuphead and his trusty drink-holding brother will hit Netflix next month.  This news was announced today with the first official trailer for the series, which is called The Cuphead Show. This new trailer comes seven months after our first sneak peek at the show and as that peek indicated, The Cuphead Show will be about the titular character and his brother, Mugman, traversing the Inkwell Isles.  Click here to watch embedded media Unlike the game, which tasks players with wiping some debt owed to the Devil, it seems that the show is less about a central story such as that and more about episode-to-episode adventures that may or may not be hijacked by some devilish deeds from the Devil. However, the trailer reveals quite a few of the locales visited in Cuphead as well as many of the bosses our heroes face in the game.  “Based on the award-winning video game that smashed onto the scene with a gorgeous retro animation style, The Cuphead Show is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman,” a press release from Netflix reads. “As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back.”  As you might expect, the show retains the same retro style of animation as the game and it features the same 1920s-esque antics and comedy seen in it as well.  Click here to watch embedded media “The Cuphead Show combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies – espeically when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes.”  Netflix Animation is producing the 12-episode series, and each episode will run for 12 minutes. Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhaur from Studio MDHR are executive producers. The voice cast includes Tru Valentino (Psychonauts 2) as Cuphead, Frank Todaro (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) as Mugman, Joe Hanna (Dishonored 2) as Elder Kettle, Luke Millington-Drake as the Devil, Grey Griffin (Batman: Arkham City) as Ms. Chalice, and Wayne Brady (Who's Line Is It Anyway?) as King Dice.  The Cuphead Show was announced back in 2019, and you can read about that original announcement here. Check out our thoughts on the video game that the show is based on in Game Informer’s Cuphead review after that and then read about how Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, which features the same Ms. Chalice seen in The Cuphead Show, launches this June. Are you excited for The Cuphead Show? Let us know in the comments below! 

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    Rocket League is Going Free to Play September 23 on Xbox One

    Start your engines! Rocket League, the long-running hybrid hit where soccer meets driving, will be available for free starting September 23! Even if you’re a longtime player, this is going to feel like a whole new experience. As we get closer to the launch of free to play, get caught up to speed on everything coming with our next update.

    Rocket League‘s latest update is going live tomorrow for anyone who already owns the game. The update will lay much of the groundwork leading up to the September 23 launch. Here’s everything you can expect with both the update and the launch of free to play.

    Revamped Tournaments

    Get ready for a whole new way to compete! Rocket League’s Tournaments feature is getting a major overhaul when free to play launches. Soon, players around the world will be able to join automatically scheduled Competitive Tournaments each day for free, climb their way through their bracket, and reap the rewards of victory!

    Competitive Tournaments are 3v3, but teams of any size can join. Once you join a Competitive Tournament, your team will be automatically entered into a bracket with 32 teams of a similar rank. You’ll earn Tournament Credits based on how your team finishes, which can be redeemed for items that you’ll find in Rocket League Tournaments. Tournaments will be available to join after the launch of free to play on September 23.

    Game-Wide Challenges

    Challenges will be one of the main ways you’ll unlock free customization items after free to play. Instead of just being part of Rocket Pass, now players will have Weekly, Event, and even Season Challenges that will all grant items or XP. Each week, all players will get three new Challenges, while Rocket Pass Premium users will receive an additional three. Complete your Challenges and expand your inventory!

    Cross-Platform Progression

    Following tomorrow’s update, Cross-Platform Progression will be live in Rocket League. Simply log into your Epic Games Account on the account linking page that will be live tomorrow, link your platforms where you play Rocket League, and choose your primary platform where you have the highest Rank and XP Level. Then, you’ll be able to share your inventory, Rank, and Rocket Pass Tier across all platforms!

    Streamlined Seasons and New Ranks

    Rocket Pass, Competitive Season, and soon Tournaments will all be rolled into a single schedule, and will all start and end at the same time. It all starts with Season 1 when free to play launches.

    Plus, Competitive Ranks are expanding, and there’s a new competitive mountain to climb. The next Competitive Season is bringing new ranks. Grand Champion is being split into Grand Champion I, Grand Champion 2, and Grand Champion 3. After that, there’s a new highest rank in Rocket League: Supersonic Legend. Good luck out there!

    We hope you check out Rocket League when it launches for free on September 23, and if you’re a longtime veteran, we hope you enjoy all the new features from Tournaments to Challenges. The pitch is waiting. Bring your friends and take your shot this month!

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