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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    Square Enix Unearths More Footage of the Canceled Horror-Esque Tomb Raider Game

    The 2013 Tomb Raider reboot almost took a different shape. It was almost a spookier title that was more like a mix of Silent Hill and Ico. But Square Enix didn’t speak much about it. The publisher released a slew of videos about the canceled title called Tomb Raider: Ascension, showing branding and early gameplay, some of which had already leaked out years prior.

    The official Tomb Raider YouTube channel has released three videos so far on Ascension. The first shows early concept art of the game, revealing a more realistic version of Lara Croft. Her more grounded approach has some similarities to the iteration seen in the 2013 reboot. These slides also have monsters in them, hinting at its horror origins, as well as more classic, naturalistic Tomb Raider environments.

    The second video has actual gameplay in it, which is admittedly quite rough. The gameplay is mostly placeholder assets and effects, but shows Lara traversing a dark cave, shooting arrows, using a flamethrower against foes in a building, hacking and slashing against a monster, and riding a horse outside while a huge being stalks her. It’s quite different from what Tomb Raider has been in the past.

    The most recent video shows what box art the game could have had as well as potential logos. It is paired with “exploratory VO” to evoke a certain tone.

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    “You think you know me?” she says. “Think you’ve seen me before? The Brit princess. The rich girl with the pretty face, shiny guns, and a flair for gymnastics. I think you have got me mixed up with someone else. I’m not perfect. I’m not bulletproof. I struggle. I bleed. I get cold. I get lost. I have doubts. I know pain. I know fear. One day, I will become a legend. A warrior. A hero. A raider. But first I will be a survivor. Still think you know me? Think again.”

    This canceled reboot hasn’t had this much official attention, but it has been a known quantity for some time. Rough gameplay made its way onto YouTube in 2013 and even showed some of the same footage found in Square Enix’s newer videos, proving its legitimacy. Geoff Keighley’s Final Hours on the game even had some information about it. And in an interview with MinnMax from February 2021, former Creative Director and Franchise Director Tim Longo spoke openly about the title and how it related to games like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Lara’s cut companion character (which is likely one of the beings in the concept art), and the tricky balance of trying to do new things with a franchise without alienating what it is at its core.

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