Cuphead (partially found cut content from 2D boss rush platformer; 2017)


Cuphead (cut content)
Cuphead artwork.
Cuphead artwork.
Status Partially Found

Cuphead is a 2D boss rush platformer made and published by StudioMDHR Entertainment. The game has been praised for its heavily 1930s inspired cartoon style and is widely regarded as one of the hardest video games ever made.

Gameplay

The gameplay of Cuphead can be summed up with this: for run & gun levels, you run to the right, shoot everything in sight, and try to stay alive; while in boss battles, you shoot the boss, dodge its attacks and try to stay alive.

Cut Content

Although Cuphead was released in 2017, the game was delayed a couple of times. It was originally slated to be released somewhere around 2014, according to a teaser trailer released in 2013. It was originally going to be a "boss rush" type of game where you have to defeat each boss in order to progress, but it went through many development changes over time. Since its delay, most of the content from the supposed demo or beta either got removed or had been left out inside the game's files.[1][2][3] Here are the contents that got cut out over time:

Bosses

  • The Devil Bat (can be seen in the E3 2014 trailer)
  • Squid (can be seen in the video "Cuphead Gameplay" by Tom's Guide)
  • The Spider (only appears in screenshots, presumably wasn't made or never finished)
  • Double Goopy (only appears in the teaser trailer)
  • Pachinko (can be fought by debugging, it even had a death quote)
  • Light (can also be fought by debugging, most likely a test level for an unfinished boss)
  • Card (can also be fought by debugging, most likely a test level for an unfinished boss named "King Card")

Attacks

  • Triple Laser/Wide Shot (it fires three shots in one direction, it was replaced by Spread)
  • Ranger/Exploder (can be seen on the teaser and the 2014 trailer, they're circular and explode when in contact with the enemies but when used in-game, they just pop instead of exploding, they're also different in terms of design)
  • Arc (they fire in an arc, and they're shaped like stars, it was replaced by Lobber)
  • Plane Laser (the only attack that can only be equipped using the Cheat engine, They look and had the same function as the peashooter)
  • Arcade Peashooter (can be equipped by debugging, the game will softlock as soon as you equip it)

Charms

  • Shield/Pit Saver (they prevent you from getting damaged from falling into pits, they also extend your invincibility time)

Conclusion

Although most of these contents can't be encountered by normal gameplay, they can still be found in the game's file and its possible to use them in-game by debugging the game or by manipulating the values of save files. As for the bosses, it's unknown if they'll ever be returned for the sequel (if there are plans for a sequel, which has not been officially confirmed).

Gallery

The teaser trailer (The Double Goopy as well as the Exploder can be seen here).
A video showcasing some of the unreleased bosses.
The Pachinko fight.
A video showcasing the unused weapons as well as the Pit Saver.
The "Light" fight.
The "Card" fight (its impossible to beat because there's no hitbox for the boss).

References

  1. TV Tropes article on Cuphead trivia. Retrieved 31 Oct 2017
  2. NeoGAF thread on Cuphead cut content. Retrieved 31 Oct 2017
  3. The Cutting Room Floor article on Cuphead. Retrieved 31 Oct 2017

Comments


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Ryanskii

18 days ago
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Did you use any references for this article?
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Anonymous user #1

18 days ago
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oh right, forgot about that whoops XD
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ElectricBoltGaming8462

17 days ago
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but what if its found by debugging, does that count?
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Ryanskii

18 days ago
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Also is some of this found?
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ElectricBoltGaming8462

18 days ago
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well if its on youtube and can be accessed by debug mode then I say yeah
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Ryanskii

18 days ago
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just because it's on YouTube doesn't mean its found
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Studman

12 days ago
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it kind of does. it proves that it still exists and someone has access to it.
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Nscott144

10 days ago
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I would have to agree with studman, there's proof, you can access it, but as for the bosses i would consider them lost since there is no code or proof of them in the game, unless I have been proven wrong (I didn't get to play the game yet.)
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ElectricBoltGaming8462

17 days ago
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good point

also I think I made a mistake on not just having lack of references, I think it has to do with the fact that its supposed to be "partially LOST" not "partially FOUND" XD (sometimes, I just mix the two up)
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ElectricBoltGaming8462

17 days ago
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ok nvm
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SenaUW

16 days ago
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Quick hint: when writing about unsurfaced video game material like this, it's recommended to specify which builds are covered on the article, not just make a collection of all the material known to have been implemented at different points in time and then removed again at different points. It's simply unfeasible to look for content this way. You usually find builds, not individual code/files.

As for content left unused but still in the files, they shouldn't count as found media because they never have been lost, just locked away and only accessible through modding/memory manipulation.
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ElectricBoltGaming8462

14 days ago
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oh right, thanks for the hint. I really appreciate it, It is my first time to make an article but still, thanks for the information
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Anonymous user #2

15 days ago
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this game is new and it already has lost content LOL
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Ryanskii

15 days ago
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Every game has lost content really if you think about it
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Anonymous user #3

15 days ago
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I can't remember where in the world I read it, but I recall reading something happening to the earlier bosses, like the data and I'm presuming physical drawings got destroyed.
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Anonymous user #4

13 days ago
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Light and card seem to be engine tests of sorts, and most likely were never intended to be apart of the final game.
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SADLAD84

10 days ago
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Considering the art style of the game (how everything is hand-drawn), would it be okay if I added this under lost animation?
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Paul McCartney

10 days ago
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I do not believe you should, considering every game(whether 2d or 3d) is animated.
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Anonymous user #5

6 days ago
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i remember reading about this in gameinformer back in 2014, though 10 year old me reading in the dark at 11:00 wouldnt help
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