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This Week In Gaming 1-23-18

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Matt Paprocki looks into the development of Factor 5's Lair and talks about the difficulty of writing pieces like that, How Sierra and a Disgraced Cop Made the Most Reactionary Game of the 90s, Crunch The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem, how Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel tries to let players be themselves, Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel player suspended, previews with Civilization 6 expansion, Extra Credits explains the job of the QA tester, Why The Last of Us's Game Director Left Naughty Dog, Denuvo bought by Irdeto, Ys 8 PC release delayed again, how a stream like AGDQ comes together, How Gorogoa is a game about fitting things together, and more.


Gaming News (Announcements, previews, release dates, interviews and writing on upcoming games, DLC and game updates, company and developer news, country news, tech, mods)


We Played Celeste While Designer Matt Thorson Watched


I talked to Towerfall designer Matt Thorson while playing his new game, Celeste, which comes out on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on January 25th.


Nintendo is making a bunch of weird DIY cardboard toys for the Switch and they’re awesome


Build your own fishing rod, piano, or... robot suit


7 foolproof way to survive in Metal Gear Survive - Metal Gear Survive gameplay


Metal Gear Survive gameplay isn't like your normal Metal Gear games, so join Ian Higton for 7 foolproof tips on how to survive your first few hours with the game. Featuring Metal Gear Survive PS4 gameplay, Metal Gear Survive single player gameplay and Metal Gear Survive multiplayer gameplay!

Metal Gear Survive wants you to play online with friends or die


Following Hideo Kojima’s departure from Konami in 2015, the question left lingering was clear: in which direction would the Metal Gear series that he created move next? The answer is, literally, an alternative reality.

Metal Gear Survive's Beta Is Fun, But It's Not Metal Gear


Metal Gear Survive, the bizarre zombie horde survival game that really has nothing to do with Metal Gear, kicked off an open beta yesterday. It’s surprisingly fun to play but lacks the heart and quirkiness that drew people to the series to begin with.

Metal Gear Survive Requires A Constant Internet Connection, Has Microtransactions


Konami confirms more details about the next Metal Gear game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.


We Happy Few gets delayed to summer and opens Early Access refunds to everyone


We Happy Few has been delayed to summer, and you won’t be able to buy the Early Access version starting next month.


Here’s Seven Minutes of Shadow of the Colossus On PS4 Pro


The game has new textures and animations that make it look great, as well as 4K HDR support for people with 4K TVs and PS4 Pros. PS4 Pro owners without a 4K TV can also run it at 60 fps in “performance” mode.


Ys 8: Lacrimosa of Dana's PC release delayed indefinitely because of performance woes



Publisher NIS America is bringing another developer on board to optimise the PC version.


Hitman composer Jesper Kyd to imbue Warhammer: Vermintide 2 with Nordic vibes


While we know that the only authentic Warhammer soundtrack could come from the likes of 90s metal outfits like Bolt Thrower, there is something to be said for medieval authenticity.


Battletech is shaping up to be a great tactical combat game, and an absorbing mercenary sim



Harebrained's latest channels the spirit of tabletop mech adventure.


ThatGameCompany's Journey successor Sky looks lovely in 30 new minutes of footage


Ahead of its hopefully imminent release on iOS, 30 minutes of Journey developer ThatGameCompany's gorgeous new project, Sky, has appeared online.


Symmetry is a 'survival management' game about a crashed spaceship and an alien horror


A new trailer teases some creepy gameplay.


Brand new ballgame: A look at MLB’s in-house development of R.B.I. Baseball 18


MLB Advanced Media started out managing websites. Now it’s developing its own video game


Following The Crew 2's Delay, Playstation is Refunding All Pre-Orders



On January 7th, Ubisoft's upcoming open world racing game The Crew 2 received a notable delay.


The First 18 Minutes of Dragon Ball FighterZ


We check in on Bulma and Goku in the beginning of a strange adventure in Dragon Ball FighterZ!

Dragon Ball FighterZ has a loot box system that won’t annoy you


There’s plenty to get, but nothing that holds the experience back


God of War – Story Trailer | PS4


From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.


Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares Wins launches in English on May 31 in Asia


Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares Wins will launch for PlayStation 4 on May 31 2018 in Southeast Asia


Kursk will tell the story of a tragic Russian naval disaster


A first-person adventure game set deep below the Barents Sea


Hunt: Showdown alpha testing will get underway at the end of January



Crytek said in November that its team-based supernatural shooter Hunt: Showdown would begin alpha testing sometime this winter. And so it will, as the studio announced today that the closed alpha phase will get underway on January 31.


Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms coming to PC this spring



The PC version of Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will have English, Japanese, and Traditional Chinese subtitles.


Rust comes out of Early Access in February



‘Don’t think of this as us claiming that the game is done’ creator says


Downwell creator joins Nintendo


Ojiro Fumoto, the creator of the acclaimed indie game Downwell, is now working at Nintendo, he said today on Twitter.


Resident Evil 2 director trusts remake team, says 'do as you like'


Hideki Kamiya has faith in the RE2 remake, despite not being involved.


Tight Controls Define This Retro Homage To Ninja Gaiden



At first glance, The Messenger looks like any number of pixel-art projects trying to recreate the magic of decades-old games. Beneath the nostalgic presentation, however, lies an action platformer focused on not just reliving the past but also improving on it. 00:00 00:00


What to expect from Total War: Three Kingdoms



Breaking down the history, literature, and legend of Total War’s next era.


Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match Saunders Girls High School tanks introduction trailer


Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match is due out for PlayStation 4 on February 22, 2018 in Japan, and with English subtitles on February 27 in Southeast Asia


Valkyria Chronicles 4 Japanese first-print and limited edition bonus missions DLC trailer


"Preemptive Special Tactics" and “Joint Operation with Squad 7."

Valkyria Chronicles 4 details Miles, Dan, Ronald, tanks, and research and development


Three more characters and two systems introduced.


Whatever happened to Barkley 2?



After five years, the sequel to cult indie RPG Barkley: Shut up and Jam: Gaiden is still slowly grinding forward.


Cyberpunk puzzler Bit Rat: Singularity confirms the internet is a series of tubes



Here’s a little morsel for the puzzle-fiends among you to chew on. Bit Rat: Singularity is a standalone ‘teaser’ for a larger planned cyberpunk story by new studio Bucket Drum Games, but a full-featured and remarkably clever little game in its own right.


Break Arts 2: Build the anime mecha of your dreams


Giant robots are cool, I think we can all agree on that. Giant racing robots that are entirely hand-built, right down to the running lights, spinny greebles and animated widgets? The only question I have is ‘Where do I sign up?’


Atelier Lydie & Suelle Lets You Craft Or Summon Allies During A Fight


When people head into a battle in Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists of the Mysterious Paintings, they may have an opportunity to engage in some new activities. It will be possible to craft items during battle with Battle Mix or Extra Mix. You can also have eight people in a fight at once for Combination Battles.


Shattered Realms Developers Talk About Bringing Fighting Game Complexity To Brawlers



Combos, move cancelling, super moves, and all manner of fighting game abilities are being brought to Shattered Realms, a beat ‘em up that draws from the fighting game genre to create some exciting play opportunities to the genre.


Candleman: The Complete Journey is coming to PC at the end of January


A PC trailer shows off the fairy tale platformer that debuted on the Xbox One last year.


Total War: Warhammer 2 raises the dead in new Tomb Kings footage, full roster named


Check out 11 minutes of death in the desert.

The Warhammer 2 Tomb Kings patch notes are here, with lots of upgrades for Bretonnians


The Rise of the Tomb Kings DLC for Total War: Warhammer 2, which adds in a new playable race to the game (unsurprisingly called the Tomb Kings), is coming out in just a few days, on January 23, but the patch notes have already gone live, and has a nice surprise for players who enjoy the Mortal Empires campaign.


Endless Space 2 unveils The Vaulters DLC


First expansion lands alongside new "community challenge" add-on.


Civilization 6: Rise and Fall adds new perils to world domination



Last week, I got some play time with Civilization 6’s forthcoming expansion, Rise and Fall. My demo was only 150 turns long, but I played a few games and am starting to get a sense of what the expansion’s gameplay changes actually mean. That said, many of the changes really affect mid- and late-game situations, most especially in regards to diplomacy.

150 turns with Civilization VI: Rise and Fall reveals a complex, broad expansion


Battling Dark Age disloyalty and forging alliances in a campaign of highs and lows.

Civ 6 Rise and Fall: hands-on impressions


Rich has been playing a preview build of Rise and Fall, the new expansion for Civilization 6, so Ben asked him what all the new features bring to the game.


Battlefield 1’s final DLC, Apocalypse, thunders in next month



All good things must come to an end. Not to imply that World War 1 was good in the slightest, but the fanciful and oft-spectacular playground of historical inaccuracy that is Battlefield 1 is finally reaching the end of its extended development cycle.


The first DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins pits the Brotherhood against Roman invaders


The first DLC adventure for Assassin’s Creed Origins is out tomorrow, and Ubisoft have provided a trailer showing off what to expect. The Hidden Ones takes place four years after the events of the main story, so beware of spoilers - though they’re mostly light thematic ones.


Eve Online is gearing up for a ‘million dollar battle’


The record has already been broken for most players in a system at one time


Overwatch appears to be getting new skins next week, including a gothic catgirl D.Va


The launch of a new esports venture may have been dominating Overwatch news these past few weeks, but there’s plenty of stuff coming for everyday players, too. We’ve got Blizzard World next week, and alongside that update it appears a big selection of new cosmetics will be coming alongside the update. It looks like Blizzard are already teasing some new skins, too.


PUBG to ban 100,000 cheaters in 'single wave', blue zone balances being tested



Earlier this week, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds launched a fairly innocuous PC patch that targeted bugs and client optimisation. "We are hoping to give you an update on what we have been working on soon", said PUBG Corp in this forum post.


PlayStation is launching a ‘Totaku’ figurine line



They’re not PS4 amiibo, just collectibles


Guild Wars 2 Developers Donate Thousands After Fan’s House Burns Down



Two weeks before Christmas, a Georgia woman lost her home and nearly everything she owned in a fire. When she went back to survey the damage, one of the few things she recovered was a collector’s edition copy of Nightfall, an expansion for Guild Wars, her favorite video game. After she posted her find on Twitter, the game’s developers sent her a generous gift.


Quantic Dream Or Quantic Nightmare? (The Jimquisition)


Following allegations of a fully crap working environment at Quantic Dream, The Jimquisition looks at what's been said and done, and the response from he most often see at the Dream's helm.

I love defenses that just make the people they're trying to defend look worse.


Why The Last of Us's Game Director Left Naughty Dog



The Last of Us and Uncharted director Bruce Straley joins today’s episode of Kotaku Splitscreen to talk about burning out, how he feels about not directing The Last of Us 2, and why he left Naughty Dog after 17 years.


Minecraft boss Matt Booty to lead Microsoft game dev and publishing



Phil Spencer talks up greater investment after promoting Booty to lead all Xbox game teams


Square Enix hires Sonic mastermind Yuji Naka



Acclaimed game designer Yuji Naka announced on Twitter this morning that he was joining Square Enix.


Hirshberg stepping down as Activision Publishing CEO



Head of Call of Duty and Destiny publisher leaving in March after eight years in role


Sony's dev relations head departs - Report



Florian Hunziker leaves PlayStation maker after just a year on the job


Denuvo has been bought by the company that tried to force Overwatch porn offline



Irdeto says the acquisition will enable it to grow the market for its anti-piracy services.


Legendary cover artist Bob Wakelin passes away


Wakelin's work left an indelible mark on the imaginations of players in the 80s, responsible for covers such as Contra, Ocean's Batman and Operation Wolf.


You can now play Silent Hills' P.T. teaser on PC thanks to fan remakes


Two early prototypes are available.


Esports News


The Weekend In Esports: League Of Legends' Spring Season Returns



Things are picking up as the Overwatch League continues with its second week, Hearthstone’s World Championship wraps up in Amsterdam, and League of Legends returns for the spring season.


Doublelift Gets Revenge In North American League Opener



A long-time veteran of the North American League of Legends scene, Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng wrote at the start of this year that one of his goals was to beat his former teammates on Team SoloMid. He didn’t have to wait long.

Longest Game In Pro League of Legends History Shatters Records


Last night’s match between the Jin Air Green Wings and world championship runner-up SKT T1 was not a quick or quiet affair. The best-of-three went the full series, culminating in a 94-minute finale that was both maddening and fascinating.


Regulators In The Philippines Continue To Tighten The Screws On Esports



Competitive gaming in the Philippines was dealt another serious blow after the recent signing of a resolution by the country’s Games and Amusement Board (GAB). In addition to mandatory drug testing for THC and methamphetamines, the resolution will require esports events to ensure all participants are officially licensed by the state as well as share profits with the GAB itself.


Taiwanese player tom60229 crowned Hearthstone world champion



He beat tournament favourite Fr0zen in the final.

The 14 best moments from the 2017 Hearthstone World Championship


From two 44-damage combos to a 10/10 on turn three.


Evil Geniuses Fall In A Sweep At Former Dota 2 Major



This weekend was another shot for the new look of Evil Geniuses to prove itself. While the team’s run up to the grand finals seemed steady, a devastating three-and-done series showed the lineup hasn’t found its footing yet.


The Competitive Smash 4 Scene Is Anxiously Awaiting Nintendo's Next Big Move



The last few years have been pivotal in establishing Super Smash Bros. For Wii U as its own game, separate from its everlasting older sibling Melee. The Smash 4 scene has grown, developed major personalities and storylines, and saw its Evo grand finals live on cable television. Now all eyes are on Nintendo for what’s next.





An ambitious bet from Blizzard


A $25,000 prize pool is up for grabs in the first Gwent tournament of 2018 this weekend



Gwent is still in a public beta, but the second season of the game's pro ladder ended earlier this month, meaning the top eight players from the last season are about to compete in the January 2018 Gwent Open Tournament for a share of $25,000, plus a spot in the April Gwent Challenger Tournament in a few month's time.

Germany’s Superjj102 takes the $10,000 grand prize in the Gwent Open Tournament


This past weekend saw the Gwent Open Tournament go down in Warsaw, Poland, with the pro ladder’s top eight players competing for top honours in the event.


Overwatch League's Dallas Fuel Lets Players Be Themselves, Even When That Causes Trouble



Last month, Overwatch pro Félix “xQc” Lengyel found himself apologizing profusely into a video camera from atop an accidental throne of cardboard boxes. It was not his finest hour, but in some ways, it’s just part of the job.

Overwatch Pro Suspended For Saying Gay Rival Would Enjoy Sucking A 'Fat Cock'


Dallas Fuel player Félix “xQc” Lengyel has found himself in hot water once again, this time for directing an insensitive insult at a player for the Houston Outlaws, shortly after the Outlaws swept Fuel 4-0 yesterday afternoon. Lengyel has been suspended with additional details forthcoming.


South Korean Overwatch Team Lunatic-Hai Disbands



Lunatic-Hai announced yesterday that it would be disbanding and leaving the Overwatch competitive scene.


Parents HQ ad during OWL was a "categorization error" and Twitch "[do] not allow nor support political advertising"


During last night’s Overwatch League match between the Seoul Dynasty and Florida Mayhem, some Twitch viewers in Australia were presented with an ad from an organization called Parents HQ. The six minute video, titled “Queering Children” on YouTube, says that “it’s time for parents to fight back” against gender transition treatments for children, and - among other things - links LGBT advocacy with paedophilia.

Twitch Removes Anti-Transgender Ads On ‘Overwatch League’ But Needs To Stop Calling Them ‘Political’


When Twitch learned of anti-transgender ads running on their stream, they hastened to remove them - but their language leaves something to be desired.





It’s Tuesday evening, and Quarters Korean BBQ in Los Angeles is an aromatic maelstrom of activity. All the tables are packed. The waiting area outside, with its long, low fireplace, is packed. Waiters are running around frantically, seemingly at the urging of their little Secret Service earbuds. And the hostess won’t put us on the list until our whole party has arrived.


Crowdfunding News (not sharing everything I find, just ones that look interesting, have known talent behind them, and a chance to succeed)




A cataclysmic event known as the the great thunder has destroyed much of Oahu. From this event, the old god Kamapua'a has returned and formed his raider army and taken control of what remains. Splintered factions struggle for survival, spirits openly wander the land. It falls to you to restore order from the anarchy that exists today. Lead the survivors to retake the island from the pig god. The choices you make will forever change the world in Nightmarchers.


Content I found interesting this week (interviews, recommendations, think pieces, history, music, culture, design, art, documentaries, criticism, etc)


Lair: What went wrong



We look back at what happened behind the scenes with Factor 5’s big PS3 experiment


How Sierra and a Disgraced Cop Made the Most Reactionary Game of the 90s



When Ken Williams, the chief executive of Sierra On-Line, brought the company's newest game designer to the office, some staff stayed home. Better to get in trouble with management than meet the man accused of fostering a culture of police brutality on a city-wide scale.


Crunch: The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem



From the 2010 Christmas holidays until May 2011, Krzysztof Nosek, the multiplayer programming lead on Call of Juarez: The Cartel, was working himself into the ground.

Five page story


When abuse becomes the cost of doing business



If you look at any of those YouTubers and sort their videos by popularity, you’ll find out what they already know: Shouting is popular. Videos with titles like “Shittiest games 2016” and “Why it is moral to pirate everything Nintendo makes” rate a whole lot better than nuanced and insightful reviews.

That tone has since become the default to talk about game development and to game developers — anger and shouting. It’s the same tone the audience is picking up on and using to speak directly to developers.


Developer detox: How to cultivate a positive company culture



Studios offer advice on how to encourage more banter, less bullying and protect your staff from crunch


The heavy cost of toxic work culture



Regardless of the truth of the allegations of harassment and toxicity at Quantic Dream, many in the industry will have found the claims all too familiar


The cost of games



Yesterday I was in Anaheim giving a talk called “Industry Lifecycles.” It was intended to be a brief summary of the blog post of the same title, with a dash of material from my recent post on game economics.


The Death And Resurrection Of The Fighting Game Community's Most Beloved Message Board



The last few weeks have been a turbulent time for Shoryuken, the world’s leading fighting game website, and full disclosure, my former employer. After the outlet’s owners announced plans to shutter their message boards, the competitive community was sent into a frenzy, worried what the move meant for the future of genre discussion. And while that decision has since been reversed, the momentary alarm revealed a pressing issue with regards to how fighting game information is shared.


Cryptocurrency is ruining PC gaming (and everything else)



I have a lot of respect for Brian Fargo. He was the brains behind some of the best RPGs of all time, including Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, Planescape Torment and, most notably, Fallout. He makes games I love, and he comes across as a chill veteran in the industry, which is increasingly rare these days.

That makes his latest project all the more frustrating because it’s one that epitomises something I’ve been feeling for ages.


Where do downloadable games go when they die?



A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again.


How week-long, 24-hour livestream AGDQ comes together



Homebrew gear, eBay finds, and broken sleep schedules.


Why Do People Hate Mercy in ‘Overwatch?’



Professional players want to get rid of her because she doesn’t fit, but there’s a long history of support hate.


How a 'World of Warcraft' Shitpost Gave This Streamer a Shot at His Dream



A panic attack left Ian Xplosion without a job or a girlfriend, but he did have plenty of time. He decided to start killing boars.


How Gorogoa is a game about fitting things together



This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they underwent to make the best bits of their games. This time, Gorogoa


Dishonored shows that developers should still be building levels and not just worlds



For a long time, levels were the standard delivery format for videogames - discrete chunks of action, exploration, and storytelling that together formed a whole. Look at the best-selling games of 2017, though, and you will discover that is no longer the norm. Destiny 2 spreads its events throughout sprawling planetary hubs. Ghost Recon: Wildlands dots its missions across 11 biomes and 656 kilometres of continuous road.


Divinity: Original Sin 2 ignored 2017’s biggest trends, and that’s why it’s great



There is no perfect way to play DOS2; that’s why we need more games like it.


What Remains of Edith Finch and losing someone you love



When stories are the only things you have left


A Cyberpunk Game Where You Manipulate People With Alcohol


The Red Strings Club starts, and ends, with a character falling out of a high-rise window. There’s no indication that you could do anything to stop this from happening, or even that you’re supposed to. The game is more interested in how you get to that point—and the web of lies, manipulation, and tough choices you leave in your wake.

How 'The Red Strings Club' Sabotages Its Hopeful Cyberpunk Vision


The new game from the creators of 'Gods Will Be Watching" has bold, refreshing ideas about future sex—but also a pitfall into transphobia.


Yesterday, we wrote about deadnaming and a cyberpunk adventure game. Today, we talked to its developers.


The Fight for Accessibility (Ian Hamilton) - Noclip Sessions


Ian Hamilton is an accessibility specialist who co-directs the Gaming Accessibility Conference and consults with game companies over how to make their games more accessible. We talked to him about the small changes studios can make to make their games available to more people.

Learn more about Gaming Accessibility Conference: http://www.gaconf.com
Learn more about accessibility guidelines: http://gameaccessibilityguidelines.com/

Our work is 100% crowdfunded. Consider supporting us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/noclip


The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's dungeon design | Boss Keys


// This video contains footage of all four divine beasts, the final area of the game, and the dungeon from the downloadable content //

19 months, 16 games, 13 videos, and 130 dungeons later, and we finally finish our breakdown of the dungeons in the Zelda series, by looking at 2017's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.


How Super Metroid Creates Fear 👻🎮


My one year anniversary(ish). Continuing this mini-series exploring how Metroid games build their foreboding atmosphere of fear and dread.


2017 in Review: Japan Rises Again


If a good Sonic game comes out, that probably means it was a special year.


History Respawned is Annoyed with Call of Duty WWII


Bob discusses the coverage surrounding Call of Duty WWII, and considers problems related to public memory and scholarship.


The Art and Inspirations of Bloodborne


Spoiler Alert for Bloodborne, but y'know, you clicked on a Bloodborne video so that's pretty much on you.

This channel is ad-free and funded entirely through fan support! • https://www.patreon.com/NickolaiBoulton


So You Want To Be in QA - The Test Chamber - Extra Credits


Quality Assurance, or QA, does not mean you sit around playing games all day. At least, not for fun. But if you have patience, love experimentation, and find the right team, it can be an extremely rewarding job.


FNAF World: How Scott Cawthon Turned His Biggest Failure Into a Success


Five Nights at Freddy's World holds an interesting lesson in dealing with failure.

Patreon: http://patreon.com/videogamestorytime


Things I found entertaining throughout the week relating to the game industry


Meet the couple who got engaged in Stardew Valley



It's a game that really does bring people together.


Patches Aren't An Excuse


Things I Missed From Previous Weeks


Painting nuclear horizons while gibbing Ghouls - meet Fallout 4 VR's roaming artist



Liz Edwards is running for her life. She ventured too far, searching for the most picturesque horizon in Fallout 4’s Commonwealth, then turned a corner and there it was: a Yao guai - this salivating, mutated black bear, towering over her in virtual reality. So she did the only thing she could do and deposited herself straight into the irradiated sea.


Cuphead: The Untold Story of Maja Moldenhauer


When most people think of Cuphead, they think of the incredible story of two brothers, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, who fulfilled their lifelong dream of creating a video game in the style of retro animated cartoons.

This story is fantastic (we've already made a video on it, hint hint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO6Lo...), but there is more to this game than just the vision of two brothers. In addition to Chad and Jared, plenty of other people worked on Cuphead, and perhaps the hardest working of them all, was Chad's wife, Maja Moldenhauer.

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