In early February, we reported that Microsoft was planning on uploading Xbox Live, and all of the perks it brings, to Nintendo Switch. For weeks the questions have been how and when would this port appear on Nintendo’s mobile console. Those answers came during Nintendo’s Nindies Spring Showcase, with the introduction of Cuphead on Nintendo Switch.
Shortly after that announcement was made, the Xbox team revealed plans to use Cuphead as a test subject for Xbox Live features on Nintendo Switch, in the following Press Release:
This morning, we announced that we are partnering with StudioMDHR to investigate bringing Xbox Live features beyond Xbox and PC to Nintendo Switch. Yes, this means that fans will now have the opportunity to experience StudioMDHR’s award-winning debut game, “Cuphead” on Nintendo Switch with Xbox Live. We’ll be working with StudioMDHR to implement Xbox Live features into “Cuphead” on the Nintendo Switch in the coming months. Given the early stage of our work with StudioMDHR, the Xbox Live features will appear in a post-launch update to “Cuphead” on Nintendo Switch.
Working with developers to get their games to their players remains a key goal for the [email protected] program, and helping StudioMDHR bring “Cuphead” and Xbox Live onto Switch is the latest example of bringing Xbox innovations such as Live and Xbox Game Pass over to our development partners in the program.
It makes sense for Xbox to use an Xbox exclusive like Cuphead as a vehicle for Xbox Live features. No one wants a full integration of Xbox Live on Nintendo Switch and it not work. By using Cuphead, they unlock Xbox Live resources little by little, as a sort of public beta test. Any bugs they find can be squashed by the Xbox team and StudioMDHR. If successful, Cuphead will have paved the way for even more Xbox Live resources and potentially a full integration in the coming year.
Cuphead arrives on Nintendo Switch April 18, 2019!
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