Enchanted Portals developer faces backlash over Cuphead ‘ripoff’

Enchanted Portals is a 2D platformer at the moment in improvement by Xixo Games Studio, with a Kickstarter marketing campaign coming quickly. The recreation’s builders have been posting small snippets of animation and particulars about their recreation to social media since August. Xixo’s newest trailer has racked up over 28,000 views on YouTube in beneath a day because of an issue in regards to the recreation’s artwork type and inspiration — particularly how carefully it resembles the fashionable run-and-gun shooter Cuphead.

The idea of Enchanted Portals is that two rookie magicians have misplaced their means by means of time and area, and should defeat bosses to search out the pages of their spellbook and return dwelling. The recreation’s trailer reveals the 2 plucky protagonists, and their cat, entering into this pickle within the first place. It’s the gameplay portion of the trailer that has prompted a stir on social media, because of its resemblance to StudioMDHR’s Cuphead, launched in 2017.

While the primary 30 seconds of the trailer are unremarkable, the gameplay parts of the trailer bear a putting resemblance to Cuphead’s signature animation. The two protagonists navigate their means by means of quite a lot of settings, together with an underwater world and a sci-fi degree, capturing Cuphead-style at huge cartoonish bosses.

Polygon spoke to Xixo, which is a studio comprised of two folks, recognized as Daniel, a director and programmer, and Gemma, an artist and composer.

“Yes, after all Cuphead was an enormous inspiration for Enchanted Portals,” Gemma advised Polygon over Facebook. “We’re each avid followers and we wished to make one thing comparable, however at all times from a spot of respect and admiration for the unique.

“We were prepared for some backlash, but the trailer definitely reached way more people than we could ever anticipate, and all the hate and negativity coming our way has definitely had a huge impact on us.”

The tweet on the official Enchanted Portals Twitter account has gone viral, with followers commenting on the gameplay’s similarity to Cuphead. Other followers have posted side-by-side comparisons of Cuphead and Enchanted Portals with a view to exhibit the similarities.

“That being said, along with all those negative responses, a lot of people have also reached out to us to say they adore the game and they would love to see it succeed,” Gemma wrote. “So we’re making an attempt to show our consideration extra in direction of all those that are supporting us and sending their love for the sport.”

Cuphead has been a smash success since its launch, even garnering an animated Netflix present starring Cuphead and his brother Mugman. The recreation’s animations and music had been thought of a big a part of its profitable reception. For followers who need a new Cuphead-style problem, Enchanted Portals could possibly supply that state of affairs.

Enchanted Portals’ Kickstarter marketing campaign is about to launch on Oct. 24.


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