Cuphead might get a physical release next week — sort of (Updated)

Cuphead first hit Xbox One and Windows 10 as a digital-only title in late September. There's been no word of a potential physical release since, but it looks like one may be in order — sort of.

A member of the Cheap Ass Gamer forums going by the handle Tyrok (via Reddit) has posted an image of a physical Xbox One retail box for Cuphead, stating that it will release alongside the launch of the Xbox One X on November 7. The only catch is that the box doesn't contain a physical disc. Instead, it will include a digital code to redeem the game, along with one of five animation cells.

Cuphead might get a physical release next week — sort of

In a follow-up post, Tyrok went on to state that the physical release will be a Best Buy exclusive. Currently, there's no word on pricing, but we wouldn't expect it to venture from Cuphead's $19.99 digital cost.

The lack of a physical disc will likely come as a disappointment to some, but it's likely a move intended to cut costs for StudioMDHR, the indie studio behind the game. Still, the inclusion of an art cell should smooth things over some.

Cuphead is a notable entry in the slew of solid games that 2017 has produced thus far. That's largely due to its unique look, which mimics the whacky look of 1930s-era cartoons with hand-drawn art. The "Run 'n Gun" gameplay is also a highlight, offering up directional shooting similar to the Contra series.

If you want to give Cuphead a shot, you can pick it up digitally now from Microsoft for $19.99. The game is an Xbox Play Anywhere title to boot, so you'll snag it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 with one purchase.

Updated November 3, 2017: Cuphead developer StudioMDHR has now commented on the release, stating that it's just a special promotion. An actual physical edition, disc and all, is still planned for a future release.

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