Last evening, a trailer for a game called Enchanted Portals appeared on YouTube, and a few hours later, it was causing a lot of activity on social media. But the trending phrase wasn’t “Enchanted Portals”…it was “Cuphead.” See for yourself…
Two characters rendered in an old-timey style, animated on a 2D plane, fighting gigantic cackling bosses? Yeah, it all definitely looks familiar, minus the painstakingly hand-drawn animation and authentic brass sound. And the developers of Enchanted Portals, two programmers who make up a small dev team branded Xixo, don’t deny it. In a statement released to Polygon, they admitted “Yes, of course Cuphead was a huge inspiration for Enchanted Portals.”
“We’re both avid fans and we wanted to make something similar, but always from a place of respect and admiration for the original. 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.”
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and there is perhaps no better sign of Cuphead’s success than the existence of Enchanted Portals. Yes, there’s a Netflix show coming up, and that’s kind of a big deal, but you’re not truly big until others are openly trying to BE you.
A Kickstarter campaign for Enchanted Portals is set to launch later this month…at the moment…but given the public reaction and XiXo’s recent comments, we wouldn’t be shocked if there was a delay and a last-minute art adjustment.