Cuphead Studio cares more about its staff than any delays

A group of cartoon characters helping a cartoon chef to cook red soup.

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Maja Moldenhauer, director behind the studio cup head and its DLC, recently talked about how the company’s top priority is making sure its employees are healthy and well-treated. In fact, Moldenhauer explained that she doesn’t even care about delays.

in an interview IGN posted yesterday, Moldenhauer has spoken openly about how much she doesn’t care about delays or how long it takes to complete a game or a DLC. Such as Cuphead’s upcoming DLC, delicious last coursefirst announced in 2018, with a 2019 release date. But this will be delayed a few times to avoid crunch Later because of covid.

However, Moldenhauer explained IGN She doesn’t mind long delays because “mental health needs to be at the forefront of studio priorities”.

“The first thing, especially with COVID, is keeping everyone happy,” Malden Hall told IGN. “It’s a video game. Take your time. Mental health needs to be at the forefront, taking up the space and time you need, especially over the past two years.”

“We’d say, ‘If a game takes longer to release, it’s going to take longer. Who cares?'”

You might think that a company that respects people and cares about their mental health should be expected rather than celebrated, but in the world we live in today, these stories are very rare.

if you read small house or other gaming sites, you probably know these stories and Reports of terrible labor practices, months of crunchand tons of burnout in the video game industry. It’s so common that it seems odd (but nice) when studio heads openly talk about paying attention to employees’ mental health and wellbeing, even if it means delaying games or DLC to treat people better unusual phenomenon. One that I think deserves attention.

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According to Moldenhauer, this attitude is cup head The studio is the result of the small team’s history and past work, experience and desire to do better.

“If we were to risk it all, it would be a company we are proud of,” Moldenhauer said.

“It’s going to be an all-in-one company that incorporates all the things we’ve always been […] wanted. Respect, love and support each other. Something we didn’t receive in our past jobs. Well, we did, but at the end of the day there are bottom lines. “

In addition to an employee-first mentality and a desire to create better working conditions, cup head The director isn’t worried about how the new, upcoming and long-awaited DLC will sell or make money. Instead, just making this cool piece of art and sharing it with the world, and doing so in a way that doesn’t cause burnout or crunch, is all they need in return.

cup head The long-awaited and delayed DLC, delicious last course, Will be released on June 30.


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