Microsoft Helped Bring Cuphead to Nintendo Switch, But Why?

Microsoft approached Cuphead developer to bring the game to Nintendo Switch. According to Daniel Bloodworth from Easy Allies, one of the developers revealed to him that it was Microsoft that approached Studio MDHR to work on a Nintendo Switch version of Cuphead.

There are many reports that Microsoft is working closely with Nintendo to bring Xbox Live to Switch at some capacity. Microsoft may be planning to release an Xbox app for Nintendo Switch where players will be able to play a wide range of games. In fact, a recent report mentioned that Nintendo Switch could get Xbox Game Pass.

What exactly is going behind the scenes remains to be seen but there is something going on for sure. Microsoft and Nintendo could partner in some way for games and crossplay features.

Some of the early official details include the following but we don’t know the scope of it just yet.

Xbox Live is one of the largest, most engaged gaming communities on the planet with decades of experience providing managed game services to developers that save you time and unlock all of the social and engagement features that players love.

Now Xbox Live is about to get MUCH bigger. Xbox Live is expanding from 400M gaming devices and a reach to over 68M active players to over 2B devices with the release of our new cross-platform XDK.

Get a first look at the SDK to enable game developers to connect players between iOS, Android, and Switch in addition to Xbox and any game in the Microsoft Store on Windows PCs.

Takeaway
– Xbox Live players are highly engaged and active on Xbox and PC, but now they can take their gaming achievement history, their friends list, their clubs, and more with them to almost every screen.
– This will break down barriers for developers that want their communities to mingle more freely across platforms. Combined with PlayFab gaming services, this means less work for game developers and more time to focus on making games fun.

The new Xbox Live SDK will allow developers to bring Xbox features to other platforms.