Studio MDHR is an independent video game developer that exists to surprise and delight our players! Founded in Canada by brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer based on their shared love of retro arcade action and vintage cartoons, the studio released their flagship title Cuphead in 2017 for Xbox One and PC.
Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. What sets the game apart, aside from the fast twitch gameplay, is the way it takes faithful inspiration from cartoons of the 1930s. Everything from the visuals to the audio are meticulously created with the same techniques of the era, ranging form traditional hand-drawn cel animation and watercolor backgrounds to live orchestra jazz recordings.
Since release, the game has come to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Cuphead has spawned a global consumer product program, where it’s even been reimagined as a cartoon show of its own (The Cuphead Show!) at Netflix Animation.
In 2022, Studio MDHR followed up the original Cuphead experience with a long-awaited expansion, The Delicious Last Course. In addition to fleshing out the world of the original game with even more imaginative bosses and colourful characters, the game told the story of brand-new playable character Ms. Chalice. The Delicious Last Course went on to sell over 1 million units within the first 2 weeks of release.
Whatever comes next for Studio MDHR, we ultimately plan to remain faithful to our core ideals of craftsmanship and excellence, and push ourselves to harness the classic tools and techniques of the eras of entertainment that inspired us, to bring them to life for new generations!