Cuphead Is Being Put In Teslas And We’re Concerned For Drivers Everywhere

Published on June 4, 2019

I wouldn’t consider myself a gamer but every now and then gamer news does make it into my social sphere. One piece of news that has been recurring over the last few weeks is that a new game called Cuphead is one of—if not the most—frustratingly challenging games to be released in a hot minute. Despite being extremely challenging, its nostalgic artwork and catchy sound effects and soundtrack gear it up to be one of the more successful games of 2019. All of that can be said without the fact that Elon Musk has just announced that the game will be installed in Tesla cars—but don’t worry, it can only be played while the car is in park.

The Wrath Of Cuphead

As someone who was nearly sent into a tailspin by watching someone else play the scream-inducing game, I will say that it’s artwork is what keeps players from tossing it to the side altogether. The independently released game took a page from classic animation in its artistic direction, with visual elements reminiscent of early Disney cartoons and a panic-inducing soundtrack and sound-effects to match. The story, however, is much darker than it lets up to be, with a story line that begins with its main characters gambling with the devil himself, losing, and being sent to hell.

A series of mini games have been dubbed famously challenging, as players are thrust into a high-speed world of run and gun, side scrolling action and other mini-games that are both entertaining and scream-inducing all at once. Perhaps it was the level of challenge that attracted Musk, or perhaps it was the art and underlying dark story that caught the Tesla CEO’s eye enough to want to install the game in Tesla cars. “”It’s a cool game. It’s insanely difficult, it’s sadistically difficult. It’s a twisted plot. It’s dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing and you’re like, ‘This plot is very dark’, said Musk on the Ride the Lightning podcast on Sunday.

Musk plans on installing a version of Cuphead, which was developed by Studio MDHR, into Tesla cars over the course of the summer. However, the entire game won’t be available on the car’s platform for storage reasons. Tesla customers will be able to play the game’s Inkwell Isle One part while the car is in park. The game will be installed on all Model 3, Model X, and Model S cars by the end of the summer, and can be played using a USB controller.

Tesla’s Struggles In The Last Year

It’s been a rocky year for Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, after publicity scandals began hitting late last summer and didn’t stop until recently. The company made headlines recently when experts were concerned that the company’s spending would not even out against its income. Increased tariffs against China, scandals with Elon Musk, and an announcement of an entire new model cost the company a lot of money in the last year, causing stocks to fall significantly. However, Tesla saw its best day of 2019 on Tuesday, giving hope that the company’s income will increase over the course of the summer.

Julia Sachs is a former Managing Editor at Grit Daily. She covers technology, social media and disinformation. She is based in Utah and before the pandemic she liked to travel.

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