Cuphead, the extra-challenging indie game from StudioMDHR, is coming to a new platform, but it’s probably not the one you’d expect. The game is coming to Tesla’s suite of electric vehicles.
Tesla founder Elon Musk confirmed this in an interview with the Ride the Lightning podcast. The game is already up and running for Tesla’s Model 3, Model S, and Model X, and Tesla worked with the game’s developer, StudioMDHR, to get it running.
“Cuphead we’ve got working. It’s a cool game. It’s insanely difficult. It’s sadistically difficult,” Musk said.
Cuphead runs on the Unity game engine, which Tesla has been working to port to Tesla’s own operating system. Musk also said there is a dune buggy game in the works for Tesla.
The game developer StudioMDHR confirmed to IGN that they’re looking to launch Cuphead for Tesla cars this summer. The game only includes the Inkwell Isle One part of the game due in part to storage space considerations.
“When Tesla reached out to us to bring Cuphead to their vehicles, we were thrilled!” StudioMDHR’s Maja Moldenhauer said. “Finding out that Mr. Musk was a fan of our game was extremely humbling and getting a chance to work with such an innovative company has been really exciting. We hope Cuphead can add some classic fun to such forward-thinking vehicles.”
You need a wired USB controller to play Cuphead in a Tesla; it does not support touchscreen controls.
Cuphead is not Tesla’s first in-car game. A number of Atari classics are already available, including Asteroids and Lunar Lander. In all cases, video games can only be played in Tesla cars when they’re parked.
Cuphead initially launched in 2017 for Xbox One and PC before launching for Nintendo Switch in April this year. The game has sold more than 3 million copies (but this doesn’t count the Switch version).