PSA: Cuphead from Windows Store may not save your game; here's a workaround

Your reaction when you encounter this bug.

Cuphead released just a couple of days ago and we have a full review coming up soon; believe what you may have heard: it’s a tough game. Unfortunately, it turns out, the game suffers from a bug that may agonize its players on PC, turning its difficulty from a challenge into frustration.

It seems that while the GOG and Steam versions of the game perform well and have few – if any – bugs, the Windows Store version available for Windows 10 as an Xbox Play Anywhere title is not quite there yet; to be specific, the game’s autosave functionality doesn’t work as intended in the Windows 10 version, causing loss of hours of progress in the already difficult game, at least for some users.

Some reviews for the game on Windows Store and user comments on Reddit also reflect this issue; fortunately, StudioMDHR seems to be aware of this issue and has provided players with a workaround, while it prepares a patch:

"There is a temporary workaround, which is to avoid using ALT-Tab to leave the game for any amount of time. Apparently it disconnects the game from being able to save any further progress. Hopefully knowing that, you can avoid this issue until we are able to send a patch."

Neowin received the same Windows Store version and encountered the same issue while reviewing the game. We can confirm that the workaround does work for the time being. It’s unclear how minimizing the game could manifest a bug such as this, but it’s interesting that it was not discovered by the developers before the game's release. The Xbox version, on the other hand, seems to be unaffected.

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