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An image from the game "Cuphead."

SALT LAKE CITY — A new “Cuphead” video game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it says a lot about the future of Xbox.

Nintendo announced Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference that the game will include a new hand-drawn cell animation and jazzy soundtrack, which was similar to what was seen in the original console version that appeared on Xbox and PC, Engadget reports.

The game will be published on the Switch, but it will still have a connection to Xbox, according to VentureBeat. Interestingly, Nintendno announced “Cuphead” will have Xbox Live support, too.

  • "We are partnering with StudioMDHR to investigate bringing Xbox Live features beyond Xbox and PC to Nintendo Switch," the company wrote in a post for Xbox Wire on Wednesday. "Yes, this means that fans will now have the opportunity to experience StudioMDHR's award-winning debut game on Nintendo Switch with Xbox Live! We'll be working with Studio MDHR to implement Xbox Live features into Cuphead on the Nintendo Switch in the coming months."

“Cuphead” will be one of the first games from Nintendo to included on Xbox Live support.

Bigger picture: As The Verge reported, Microsoft looks to bring the Xbox Live network to iOS and Android devices. The idea would be to give iOS and Android gamers a chance to connect on Xbox Live so they could see their achievements, Gamerscore, stats and friends list.

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  • Microsoft hopes to expand Xbox Live to other platforms. Game developers can choose which part of Xbox Live they want to add to their games.
  • “We believe so strongly in community, and Xbox Live really being at the heart of our gaming community,” said Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s gaming cloud chief, according to The Verge. “If you watch what we’ve done, especially with Minecraft, over the past few years we’ve taken Xbox Live to as many platforms as Minecraft is on as possible. Really uniting all those communities together with a consistent singular experience for those gamers.”
  • There were rumors that Xbox Live support would be brought to the Nintendo Switch almost immediately. But it appears that might have been premature. It's still Microsoft's long-term plan to bring full integration of Xbox Live to the Switch.

Similar: The concept will be similar to how Google plans for its Stadia service to be used on multiple platforms.

Release date: “Cuphead” officially drops on April 18.