It's time to start a strict training routine of fingertip pushups: Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! [official site] is coming. Developers Vertigo Gaming today announced a release date of August 24th for their follow-up to the fun and unexpectedly really, really intense game about cooking in your own little restaurant. They've also confirmed that cooperative local multiplayer will return in CSD!2!!, but this time as a fully thought-through mode rather than something added as an experiment. All of this sounds great, aside from the fact that my fingers haven't recovered from E3 week so I'm already a week behind in my training to build strength and speed for the game's intense key-tapping.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! sounds simple. You're the chef/manager/sole employee of a restaurant, cooking food by tapping hotkeys for ingredients and processes in sequence. Press four keys et voila, you've cooked something. Then dishes get more complicated. And you start juggling several orders at once. And you need to empty the bins. And you have to respond to Instagram photos of your food. And rush hour hits. And, ah, I think that pizza is burning. As more tasks come in and pile up, it's vital to prioritise and multitask as your fingertips race across the keyboard. Have a peek in this trailer for the sequel:
CSD!2!! is fleshed out with more foods, more modes, and new features like decorating your restaurant yourself. See this dev blog post for a peek at decoration.
As for cooperative play, Vertigo Gaming say they've rebuilt it to be more fluid. While the first game forced one player to cook food and the other to send orders and food, players now will be able to do as they please. Vertigo say:
"What I've found is that having two chefs in the kitchen is so much more fun than the expediter/cook mechanics of the first, and lends itself to having two different styles of play. If your partner isn't quite as skilled at the game as you are, they can focus on taking care of the Holding Stations and doing the simple chores and drink stations while you handle the complex orders. If your partner is equal to the task, they can jump right into the complex orders when it gets crazy."
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! is coming to Windows, Mac, and Linux on August 24th, priced at $11.99. The first game is due to get an 80% discount on sale tomorrow, by the way.