We've partnered with Limited Run Games to make a physical version of Battle Chef Brigade for PS4 and Switch! The preorders just went on sale this morning and are limited by time or stock, so check them out while they're hot.
Since it's been a while, we've got a ton to go over. Let's dive right into the free DELUXE update out today!
We've added so much to BCB in the Deluxe edition, so I'll just touch on some of the big new features and link to the Steam patch notes.
Deluxe will also be released on the PS4, along with a relaxing Dynamic Theme.
New in Deluxe:
Ziggy, the Undead Necromancer
Ziggy is the most mysterious and possibly unsanitary chef in Battle Chef Brigade. He has a lazy streak and relies heavily on his summoned minions. His sous skeletons lead the way, with rolling pins and pans, his imps carry ingredients to the pantry, and his turret-like demons take care of any stragglers. Of course, a good Battle Chef can’t always rely on magical help and, when necessary, Ziggy knows how to take care of business. A few breakdance-style kicks and a spin or two are enough to prep any monster for the kitchen. We had an incredible time designing him and can’t wait for you to slide into battle as Ziggy.
In a game centered on intense hunting and cooking duels, multiplayer kicks it up a notch. We drew inspiration from fighting games, brawlers, and our couch-based childhoods to make dueling your friends and enemies perfect. Wait for your opponent to kill the Dragon and then swipe its spicy steak for yourself! There’s a buffet of options and items to choose from, including quite a few new ones for Deluxe, such as Ziggy’s Grill, Bony Tongs, and Carnivorous Expertise.
Side dishes We’ve added a lot more replayability and polish for Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe. Here are some of the additions:
New Survival Mode: A speedy arcade mode where a death in the arena ends your run. Each win lets you pick from an assortment of items as you conquer the leaderboards.
New Free Play Mode: Practice hunting in any biome and crafting the 120+ dishes. This is the place to perfect your combos and analyze each ecosystem.
New Gallery: As you level up your Brigade Rank with Survival runs and bouts in the updated Daily Cook-Offs, you unlock gorgeous concept art.
New maps: Enter the Darkrealm in Daily Cook-Off, Free Play, Survival, and Multiplayer!
New Challenges: Ziggy gets his own pair of Break the Dishes stages.
Accessibility Improvements: We’ve added color-blind options, updated fragile state art, and let you fast-forward through duel introductions.
Thrash Buffs: Everyone’s favorite father of two has a much-improved Counter, better Berserk timer, and speed tweaks.
If you're looking for a community of friendly Battle Chef Brigade fans and want to ask me detailed programming or design questions about the game, join our official Discord! It's a wonderful group of folks who have gotten very good at the Daily Cook-Offs!
Join this week to participate in the Battle Buffet, featuring daily streams, challenges, and prizes!
VGA Gallery Prints and Art Book
If you're waiting on the art book (we'll have a timeline for the art book soon - we wanted the Deluxe update to get in there!), you can consider getting a Battle Chef Brigade print from the VGA Gallery here in Chicago. Eric put together this spectacular collection:
George put together a fun and charming video series featuring the Voice Actors
Here's Episode 1 with Erica Mendez, the voice of Mina!
Our friends over at Kitfox have also started a wonderful Kickstarter campaign for their next game: Boyfriend Dungeon! If you like Battle Chef Brigade, you'll probably like Boyfriend Dungeon too.
Eric also made this amazing illustration to celebrate their campaign being funded almost instantly.
As always, thank you all so much!
If you have any questions or just realized that you never got your Steam key, please message us here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Battle Chef Brigade has been released on Nintendo Switch and Steam!
Unlock code info
Check your inboxes for your keys from BackerKit!
If you don't see the emails from BackerKit, check your Spam folder and then message me with what email you used in BackerKit and I'll sort it out asap!
Steam copy: your key has been emailed to you! If you were in the Backer Demo, that key has transformed into the full game and you won't get an extra email about it.
Soundtrack (Digital Delicacies tier): your Steam soundtrack key has been emailed to you! This may not work until later today as it receives final approval.
Steam backer items (Fantasy Feast tier): your backer-only DLC unlock code has been emailed to you!
Switch copy (Limited-time key upgrade on BackerKit) : your NA eShop code has been emailed to you! Note: if you are not in the NA region, make a US account for it or message me and I'll refund you. We didn't realize the codes were all region-locked :(
Wallpapers (Digital Delicacies tier): a download link has been sent to you from BackerKit!
Reddit /r/NintendoSwitch AMA
We did a really fun AMA over at /r/NintendoSwitch on Friday. Check out our feelings on eggs and the Switch here.
Battle Chef Brigade would not exist without you. More importantly, though, BCB wouldn't be a great game. You gave us the freedom to choose fun and innovation at every opportunity. You were supportive when we needed to leave BCB in the oven for a lot more time. You gave us great feedback during the Backer Demo. You believed in us.
We can't wait to hear what you think of Battle Chef Brigade. I'm not sure if I'll continue monthly updates or not, but this will certainly not be the last you here from me, Battle Chef Brigade, or Trinket Studios. We've got a lot more work to do, including tasty updates, more consoles, and the best art book ever!
Battle Chef Brigade is out of the oven and will launch on...
Monday, November 20th for Nintendo Switch and Steam!
That's less than two weeks away!
The new trailer showcases a bit more of Mina - enjoy!
As we reach this milestone after over 4 years of tough development, I want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts and pans. Battle Chef Brigade wouldn't exist without your support. You kept us accountable, let me know when my updates were troubling, and reminded us that we were building something exciting and fun. A special thanks to our Backer Demo folks who, just over a year ago, played the beta and identified the areas that needed more time in the oven. Thank you, backers. I'm so thankful to you all for believing in us. I'm so proud of what we've made for you and can't wait to hear what you think!
The Adult Swim Games marketing machine has started churning, so you'll be seeing lots of great stuff. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to make sure you can feast your eyes over the next few weeks! Personally, it was thrilling to see a billboard here in Chicago with some familiar faces!
If you see a BCB billboard in your city, please send us a picture - we'd love to see the different formats and locations.
Speaking of sharing, please spread the word about Battle Chef Brigade wherever you can! The Holidays are a scary time to launch a game since so many big games release, but we're hopeful that you can help BCB rise above the noise! There will be a ton of illustrations, videos, and other media to share.
And we can start with some cool little videos right now! George has made some great little videos showcasing different aspects of the audio design (click to open the Twitter video links):
Day of the Devs
I'll be in San Francisco this weekend for Day of the Devs, an awesome, free indie game showcase with some fun BCB tie-ins, and a press tour. If you're in the Bay Area, stop on by, say hi, and play some BCB on a Switch!
Stay tuned for more Battle Chef Brigade news leading up to launch! Thanks again for believing in us!
Hey Battle Chefs! The oven timer is about to explode and we're so close to launch! Battle Chef Brigade is waiting on one final approval and then we'll announce the release day.
This will be a quick update since updates might become a bit more frequent soon!
We've spent the last month on bugs, insects, polish, and boss bugs. There have been an incredible number of little things to get just right, but we're almost done. In our tracking database, we resolved over 800 issues in October. Some were major (getting stuck in ceilings as Thrash) and some were minor (wrong dish translations in French), but they're all crushed!
Here's a bunch of the terrifying images we got from the Quality Assurance teams. We managed to produce characters with heads, no heads, no faces, and backwards heads :D Happy Halloween!
Since art has mostly wrapped up, Eric found a little time to give Mina a combat idle! No more statue Mina while standing.
That's all for this update, Battle Chefs! We'll have a release date to share with you soon, so stay tuned!