Cooking means many things to many different people. It can be a way of sharing culture, bringing your friends and families together over home-cooked meals. Or it can be a hobby, challenging you to learn new techniques as you add to your repertoire of signature dishes. And for those who know their food is ready when the smoke alarm goes off, it’s a skill with room for improvement. Today, we’re excited to reveal our new game Soup Pot as part of the /twitchgaming Showcase: ID@Xbox, giving seasoned chefs and curious cooks a fun and relaxing way to experiment in the kitchen.
Everybody eats, so it’s not surprising that food is a central part of many games. We wanted to try something new, however. You’re responsible for every step, from selecting ingredients, washing produce, chopping vegetables, cooking rice, searing meat, and dozens of other interactions. Don’t worry, though: We don’t like doing dishes, so you don’t have to clean up when you’re finished.
We were inspired by the events of the past year, and we incorporated them into Soup Pot. You may be alone in your kitchen, but you’re preparing food for a lively audience who is tuning into your live-streamed cooking show. They’ll cheer you on when you’re on a roll and tease you when things aren’t going quite as planned. As you gain more familiarity in the kitchen, you’ll get access to more recipes and stock your fridge and pantry with hundreds of ingredients.
You start out with a single recipe for Sinigang, a sour and savory pork soup, though you’ll learn to prepare 100 different dishes over the course of your culinary journey. We based the first 66 of those on dishes that we at Chikon Club eat the most. We worked with some top regional chefs from the region to make sure that the ingredients and recipes were authentic. Those recipes aren’t strict guidelines, however. We really want to replicate the best part of cooking, which is experimentation. Perhaps you want to stick with organic ingredients. Maybe you don’t like mushrooms. What would happen if you decided to add a little extra salt into that sweet dessert? You won’t get kicked out of the kitchen or get a “game over” for trying new things, even if they don’t work out as you’d planned.
We appreciate the skill and artistry that goes into fine cuisine, but we’re bringing a sense of silliness to Soup Pot, too. Ingredients say their names when you add them to a dish, dough squeals when you poke it, and the soundtrack contains an eclectic blend of Filipino artists – all providing food-referencing tunes.
Our goal is to inspire players to extend that playfulness, improvisation, and experimentation into their real kitchens. Cooking is a lot of fun, and Soup Pot is one of the ways we’re sharing that feeling with the world.
Soup Pot is coming to Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC this August 2021. For more details on Soup Pot follow us on Twitter!