BATTLE CHEF BRIGADE

Created by Trinket Studios

Play as a magical chef! Hunt monsters and cook them into exquisite dishes to wow the judges and crush your opponents!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Layering the Lasagna
over 2 years ago – Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 09:20:44 PM

Hey Battle Chefs! July has been a whirlwind of activity as we prepare for the late-summer backer demo. Gameplay upgrades, new modes, and all sorts of art have been pouring into this delicious dish. Let's check it out!


Break the Targets

One of my favorite modes in Super Smash Bros. has always been Break the Targets. Each character gets a challenge stage where they must break a bunch of stationary targets as quickly as possible. Mastery of a character's moveset is required to get the best times. So, why not let Battle Chef characters have their own version of this? We've got a deep combat system and love leaderboards, so we're planning on including the first levels of Break the Targets in the backer demo! Here's what the prototype version looks like today before the artists tackle it:

Puzzle Rush

Similarly, we've been experimenting with another bonus mode where you can focus on cooking! Currently, you try to complete randomly-selected 10 puzzle dishes as fast as you can. Only the best chefs will be able to top the Hard leaderboard, though Easy will also be a great place to practice your technique.

 Thrash

Thrash's massive number of animation frames are being inked by Ricky right now, soon to be followed by coloring. He made a great preview on Instagram here:

Although you'll only be able to play some of Mina's story in the backer demo, we're planning on letting you try out Thrash in Daily Challenges and Break the Targets!

I spent some time this month on his moveset, including implementing burning properly into combat!

Establishing Shots

As you explore the world of Battle Chef Brigade, you'll be traveling to some beautiful places. We wanted to highlight them as best we could and Kevin Hong has delivered! Here's where Mina's campaign begins, the Windy Village.

Restaurant Customers

Eric and Kelly wrapped up the first set of customers you'll be serving in the Restaurant in Brigade Town. Here's what they look like if you serve them what they wanted and, more importantly, paid you for it!

Sweet videos

Two great videos for you this week, one hilarious and one informative. First up is Kupa's Cooking with Kupa episode featuring a Battle Chef Brigade recipe. Well, sort of. Check it out here:

Next up is one of the final episodes of Sup Holmes with yours truly, me (Tom) and the wonderful Jonathan Holmes. Tons of BCB, Trinket, and Wideload history and plans in this really fun interview.

 

Phew, I think that's enough for today! There are a few things brewing that should make the August update even bigger than this one, though, so stay tuned, Battle Chefs!

Summer in the Kitchen
over 2 years ago – Sat, Jul 02, 2016 at 11:53:01 PM

Hey Battle Chefs! Summer’s here, it’s getting hot in the kitchen, and the pot of sweet, sweet art is at a full boil! Our team of crack artists has been churning out some great stuff!

An Artful Appetizer

Here’s a few of the items Mina will be earn from defeating rival chefs in the campaign, brought to life by Queenie:

 

Next up are some of the new customers we’ll be adding to the game’s restaurant gameplay, brought to us by Kelly:

Followed by some of Ahmad’s new monster concepts for the fast-materializing Caverns biome:

Speaking of the Caverns, Matthew’s been hard at work revising the environment art closer to a final colorized version that matches the new art direction we’ve chosen for all of our environments. It’s looking pretty top-notch:  

Meanwhile, we added support for “Expression Clips” in our dialogue system. Here’s Razel gently waking Mina from sleeping in late:

And to coincide with some of the new item art we’ve got coming in, we quickly added the ability to make any attack set struck enemies on fire:

Last but certainly not least, George has been revisiting some of Mina’s combat sound effects:

 https://vine.co/v/i3OghLWhbFa

Indy PopCon, Take 2

This month we took Battle Chef Brigade back to Indy PopCon in Indianapolis. It was a great chance to catch up with con-goers that had played the game last year, fellow Midwest devs, and lots of new players! 

Backer Early Demo

We’re very pleased with the rate at which we’ve been able to produce new content now that we’ve got some great new folks helping out. That said, we really want to get some of that new content in for the beta so that we can get feedback on it. We’re still targeting late summer for distributing the demo, and we’ll be sure to keep all of you updated about that target as we get closer. We’re super excited to share it with you!

Turn up the Art
over 2 years ago – Tue, May 31, 2016 at 08:55:58 PM

Hey Battle Chefs! Lots of things to talk about in this update, so get out your sharpest steak knife and dig in!

Artists++

As you may remember from a couple updates ago, we put out a call to find more skilled illustrators to speed up our art pipeline. We're super thrilled to announce the addition of four new superheroes to the team:

Ahmad Beyrouthi

 

 Kelly Kao

 

Queenie Chan

 

 Kevin Hong

 

Dates of things

Adding a bunch more artists became clearly necessary over the last few months as we planned the path to release. It turns out that making a story-driven, hand-animated game spanning two genres with multiple playable characters requires a TON of content.

However, we now have a plan in place to get Battle Chef Brigade into your hands as soon as possible. The first step in that direction is The Beta! We're planning on including the beginning of Mina's story, which will acquaint you with the BCB world, characters, and mechanics. We're also planning on including a preview version of the Daily Challenges. That will help us balance the opponent AI, items, and suss out any compatibility issues. We're hoping to release the Beta to backers at that tier later this summer, followed by an announcement of when we plan on releasing!

Thrash combat

We've also been pushing forward on our stalwart Orc's combat moveset. He necessitated adding a bunch of great new features to our combat physics system, including bouncing enemies off the ground and walls, knocking monsters into each other, and better hit animation control.

 

Consume in the WIP Caverns
Consume in the WIP Caverns

Indy PopCon

We'll be attending Indy PopCon in Indianapolis from June 17th-19th again. Apparently we can't win the Grand Prize again, but maybe they'll have other categories this year! If you'll be attending, please stop by! We'll be playtesting some new story content.

Steam and Beyond

We're all set up with Steam and have already started integrating Steam achievements and services into BCB. We'll have much more to say about Steam and consoles as we get closer to launch, especially once we make a new trailer! For now I'll just mention that Chris improved our console boot time from 45 seconds to under 10 :)

Video

Some late PAX coverage went up from Destructoid here:

https://www.destructoid.com/battle-chef-brigade-is-still-in-the-oven-tastes-great-so-far-362996.phtml

And a very thorough PAX East demo playthrough (with a preview of the work-in-progress Skylands and Caverns!) can be found here:

 That's all for May, Battle Chefs! Until next month!

PAX East!
over 2 years ago – Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 10:41:30 PM

Hey Battle Chefs! We spent April preparing for and then serving a big helping of fully-colored BCB at PAX East.

Packed booth all 3 days
Packed booth all 3 days

 We had an excellent corner spot (thanks @IndieMegabooth!), which really helped our rented TV stand draw in the crowds. We also sold the extra T-Shirts, Aprons, and Posters - which everyone loved.

Beautiful aprons!
Beautiful aprons!

Despite our utter exhaustion, it was a great show. We met a ton of great indies, players (including backers!), and streamers. In fact, we shared the PAX demo with some of the more cooking-minded folks and they've already put up hilarious playthroughs. Click 'em to watch 'em!

A few other outlets stopped by, including PCGamer, resulting in this ridiculous interview where my true height is revealed :D

I also had a little time to work on Thrash this week. His style is completely different from Mina, which I love! Check out the prototype version of his Consume spell in the unfinished Caverns biome:

Phew, there you have it, Battle Chefs! Catch you next month :)

P.S. We went to a cheap (but delicious) sushi place in Boston's Chinatown where they serve on tiny styrofoam plates. Eric drew on one in the hopes that it would be added to the walls with hundreds of others:

Set Art to Max Power
almost 3 years ago – Fri, Apr 01, 2016 at 12:26:47 AM

Hey Battle Chefs! Extra-fresh update this month, chock-full of those tastes you crave!

PAX East

We'll be at PAX East in the Indie MEGABOOTH! Please come play the latest build and tell us what to improve :D There are a ton of great games to play alongside BCB!

We'll also have posters, aprons, and t-shirts available for those who missed them during the Kickstarter.

GDC

In the middle of March, we journeyed to San Francisco for the annual Game Developers Conference. We did so much business and hand-shaking that I (Tom) ended up sick for a week afterwards. The important part is that we had a bunch of meetings that will result in some awesome surprises for you :)

GDC was also a great excuse to polish up a lot of art, including lots of background coloring! Here's Mina in shock at how good the town now looks.

Click for way more pixels
Click for way more pixels

UI

Benn Marion has been sending over gorgeous mockups of the judging sequence. Check out this screen! To make it even better, it's already in the game thanks to Chris Wade.

Color Sheep

Did you know that Trinket's first game was only in development for two months? That meant we left quite a few things on the cutting-room floor. We recently did a weekend game jam to add a few of those features back in. If you haven't played Color Sheep, there's not a better time to give Sir Woolson a whirl!

New Fairy Item
New Fairy Item

 Check it out here :)

Looking for Artists

After doing another round of project planning and estimates, we decided that we need another super-skilled 2D artist. Here's the tweet we sent out. We've got over 100 portfolios to review already, but if you are or know someone who can rock BCB's style, please email us!

Thrashing

Thrash is officially in the pipeline now! Most of his key poses have been sent over to Ben Li for animating and we've begun testing combat. Look for a lot more of Thrash in the coming weeks on Twitter.

That's all for this week, Battle Chefs! See you at PAX, Indy PopCon, and just maybe an upcoming beta...