August 5, 2023

Andreas Betsche

Prepare your Tastebuds for SEDAP! – The Southeast Asian Co-op Cooking Game

August 5, 2023 | Andreas Betsche

Discover a world of taste and togetherness with SEDAP! – the culinary game that wants to redefine cooking co-op. Developed by Singaporean studio Kopiforge, SEDAP! intends to go beyond the classic cooking game experience by celebrating Southeast Asia’s rich culinary diversity.

The image shows a scene from the co-op cooking game SEDAP.

From Thesis Project to Reality: The Origins of SEDAP!

Conceived initially as a final-year thesis project at NTU ADM in Singapore, SEDAP! has evolved into a full-on commercial co-op cooking game. Crafted by Nadiyah Toi and Jay Wong and supported by Lead Programmer Jing Ting and composer Rebecca Tan, Kopiforge offers an immersive gaming experience showcasing the region’s culinary brilliance.

Central to SEDAP!’s Co-op Cooking Gameplay: Gardening and Monster Slaying

In SEDAP!, your journey is incomplete without the enchanting Spice Garden. It is where the players will cultivate and harvest essential spices that infuse your recipes with authentic Southeast Asian flavours, paying homage to the developer’s culinary roots.

The image shows a scene from the co-op cooking game SEDAP!

Players will also have to venture into the forest and hunt wild creatures before the cooking of traditional dishes such as Nasi Lemak or Ondeh Ondeh begins in the kitchen.

SEDAP!’s Diverse Cast of Characters

Currently, SEDAP!’s vibrant Southeast Asian universe features three characters, each with a unique role:

Merapi  – The Fiery Food Truck Tycoon 

Operating the food truck and creating mouthwatering meals to delight customers appeases the entrepreneurial fire within Merapi.

Cooker – The Culinary Virtuoso 

Cooker is a culinary expert who knows the ins and outs of every kitchen tool, unleashing their creativity to fulfil the guests’ demands.

Forager – The Ingredient Hunter 

They venture into the unknown fearlessly, collecting ingredients and ensuring the group’s safety while they embark on epic culinary quests.

The image shows a screenshot from SEDAP's intro video.

Taste the Demo, Anticipate the Release of the Co-op Cooking Game

Players can already delve into the colourful world of SEDAP! with its playable demo, offering both a tutorial and an endless sandbox level. But that is only the beginning, as Kopiforge is committed to further refining the gameplay, with plans to release their co-op cooking game within the next two years.

The image shows SEDAP'S logo.

Watch the SEDAP! Trailer

Get a sneak peek at SEDAP!’s beautiful art style, the serene soundtrack and the chaotic co-op cooking gameplay by watching the newest trailer:

If all goes well, players can expect a refined co-op cooking game that builds upon the success of genre bestsellers like Overcooked and Bake’n Switch. On top of that, we might get one of the most charming representations of Southeast Asian (culinary) cultures in video games yet.

Andreas Betsche

Andreas Betsche founded Virtual SEA in early 2016 after researching Cambodian mobile games for his Master’s thesis. He has a background in Southeast Asia studies and has worked and lived in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Since he has been actively playing games since the early 90s, combing both worlds in Virtual SEA brought together both of his passions.

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