The indie team at Animal have announced their first game as a team, the multiplayer food fighter RAWMEN, revealed during the KFG E3 2019 Showcase. RAWMEN features a number of “dad bod” toting amateur chefs dueling it out in various arenas, wearing nothing but aprons and chef hats. Packing a number of food-based weapons and abilities, RAWMEN is clearly inspired by Splatoon and other laid-back team shooters. Instead of shooting ink or paint at one another, here, you’re flinging soup and using various gross bodily functions to mark your territory on the game maps. RAWMEN has no release date yet, but a Steam page suggests it will release sometime in 2019.
Not only wielding pans of soup, but players can also swing around kitchen implements, as well as wiggly, ragdolling fish at your opponents. Promising RAWMEN will have both local co-op and online multiplayer that supports up to eight players, RAWMEN looks poised to inhabit a space of goofy couch co-op games like Gang Beasts or Human Fall Flat. Still, the promise of multiplayer suggests it might have some longevity to it over its competitor.s
Curiously, this appears to be Animal’s first full-fledged game, even though the team has been working together since 2015. Much of their past work was in the realm of graphic design, working with Warner Brothers to design posters for Magic Mike XXL, as well as with Google to design advertisement posters for various National Parks in America. The official blog for RAWMEN suggests the soup-’em-up has been in development for several years and considering the footage shown today was described as “alpha quality,” might have some time left in the kitchen yet. Still, whether into early access or a full release, we’ll see more of RAWMEN before long.
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