On its surface, Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 looks like a straightforward sequel to the first two stress-inducing restaurant simulators from Vertigo Gaming. Look past the gorgeous food artwork and the rush of orders, though, and you'll find that it's also sneaking in a story about the post-apocalypse. Players will be able to take their trucks on the quite-possibly-irradiated road when Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 launches in early access on January 29.
Along with the launch date announcement, series creator David Galindo dropped a new gameplay trailer that gives a little taste of how Cook, Serve, Delicious 3's setting makes way for remixed gameplay. You're still tasked with fulfilling a wide variety of orders under a super-tight time limit, but now other food trucks will occasionally try to run you off the road and prevent you from getting off at the right exit.
Yup, as if food service work wasn't maddening as-is, there's now a sprinkling of road rage in Cook, Serve, Delicious 3's melange. Still, that's nothing compared to the ice cream truck that opens fire on the player in the reveal trailer. One second it's like Jon Favreau's Chef, the next it's more like Mad Max: Fury Road.
Galindo demoed a build of Cook, Serve, Delicious 3 for the folks at Giant Bomb in October and gave an oddly chill description of the game's bleak vibe. "You can't really do anything about the huge wars, the nuclear fallout, and global warming," says Galindo, "but you can get in your food truck and cook food because everybody needs to eat."
If combining the decline of modern society with a fast-paced chef simulation is up your alley, then you'll be able to find Cook, Serve, Delicious 3's PC early access release on Steam and GOG. 2017's Cook, Serve, Delicious 2 (a pre-apocalyptic entry) is available for the PC, Mac, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One.