Rumors about a new title in the Cooking Mama franchise have sprung up recently as both Australian and German rating boards have postings regarding a new game. It appears this new game (listed as Cooking Mama: Cookstar) was actually revealed back in February. In a press release, publisher Planet Digital Partners announced Cooking Mama: Coming Home to Mama, alongside a few interesting details.
First, Cooking Mama: Cookstar will feature a Vegetarian Mode. This mode showcases meatless recipes for those who wish to avoid cooking even virtual meat. While I certainly won’t be taking advantage of this feature, I appreciate the lengths the developers are going through to be inclusive in a cooking game of all things.
While this new mode will be the most visible of the new features, Cooking Mama‘s behind-the-scenes structure is something fairly different. Planet Digital Partners has stated that the reboot will be utilizing blockchain technology to improve the user experience. According to Steve Grossman, president of Planet Digital Partners:
Gaming is a $135 billion dollar industry with little opportunity to invest outside of the large public game publishers. We are using blockchain to add new innovative gameplay that investors can now have equity in. Putting aspects of Cooking Mama on-chain will take the user experience to a whole new level, reinvigorate a popular game franchise that many grew up with and give investors an opportunity to make handsome returns, through a digital preferred share offering.
What this means for Cooking Mama is that each game will be subtly tailored to each individual player. The blockchain also allows for increased privacy, increased fairness in online events, in-game recognition, and the ability to resell games both digitally and in retail outlets.
Are you excited for another entry in the Cooking Mama franchise? I’ve not played the franchise since the initial release, so I’m personally looking forward to it!