Love playing ‘Stardew Valley’? Here’s when its sequel ‘Haunted Chocolatier’ will drop
Remember when you first moved to the valley? You inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley while you were armed with hand-me-down tools with a few coins. And it was time for you to begin your new life! It’s hard not to love Stardew Valley where we can create the farm of our dreams, learn to appreciate the land by raising animals and crops, and going fishing.
We’re a part of the community and get to explore vast, mysterious caves, encountering dangerous creatures and great treasures deep underground. Now the Stardew Valley creator has unveiled the next game, Haunted Chocolatier. To all you Stardew Valley fans, how does the idea of trading in your beloved farm for a magical haunted ghost chocolate?
The creator of Stardew Valley Eric Barone (also known as ConcernedApe) has announced his second game: ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier, which is looking to stretch the Stardew Valley formula with a more “fantastical setting and “magical haunted ghost chocolate.”
According to the new game’s website, “In this game, you will play as a chocolatier living in a haunted castle. In order to thrive in your new role, you will have to gather rare ingredients, make delicious chocolates, and sell them in a chocolate shop.”
As you may have suspected, the new title will favor Stardew Valley in many respects. The creator’s conscientious pixel art and animations (at least at this stage of development and perhaps taking us back to the childhood games from the ‘90s and ‘00s) materialize virtually identical to his previous creation.
Currently, we don’t have any indication whether Haunted Chocolatier is or was intended to be a sequel to Stardew Valley. We also don’t know if Haunted Chocolatier will even take place in the same universe.
Barone further explains that “Like Stardew Valley, Haunted Chocolatier is another “town game”, where you relocate to a new town and try your hand at a new way of living. You’ll get to know the townspeople, achieve your goals and make progress in many ways. All of that is similar to Stardew Valley. However, the core gameplay and theming are quite a bit different.”
With Haunted Chocolatier, fans can look forward to more of an action-RPG compared to Stardew Valley. “Instead of a farm being a focal point of your endeavors, it’s a chocolate shop.”
When asked, “Why chocolate?” Barone replied, “I’m not sure. It just kind of came to me. I think sometimes the best ideas just appear in a flash, instead of being cleverly thought out. That’s how I like to work, anyway. What’s important is the execution. And after ten years of practice, I feel more confident than ever in being able to bring an idea to life.”
What seems clear to the creator of Haunted Chocolatier is that a lot of people like chocolate.
“Chocolate represents that which is delightful. The haunted castle represents the allure of the unknown. The ghosts represent the imprint of the past. All of these things are important.” But when can gamers mark their calendars?
Haunted Chocolatier has been in development for about a year now. Eric Barone isn’t at the point of committing to a precise release date. There’s not yet a release window. The title, however, is currently a single-player game. There’s no plan for multi-players at the moment. The only platform Barone is fully certain about is PC but he has “every intention of bringing it to the other major platforms as well.”
Just like he did with Stardew Valley, Eric Barone is composing Haunted Chocolatier single-handedly, with no plans to self-publish.
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