Stardew Valley creator reveals first look at his next game

Stardew Valley, the life-absorbing simulation game in which you're tasked with rebuilding a farm but the real task is getting Alex to notice and fall in love with you, has been out on every platform for a few years now, so what has sole developer Eric 'ConcernedApe' Barone been up to since then?

Apart from counting his well-earned cash, he's been hard at work making a brand-new game: ConcernedApe's Haunted Chocolatier, and he's announced it with some actual gameplay footage, which is always preferable to one of those glossy CGI trailer announcements that tells you next to nothing.


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The game does look similar to Stardew, with a familiar UI, more gorgeous sprite work, giving people gifts and hacking away at beasties. This time around, the location is a haunted castle and you've got to run a successful chocolatier. Or at least pretend while you try and pursue some emotionally unavailable hottie, we assume.

"I intend for this game to be positive, uplifting and life-affirming. However, if Stardew Valley mostly channeled the energy of the sun, Haunted Chocolatier channels the energy of the moon. Both are vital," Barone wrote on his blog.

"While the video I put together may look like the game is at an advanced stage of development, there is still a ton of stuff to do. And the way I work, things often don't come together until the final moments. I tend to work with a 'vertical slice approach, and so it's easy to put together some video that looks like a finished game.


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"But there is a ton of content I still need to make. So, please understand that it will be a while before this game is done. I'm going to be working on it as much as I can, though."

Stardew Valley is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android, macOS and even the PS Vita.

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