Stardew Valley Creator’s New Game Is About Making Chocolate With Ghosts

Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, maker of beloved Stardew Valley, has unveiled his sweet next title. ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier is the next title. You will be responsible for running a chocolate shop in a haunted castle.  

This trailer shows a glimpse of the gameplay. The trailer is similar to Stardew valley, but with an even more magical feel. In a blog outlining the game, Barone states that it’s an RPG/Simulation and its core loop involves gathering ingredients, making chocolate, and running your shop. The adventure has more to it, he says. In the trailer, we see your character engage in combat (with Barone saying the game has a stronger emphasis on action overall), choice-driven conversations, and hints of a grander, perhaps sinister plot. Barone states he doesn’t want to be handcuffed to any one particular style of game and clarifies that it’s a single-player experience. Barone also stated that the game has some similarities with Stardew Valley’s gameplay, but it is a completely different experience. 

But why chocolate and what’s up with the ghosts? Barone writes:

“Chocolate represents that which is delightful. The allure of being unknown is represented by the haunted castle. Ghosts symbolize the past’s imprint. These are all important. However, don’t think for a moment that, because this game features ghosts in a haunted castle, it is an evil or negative game. This game should be positive and uplifting. Stardew Valley channeled the energies of the sun. Haunted Chocolatier, however, channels the energy and energy of both the moon and the sun. Both are vital.”

While the game looks like it’s far along based on the trailer, ConcernedApe says he only began developing it last year and stresses that he still has “a ton” of work to do and has only worked on the “meat and potatoes” of the game so far. ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier is only confirmed for PC for now and has no release window, so don’t expect to play it for a good while. 

Barone spent 10 years developing Stardew Valley. This title has won numerous awards and received acclaim. It will be available on Xbox Game Pass in the fall. After his stellar work on that title, we can’t wait to see what this wacky yet charming adventure has in store for fans.

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