Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, maker of beloved Stardew Valley, has unveiled his candy subsequent title. Dubbed ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier, the upcoming sport duties you with working a chocolate store within a fort haunted by ghosts.
The introduced trailer provides a vertical slice of what the sport entails. It sports activities an identical presentation to Stardew Valley albeit with a much more fantastical vibe. In a weblog outlining the sport, Barone states that it is an RPG/Simulation and its core loop entails gathering components, making chocolate, and working your store. He additionally stresses that the journey provides far more than that. Within the trailer, we see your character interact in fight (with Barone saying the sport has a stronger emphasis on motion total), choice-driven conversations, and hints of a grander, maybe sinister plot. Barone states he doesn’t wish to be handcuffed to anybody explicit type of sport and clarifies that it is a single-player expertise. He additionally says the sport shares some gameplay similarities to Stardew Valley, however that it is a principally completely different expertise total.
However why chocolate and what’s up with the ghosts? Barone explains it greatest in his weblog by writing:
“Chocolate represents that which is pleasant. The haunted fort represents the attract of the unknown. The ghosts symbolize the imprint of the previous. All of this stuff are vital. Nonetheless, don’t assume for a second that, as a result of this sport options ghosts in a haunted fort, it’s an evil or unfavorable sport. Quite the opposite, I intend for this sport to be constructive, uplifting and life-affirming. Nonetheless, if Stardew Valley principally channeled the vitality of the solar, Haunted Chocolatier channels the vitality of the moon. Each are very important.”
Whereas the sport seems to be prefer it’s far alongside primarily based on the trailer, ConcernedApe says he solely started creating it final yr and stresses that he nonetheless has “a ton” of labor to do and has solely labored on the “meat and potatoes” of the sport to this point. ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier is barely confirmed for PC for now and has no launch window, so don’t anticipate to play it for a great whereas.
Barone has spent 10 years engaged on Stardew Valley, a title that has earned acclaim, quite a few awards, and is making its method to Xbox Sport Move someday this fall. After his stellar work on that title, we will’t wait to see what this wacky but charming journey has in retailer for followers.