On Thursday, Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone dropped a two-minute teaser video for a completely new sport just about out of nowhere. The brand new sport, titled Haunted Chocolatier, appears loads like Stardew Valley, which implies it is a refreshingly pretty homage to all issues SNES and Squaresoft.
As Barone’s first new online game since SV‘s 2016 launch, Haunted Chocolatier at present does not have a launch date estimate of any variety. To keep away from being “tied all the way down to any explicit idea of what the sport is” earlier than its eventual launch, Barone has not but finalized Haunted Chocolatier‘s gameplay programs, both. HC‘s reveal got here alongside a lengthy FAQ, whose website has been pounded by followers’ quick curiosity within the new sport, and it clarifies that the sport revolves round “a chocolatier dwelling in a haunted fort” who should “collect uncommon components, make scrumptious sweets, and promote them in a chocolate store.”
If that sounds pedestrian to you, you clearly have not gotten sucked into the addictive Harvest Moon homage that is Stardew Valley, which has bought hundreds of thousands of copies in its six years on PC and most console households. (There’s additionally a board game version.) Like that sport, Barone means that HC will probably be a completely self-made venture (programming, artwork, music, and extra), with outdoors assist solely coming as soon as the sport is finalized and desires assist with language translations and ports to different platforms. (As of press time, Barone is simply committing to a launch on PC, with different platform bulletins to come back later.)
Right this moment’s announcement clarifies that HC and SV look related for intentional causes: they’re related sufficient mechanically to suit into Barone’s self-described “city sport” style. However the newer HC will emphasize “action-RPG” programs, and the trailer reveals melee and ranged fight in an outside-of-town wilderness that probably resembles the SNES traditional Secret of Mana. The teaser additionally reveals a variety of NPC interactions that trace to a much bigger goal than merely accumulating components and making and promoting treats. (Although if that is actually HC this boils all the way down to, we’ll nonetheless chew.)
Barone’s rise from game-making obscurity to beloved indie icon is chronicled at size within the 2017 guide Blood, Sweat, and Pixels. Within the chapter dedicated to Barone, reporter Jason Schreier scrutinizes Barone’s cussed dedication to endlessly refining SV, even effectively after its retail launch. Right this moment, Barone admits he’s nonetheless not completed creating SV, despite the sport by no means receiving a paid DLC replace on any of its present platforms. Work on HC, he provides, has been ongoing over “nights and weekends” since a while in 2020. Even wackier, he admits it is not the one sport idea he is been tooling round with in his spare hours, although he estimates that HC is the one he’ll “end first.”
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