Eric “ConceredApe” Barone – the creator for the insanely widespread farming and way of life sim, Stardew Valley – has simply lifted the lid on his model new recreation, Haunted Chocolatier. It is extra formally often known as ‘ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier’.
After dedicating 10 years of his life “and counting” to Stardew Valley, Barone has determined it is time to reveal his new recreation to the world. So, what’s with the chocolate theme? It is simply an concept that he had, and effectively – lots of people like chocolate.
This recreation will go “past the unusual” with the help of magical ghost chocolate:
“In Stardew Valley, the main focus was extra humble: dwelling off the land, rising meals, and connecting to the individuals and nature round you. Nonetheless, with my subsequent recreation, I needed to discover extra fantastical prospects… experiences that take you past the unusual. That’s the place magical haunted ghost chocolate is available in.
“Chocolate represents that which is pleasant. The haunted fort represents the attract of the unknown. The ghosts signify the imprint of the previous. All of this stuff are essential. Nonetheless, don’t suppose for a second that, as a result of this recreation options ghosts in a haunted fort, it’s an evil or unfavorable recreation. Quite the opposite, I intend for this recreation to be optimistic, 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.”
Most of all, ConcernedApe simply desires it to be a “enjoyable” new recreation. As for what sort of recreation it’s, here is Barone’s finest try at describing:
“It’s evolving organically as I develop it, so I’m unsure the place it would go. However at its core, the gameplay loop includes gathering substances, making chocolate, and working a chocolate store. In fact, there’s much more to the sport than that, however I don’t need to get too deep into at this early stage, partly as a result of I don’t need to be tied all the way down to any specific idea of what the sport is.”
It will additionally permit Barone to unleash part of himself that he wasn’t capable of inside the constraints of Stardew Valley:
“I consider this might be alternative, however I haven’t even gotten to the great things but. I’ve been principally engaged on the “meat and potatoes” of the sport up to now. However what actually brings a recreation to life is the spice, the sauce. And I haven’t actually gotten to the sauce but. That’s coming.”
And though the sport is coming alongside properly, there’s nonetheless a variety of work to do:
“Anyway, that is all largely speak at this level. Whereas the video I put collectively might appear to be the sport is at a complicated stage of improvement, there may be nonetheless a ton of stuff to do. And the way in which I work, issues typically don’t come collectively till the ultimate moments. I are inclined to work with a “vertical slice” strategy, and so it’s straightforward to place collectively some video that appears like a completed recreation. However there’s a ton of content material I nonetheless have to make. So, please perceive that it is going to be some time earlier than this recreation is finished. I’m going to be engaged on it as a lot as I can, although.”
Proper now, the one system launch Barone is 100% sure about is PC. Nonetheless, he nonetheless has “each intention” of bringing it to different main platforms as effectively.
In an FAQ over on the official recreation web site, the creator additionally addressed a couple of different questions – the sport is presently single-player solely and has been in improvement for simply over a yr now.
And whereas it would look and play just like Stardew, it is really working on a brand new engine – Barone remains to be capable of reuse some code from Stardew Valley, although. If we hear another updates about this upcoming title or a Swap announcement, we’ll you’ll want to let .
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