Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has announced Haunted Chocolatier, his next game. In Haunted Chocolatier, players become the next chocolatier to take over a local chocolate factory and store, which are located inside a haunted castle.
Barone put up a blog post on the Haunted Chocolatier website, detailing the new game. “Chocolate represents that which is delightful. The haunted castle represents the allure of the unknown. The ghosts represent the imprint of the past. All of these things are important.”
Haunted Chocolatier shares the same art style as Stardew Valley, although from the trailer it appears to take place in a larger town with more characters. The trailer also shows the player collecting ingredients and fighting monsters out in the wild, before returning to their home to make chocolate. The chocolate was then sold in a store that appeared to be run by ghosts.
Barone went on to say that while Haunted Chocolatier will continue to evolve as he develops it, the main loop of the game involves gathering ingredients, making chocolate, and selling the chocolate. He also said that while Stardew Valley was mostly a grounded experience, he wants to explore more fantastical elements with Haunted Chocolatier.
Barone made it clear that Haunted Chocolatier is still early in development and won’t be ready for some time. He did not announce platforms or a release window for Haunted Chocolatier. Barone’s previous game Stardew Valley has sold over 10 million copies since its release.
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