Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, shaper of beloved Stardew Valley, has unveiled his saccharine adjacent title. Dubbed ConcernedApe's Haunted Chocolatier, the upcoming crippled tasks you with moving a cocoa store wrong of a castle haunted by ghosts.
The announced trailer offers a vertical portion of what the crippled entails. It sports a akin presumption to Stardew Valley albeit with a acold much fantastical vibe. In a blog outlining the game, Barone states that it's an RPG/Simulation and its core loop involves gathering ingredients, making chocolate, and moving your shop. He besides stresses that the escapade offers overmuch much than that. In the trailer, we spot your quality prosecute successful combat (with Barone saying the crippled has a stronger emphasis connected enactment overall), choice-driven conversations, and hints of a grander, possibly sinister plot. Barone states helium doesn’t privation to beryllium handcuffed to immoderate 1 peculiar benignant of crippled and clarifies that it's a single-player experience. He besides says the crippled shares immoderate gameplay similarities to Stardew Valley, but that it's a mostly antithetic acquisition overall.
But wherefore cocoa and what’s up with the ghosts? Barone explains it champion successful his blog by writing:
“Chocolate represents that which is delightful. The haunted castle represents the allure of the unknown. The ghosts correspond the imprint of the past. All of these things are important. However, don’t deliberation for a infinitesimal that, due to the fact that this crippled features ghosts successful a haunted castle, it is an evil oregon antagonistic game. On the contrary, I mean for this crippled to beryllium positive, uplifting and life-affirming. However, if Stardew Valley mostly channeled the vigor of the sun, Haunted Chocolatier channels the vigor of the moon. Both are vital.”
While the crippled looks similar it’s acold on based connected the trailer, ConcernedApe says helium lone began processing it past twelvemonth and stresses that helium inactive has “a ton” of enactment to bash and has lone worked connected the “meat and potatoes” of the crippled truthful far. ConcernedApe's Haunted Chocolatier is lone confirmed for PC for present and has no release window, truthful don’t expect to play it for a bully while.
Barone has spent 10 years moving connected Stardew Valley, a rubric that has earned acclaim, galore awards, and is making its mode to Xbox Game Pass sometime this fall. After his stellar enactment connected that title, we can’t hold to spot what this wacky yet charming escapade has successful store for fans.