ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier is the next game from the creators of Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone’s next game has been announced and it’s called Haunted chocolatier.

So far, I don’t know anything about this game, except that it seems to be a game similar to Stardew Valley, but Barone kindly brought us some small experiences through the two-minute trailer.


According to Barone, Stardew Valley is a more humble game because it allows your character to live on land and connect with people and nature. Haunted Chocolatier will “explore more fantasy possibilities”, and the experience will let you Beyond the ordinary.

“Chocolate represents something pleasant,” The baron said“The haunted castle represents the unknown charm. The ghost represents the mark of the past. All of these are important.

“However, don’t think for the time being that this is an evil or negative game because this game features ghosts in a haunted castle. On the contrary, I hope this game is positive, uplifting, and life-affirming. However, if Stardew Valley mainly channels the energy of the sun, then Haunted Chocolatier channels the energy of the moon. Both are important.”

Currently, the game is developing organically because it is still in the early stages of development. But at its core, Barone says that this cycle includes collecting ingredients, making chocolate, and running a chocolate shop. Obviously, there is more content beyond that, but Barone doesn’t want to learn more about gameplay at such an early stage, partly because he “does not want to be tied to any particular concept of the game.”

“In Stardew Valley, I feel a little restrained because I work in accordance with established traditions,” Baron said. “I don’t regret it at all, but there is always a part of my heart that wants to “release”. I believe this will be a good opportunity, but I have not yet been exposed to good things. So far, I have been mainly dedicated to the game. “Meat and potatoes.” But what really brings the game to life is the spices and sauces. I haven’t really touched the sauce yet. Here comes it.”

The video trailer may give you the impression that it is in an advanced stage of development, but this is not the case, because there is still a lot to do and there is “a lot of content” to be developed. In other words, it will take a while before the game ends.

Currently, the game is only released on PC, but it will also land on other major platforms.

Haunted Chocolatier is not the only game Barone is developing. As early as 2020, he revealed that he is working on two new games, but there is still a long way to go before completion. He also said that a world that took place in Stardew Valley, but not a farm game. On the other hand, he is not 100% sure of this world, but it will be connected to Stardew Valley in some way.

Barone’s Stardew Valley was originally released on PC in February 2016 and sold 1 million copies within two months. Since its first release, it has been available on consoles and mobile devices, and sold 15 million copies worldwide.