The creators of Stardew Valley aren’t intimidated by the sophomore slump

Since 2016, dozens of farming and life sims have been chasing Stardew Valley’s success — and nothing compared to Eric Barone’s groundbreaking indie game, destined to never be.Now he’s announcing his next game, a store sim haunted chocolatierBarone said he was well aware that his second game might catch up to his first game like every other.

Barone and Reason Studio, the developer of the music software he used to create all of Stardew Valley’s soundtracks. Before getting into the music itself, Reason’s host compared Barone’s success to Stardew Valley and the resulting pressure on Haunted Chocolatier to the “second grade slump” theory that the band struggled to live up to the second album’s initial success.