A few months ago, Eric ‘ConcernedApe’ Barone, creator of the iconic indie game Stardew Valley, announced that he was now working on a new title called Haunted Chocolatier. This new game is set to pick up where Stardew Valley left off while also putting its own spin on the gameplay in the form of a greater focus on combat and shop mechanics. As 2021 came to an end, ConcernedApe shared some new screenshots from Haunted Chocolatier to give fans a glimpse at where the title is headed.
Fans of ConcernedApe’s work may already know that Haunted Chocolatier will feature more focus on combat than Stardew Valley did. However, they may not know that part of the reason information about Haunted Chocolatier is taking a while to come out is that ConcernedApe is not reusing the combat from Stardew Valley. Instead, Haunted Chocolatier‘s combat mechanics are being coded and drawn from the ground up to reflect the genre switch from simulation game to action RPG.
Although Haunted Chocolatier is intended to be much more of an action game than Stardew Valley was, it still features some similar sights and mechanics. This is reflected in ConcernedApe’s recent Twitter post, which shows off two new screenshots focusing on different aspects of the upcoming game. The first image focuses on a large gothic-style building with ornate windows and a gargoyle over the door standing in a snow-covered landscape, while the second shows the player character standing outside an abandoned school bus that seems to have been converted into a home or garden.
Both screenshots showcase the gorgeous 16-bit art style of Haunted Chocolatier, which seems to be slightly more detailed than the art of Stardew Valley. However, the first one also highlights the remote beauty of Haunted Chocolatier‘s world. Reportedly, the game will be modeled after the moon the same way that Stardew Valley was modeled after the sun. This surfaces in the distant, almost eerie snow-covered environment and adorably creepy gothic architecture.
ConcernedApe also used this post as an opportunity to wish his fans have a good 2022. He promised that this year would see a lot more information about Haunted Chocolatier being revealed, though he did not give any specifics. As of writing, it appears that some fans are cautiously intrigued by this post. One user congratulated ConcernedApe on his hard work, while others immediately began asking questions about the world and future of Haunted Chocolatier and Stardew Valley.
Haunted Chocolatier is currently in development.