Stardew Valley Creator Discusses Haunter Chocolatier, Will Not Be Releasing Anytime Soon

Fans can’t wait for Haunted Chocolatier, a game the developer rarely discusses despite the fact that it has a large fan base (mainly thanks to Stardew Valley). But in an interview with ScreenRant published today, the game’s developer, Eric Barone, discussed the game and provided some details about the development process.

In the interview, he discussed his collaboration with an indie-pop band, as well as his upcoming game. While it’s encouraging to hear anything at all about the game’s progress, the news isn’t great: development has begun, and it’ll be a while before the game releases. Barone, however, discussed how he still has high hopes for the game. He said:

Haunted Chocolatier is going well, but it’s a big game. I have a big, ambitious vision for it. It’s a little bit daunting, the amount of work that it’s going to be. But Stardew Valley took me four and a half years; I’ve been working on Haunted Chocolatier for about a year and a half or maybe two years now. I announced it a little bit over a year ago, but it’s still gonna be a while. But I think it’s going good. So far. There’s a lot of good things so far.”

From the start, Barone has made it clear that Haunted Chocolatier will offer a different experience to players than Stardew Valley. In the interview, he alluded to the fact that the game’s unique characteristics leave “a lot of wiggle room there to add crazy stuff. Haunted Chocolatier will reportedly focus on magic and combat.

I want to show a different side of what I do. In some ways, making games and art is just a way for me to connect to people, or for them to understand me. I want people to understand my ideas, my thoughts; who I am. I feel like Stardew Valley is partway there, but it’s not even close to the whole picture. There’s a lot more I need to express, so I’m looking forward to that.”

When asked why he made the choice to include more fight scenes in Haunted Chocolatier, Barone explained:

When I was in the early stages of Haunted Chocolatier, I was playing a bunch of Diablo II. Getting loot and seeing your numbers go up on the stats? I like that stuff. I feel like a lot of Stardew Valley players aren’t that into it, but I’ve just got to do what I think is fun. And I think that’ll shine through in the game, if I’m excited about it.”

The game may be far off, but it’s encouraging to see the developer has ambitious goals, and it’ll be interesting to see how they pan out. Until then, let us know in the comments what you expect from the game and whether you think the game will follow its predecessor’s footsteps.


Farhan Ali

Farhan is a passionate writer with an undying love for games, PC hardware, and technology. With nearly 5 years of experience in blogging and over 14 years of experience in gaming, this is what he loves and does best.
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