Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, maker of the popular Stardew Valley, has revealed their cute next title. The upcoming game called ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier challenges you to run a chocolate shop in a haunted castle.
The announced trailer offers a vertical snippet of what the game entails. It offers a presentation similar to Stardew Valley, albeit with a much more fantastic atmosphere. On a blog describing the game, Barone explains that it is an RPG / simulation and its core loop involves collecting ingredients, making chocolate, and running your shop. He also emphasizes that there is much more to the adventure. In the trailer, we see your character engaging in combat (with Barone saying the game as a whole has a heavier emphasis on action), decision-making conversations, and hints of a grander, perhaps gritty, plot. Barone explains that he does not want to be tied to a particular style of play and makes it clear that it is a single player experience. He also says that the game shares some gameplay similarities with Stardew Valley, but that it’s a mostly different experience overall.
But why chocolate and what about the ghosts? Barone best explains it on his blog by writing:
“Chocolate stands for that which is delicious. The haunted castle represents the charm of the unknown. The ghosts represent the imprint of the past. All of these things are important. Don’t think it’s a bad or negative game, however, as this game features ghosts in a haunted castle. On the contrary, I intend this game to be positive, uplifting, and life-affirming. However, if Stardew Valley is primarily channeling the sun’s energy, then Haunted Chocolatier is channeling the moon’s energy. Both is important.”
While the game looks like it’s well advanced based on the trailer, ConcernedApe says it only started development last year, and points out that it still has “a lot” of work to do and only on the “meat.” and potatoes’ of the game has worked so far. ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier is only confirmed for PC for now and has no release window, so don’t expect to play it for a while.
Barone spent 10 years working on Stardew Valley, a recognized and acclaimed title that will make its way to Xbox Game Pass sometime this fall. After his stellar work on this title, we can’t wait to see what this crazy yet charming adventure has in store for fans.