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Haunted Chocolatier: Trailer, gameplay, and all of the information to date




The Stardew Valley group is perhaps alive and kicking due to the latest 1.6 replace, however followers are nonetheless excited for the shiny new sport coming from its maker, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone. The following sport from the developer, Haunted Chocolatier, is within the works, and it already seems like it should seize loads of the charms of Stardew Valley.

Since asserting Haunted Chocolatier in 2021, Barone has been juggling its improvement whereas releasing important updates for Stardew Valley. It may be laborious to maintain up with progress on each video games directly, particularly since Barone has stated a number of instances that he prefers to work in secret and infrequently discusses essential updates informally on X. In consequence, the knowledge accessible on every sport generally is a bit scattered. So we did the work of rounding all these particulars up. As you learn, take into account that Barone is creating the sport “organically,” so it’s attainable some particulars will change earlier than launch.

Does Haunted Chocolatier have a launch date?

The brief reply is that we don’t have a launch date or window for Haunted Chocolatier but. Barone began engaged on the sport in 2020, however we don’t know the way far alongside improvement is as a result of we’ve solely gotten occasional snippets from the sport. Most not too long ago, he stated that he’s “keen” to get again to work on it, however that he must make it possible for Stardew Valley 1.6 is “settled, bug-free and out to all platforms first.”

An image of chocolate shop rendered in pixel art in a screenshot for Haunted Chocolatier. It shows little floating ghosts that help tend the store.

Picture: ConcernedApe

It’s seemingly we received’t get a Haunted Chocolatier launch anytime quickly, because it’s going to take some time for Barone to launch every part wanted for the brand new model of Stardew. He simply dropped the 1.6.3 Stardew Valley fixes for PC on March 27 and doesn’t but have a launch date for when the replace will come to console, so there’s extra information to come back.

Moreover, Barone has been engaged on Stardew Valley updates for some time. In January of final 12 months, he stated he was “getting facet tracked” by Stardew Valley work. Then, that spring, he stated that he paused work on Haunted Chocolatier to work on the 1.6 replace. Barone is a one-man group (kind of), so if you happen to’re itching for the sport, possibly give the man a break!

What’s going to the gameplay be like in Haunted Chocolatier?

An image of character swinging a stick in the woods rendered in pixel art in a screenshot from Haunted Chocolatier. 

Picture: ConcernedApe

An image of person tinkering at a desk inside a workshop rendered in pixel art in a screenshot from Haunted Chocolatier. 

Picture: ConcernedApe

An image of character running through rendered in pixel art in a screenshot from Haunted Chocolatier. They are standing in front of a brick storefront with a sign that says “Chocolate’ on it.

Picture: ConcernedApe

An image of a fire lookout rendered in pixel art in a screenshot from Haunted Chocolatier. There is a house on top and a character with a brimmed hat stands on top of it.

Picture: ConcernedApe

Followers of Stardew Valley will instantly acknowledge a number of of Haunted Chocolatier’s gameplay components from the trailer. The sport bears Barone’s typical type, pairing stunningly detailed pixel artwork with a lush soundtrack. Options of Stardew gameplay — like the power to develop relationships with characters and adorn a house — additionally appear to determine prominently into Haunted.

Nevertheless, the most important distinction between the 2 will likely be its core Gameplay and fight. Based on a 2021 weblog publish, the sport will lean into extra action-RPG components and have a larger emphasis on fight. Moreover, in his announcement publish, he stated that the core loop will contain “gathering elements, making chocolate, and operating a chocolate store” as a substitute of operating a farm.

What can we find out about Haunted Chocolatier’s characters and story?

Regardless of fight variations, the 2 video games nonetheless appear and feel comparable. Haunted even appears to have an analogous premise, that includes a narrative a few new-to-town participant character who begins a enterprise.

“In Stardew Valley, the main target was extra humble: residing off the land, rising meals, and connecting to the individuals and nature round you. Nevertheless, with my subsequent sport, I needed to discover extra fantastical prospects… experiences that take you past the abnormal,” Barone stated within the weblog.

In consequence, this sport will lean a bit extra into supernatural components. If you happen to watch the trailer, you’ll see cute little ghosts that assist you in a chocolate store. Moderately than wanting the sport to really feel scary, Barone stated that he intends for the sport “to be optimistic, uplifting and life-affirming.” He stated, “if Stardew Valley largely channeled the vitality of the solar, Haunted Chocolatier channels the vitality of the moon. Each are important.”

Followers are already excited to fulfill the characters on this new world. Barone launched a screenshot of an unnamed character that appears like a grandpa or possibly a wizard; the trailer additionally confirmed us a number of new faces. You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the characters beneath, however be aware that these descriptions are primarily based on our personal observations of the footage — some particulars aren’t confirmed and will change.

  • Lily, a younger maybe-bachelorette who seems to ask the character into a stunning desert-themed room.
  • Burk, a burly bald-headed man with a thick beard. He appears to keep up a furnace, however he additionally simply looks like a sweaty man.
  • Maddie, an individual with a little bit of a gentle goth look who asks the participant character what it’s like residing within the metropolis.
  • Jett, a researcher with a complete mess of hair. I simply wish to know if he’ll be this sport’s Sebastian.
  • Miguel, a bartender who additionally has a bald head and a few very furrowed brows.

Is Haunted Chocolatier simply Stardew Valley 2?

Barone stated he desires Haunted Chocolatier to have its personal identification, so it most likely received’t be a direct sequel. (Sorry to these of you who needed to pack up along with your Stardew partner and dwell your greatest chocolate life collectively!) Nonetheless, the sport may have at the very least some form of connection to Stardew’s world, however Barone hasn’t determined how deep will probably be but.

Will Haunted Chocolatier have multiplayer?

Followers who’ve performed Stardew Valley with mates utilizing its native co-op and on-line multiplayer modes is perhaps questioning if Haunted Chocolatier will assist comparable Gameplay. Based on the sport’s FAQ, it simply has single-player, and Barone has “no present plans” so as to add multiplayer.

The place can I watch the Haunted Chocolatier trailer?

We solely have one early gameplay trailer of Haunted Chocolatier to date. Though some followers have stated Barone introduced the sport too early, he has since responded by saying that he launched it as a result of he “needed to ascertain what [his] subsequent sport was about as a result of there have been lots of false rumors and assumptions going round.” You’ll be able to view the trailer above.

What platforms will Haunted Chocolatier come to?

The one platform that we all know Haunted Chocolatier will for positive come out on is Home windows PC, in accordance with the FAQ. However it’s not like all hope is misplaced for different platforms. Barone stated he imagines the sport may have “about the identical system necessities” as Stardew Valley. Barring any points with backward compatibility, he “would think about individuals will be capable of play it on the identical techniques [as Stardew Valley].”

Stardew Valley is obtainable to play on macOS, cellular gadgets, Nintendo Change, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Home windows PC, and Xbox One. It’s additionally accessible to play on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X by way of backward compatibility. I’m not going to carry out hope for Haunted Chocolatier on PlayStation Vita within the 12 months 2024, however it appears like Gamers received’t want to fret about platform exclusivity.

What else is there to find out about Haunted Chocolatier?

What’s left? Not a lot. We’ll proceed to replace you with extra information, however for now, I’ll depart you with this banger Barone made for a boss battle within the sport. It’s titled “bee_boss.ogg” and it’s an authorized bop.