Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone (aka ConcernedApe) recently revealed that his next game will be Haunted Chocolatier – a top-down pixel-based sim that bears a strong resemblance to his previous work. While the developer has since shown off gameplay footage of Haunted Chocolatier on YouTube and shared details about what fans can expect from it, he’s also said that the game isn’t the only project that he’s been working on.
Following the game’s announcement, Barone has answered a range of common questions surrounding Haunted Chocolatier as part of an F.A.Q. on its website. Fans of the developer’s work can find out a range of information here including how similar Haunted Chocolatier will be to Stardew Valley and whether or not Barone can commit to a release date for the game – he can’t at the moment, in case you were wondering.
Elsewhere in the F.A.Q, Barone discusses how long the game has been in development and how he’s been spending his time over the last year. “I started working on [Haunted Chocolatier] a little over 1 year ago, in 2020,” the developer says. “Since then, I’ve been working on it mostly in evenings and on the weekends, because I’m still actively working on Stardew Valley related things. It’s actually not the first or only “new project” I’ve been working on, but it’s the one that I believe I will finish first.”
Barone doesn’t go into detail about what the other project he’s currently working on is, and instead moves on to discuss the fact that Haunted Chocolatier will be single-player only. Whether or not the developer will wait until after Haunted Chocolatier is released to speak further about his other projects is currently unclear. However, as the recently announced sim is currently “still in early development”, fans will likely be hoping to hear more about Barone’s other works before that point.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.