A new game by ConcernedApe, creator of wildly successful Stardew Valley, is now in development. After 10 years of dedication to Stardew Valley, his new project is called Haunted Chocolatier.
Two and a half minutes of gameplay were shown in a surprise trailer that gave us a glimpse of what to expect from Haunted Chocolatier. It uses many of the assets of Stardew Valley and has a similar aesthetic, but you can see that there is much more detail in the graphics of this game.
In the trailer, we see some glimpses of a town not unlike Pelican Town, with a shot of a big chocolatier, a building where chocolate is made and sold. Our customized character needs to collect some ingredients to make chocolate, which seems to be part of the premise of this new game.
It also appears as though there is a world that we can enter through the chocolatier via a painting that takes us to a dangerous land full of enemies; this seems to be where we collect ingredients.
There will be customization features as we can decorate the chocolotier with countertops, plants, and more.
Of course, in Stardew Valley fashion, it looks like we’ll be able to interact with a diverse cast of characters who we can give gifts to in Haunted Chocolatier. We can see a few examples of this in the trailer.
So, why the inclusion of the word haunted in the title? ConcernedApe comments on this, “I wanted to explore more fantastical possibilities… experiences that take you beyond the ordinary. That’s where magical haunted ghost chocolate comes in.”
ConcernedApe also describes the gameplay loop of Haunted Chocolatier, “[it] involves gathering ingredients, making chocolate, and running a chocolate shop.”
Though the game looks to be far in development, ConcernedApe says there’s a lot of work that needs to be done before he can share more information about when it will be released. He also stated on Twitter that the price of the game will not cost more than Stardew Valley, which costs $14.99 digitally on all platforms.
You can read more about Haunted Chocolatier on its official website, and you can watch the reveal trailer below. We’ve also included some screenshots below the trailer for you to check out.