Even in the event you do not but acknowledge Haunted Chocolatier by title, you’ll be able to probably inform who’s making it from a single screenshot. After dedicating a number of years to main updates and high quality of life fixes for Stardew Valley, creator Eric Barone is engaged on his subsequent sport. From what we all know to date, Haunted Chocolatier will share a lot with Stardew Valley despite the fact that it is headed for brand new territory: having you run a retailer as a substitute of a farm. We additionally know that the little ghosts serving to to run your store are extraordinarily lovable.
After the shock announcement in 2021, Barone has been characteristically quiet about Haunted Chocolatier improvement. As is his customized, info usually comes within the type of teaser pictures and cryptic hints. Whereas we wait to search out out simply when Haunted Chocolatier opens its doorways, here is every part we have discovered about it to date.
Here is the primary Haunted Chocolatier trailer
The primary teaser trailer for Haunted Chocolatier actually units expectations that it’ll really feel very acquainted to Stardew Valley followers. Barone is utilizing the identical artwork model, although he has stated that the pixel artwork has largely been baked recent for Chocolatier. It seems to be like we’ll be combating enemies, speaking with the locals, and brewing candies for our very personal retailers.
So what sort of sport is Haunted Chocolatier?
As a substitute of a farming simulation, Chocolatier is a store sim the place you may be creating chocolate and promoting it in your retailer. Like Stardew, Chocolatier has an area city filled with shops and NPCs with their very own tales that you’re going to get to know as you develop your store.
“I’m undecided how greatest to explain it,” Barone stated in his announcement weblog submit, “however at its core, the gameplay loop includes gathering substances, making chocolate, and operating a chocolate store.”
One factor that Barone has gone slightly deeper on is the fight, which he says is a higher focus in his subsequent sport. Chocolatier can have shields, which you need to use to dam assaults and stun enemies because of this. Barone says there shall be different off-hand gadgets as alternate options to shields to enhance totally different play types.
The reveal trailer additionally confirmed a participant utilizing a bow and arrow. Neat!
We’ve not gotten a lot rationalization on precisely how operating your chocolate store works, however there are some snippets to catch within the reveal trailer. You may spot a participant selecting from totally different countertop types, setting out several types of chocolate on the counters of their store, and a crowd of characters strolling across the store whereas it is open as your ghost mates carry chocolate over their heads.
Barone additionally talked about in an interview with VGKami that Chocolatier can have romantic relationships once more. “There shall be relationships like in Stardew Valley. I haven’t determined precisely how the system will work, but. And I anticipate to method some issues otherwise this time round.”
What is the Haunted Chocolatier launch date?
We do not know when Haunted Chocolatier will launch but. Barone first introduced it with a reveal trailer in October 2021. Up to now, Barone usually saved particulars about Stardew Valley updates quiet and launched teaser pictures very sparingly. We will probably anticipate the identical throughout Haunted Chocolatier’s improvement. When it was introduced, Barone stated he had been engaged on it for over a 12 months in secret.
“Whereas the video I put collectively might appear to be the sport is at a complicated stage of improvement, there’s nonetheless a ton of stuff to do,” Barone stated in regards to the reveal trailer. “And the best way I work, issues usually don’t come collectively till the ultimate moments.”
Is Haunted Chocolatier co-op?
Nope, Haunted Chocolatier goes to be singleplayer solely. With Stardew Valley, multiplayer was added as a significant sport replace after launch. Barone is not planning on doing the identical factor this time round. As with Stardew’s early days although, it is potential that modders will discover a manner so as to add multiplayer even with out official assist.
Will Haunted Chocolatier have mods?
Barone hasn’t particularly talked about modding assist or instruments for Haunted Chocolatier but, however I believe it is a very protected guess to imagine there shall be mods for Chocolatier regardless. Barone was supportive of modders throughout his years of Stardew Valley updates, and the identical will probably be true with Chocolatier. Given simply what number of Stardew Valley mods exist, followers of Barone’s second sport will probably be simply as eager to start out including their very own customized items.
Listed below are the Haunted Chocolatier characters we have seen
Native villagers are probably going to be an necessary a part of Chocolatier the best way they’re in Stardew Valley. Listed below are the few characters we have seen to date within the reveal trailer:
- Lily – She lives in a neon, plant-filled house, however that is all we all know!
- Burk – He seems to run a forge and store that sells weapons.
- Maddie – One other villager, although we do not know something about her both.
- Jett – Works in a analysis lab for somebody named Dr. Tungsten.
- Nigel – A neighborhood bartender in what seems to be like an underground bar.