- Stardew Valley revolutionized the farming simulator genre by introducing multiplayer features, allowing players to shape and work on a farm together in a Harvest Moon-like experience.
- The Stardew Valley 1.6 update will add 8-person multiplayer, which is a stark contrast to the supposedly singleplayer-focused Haunted Chocolatier.
- Despite the differences, fans can expect the same cozy atmosphere in Haunted Chocolatier as they experienced in Stardew Valley, even if it’s a more isolated game.
While the Harvest Moon franchise, now known as Story of Seasons, has been a rather beloved farming simulator game for decades, the genre fell into obscurity as many gamers felt like its base features weren’t what they wanted as the years went by. Many farming simulation games tried to pick up the slack, but none garnered the same amount of attention until Stardew Valley was released in 2016. While it faced some criticisms, such as being seen as “too needy” by some players, it ended up being the perfect relaxing game for fans of the genre at the time.
Stardew Valley was the game that made ConcernedApe, the alias for the singular developer Eric Barone, a known name. As the years went by, Barone would continue to update his game set in Pelican Town, and at least one more major update is in the pipeline for the game as of now. However, what’s most surprising is that the next set of features coming to Stardew are also in the works alongside Barone’s next game, Haunted Chocolatier. However, this update may be exactly what sets these games apart.
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Haunted Chocolatier and Stardew Valley Are Completely Different Player Experiences
Stardew Valley is a Multiplayer Farming Simulator
ConcernedApe’s farming simulator originally launched as a single-player experience, but multiplayer features were always planned to be included. In fact, they were meant to be part of the package originally released in 2016, but the co-op parts of Stardew weren’t completed and launched until April 2018. The game can be played solo without issues, but for many, the idea of co-op Harvest Moon-like title was a big draw to the game that set Stardew Valley apart from its competition.
For the first time, players could work on and shape a farm together with dynamic rules they can set before the game begins that match their specific style, such as sharing a wallet or using personal ones among all the players. This, alongside the same-sex marriage options and open-ended nature, Stardew Valley was practically handing everything fans of Story of Seasons wanted on a silver platter back when it first launched, helping bolster its popularity.
Stardew Valley has done such a great job at being a “Harvest Moon clone” for PC that the creator of Harvest Moon aka Story of Seasons Yashuhiro Wada himself has praised the game for selling so well and managing to capture feelings some SoS games lacked later down the line.
The Next ConcernedApe Game May Be More Self-Contained
It’s important to remember that Stardew Valley may not have launched with multiplayer features, but it was always planned to have them, because Eric Barone’s next game might go the opposite direction. After it was announced, Barone explained that “if Stardew Valley is the sun, Haunted Chocolatier is the moon.” While it isn’t known just how these two games differ just yet, this phrase may relate to how this chocolate shop simulation game seems to be designed to be a solo, single-player experience unlike its spiritual predecessor. It’s a rather interesting change compared to Stardew, which thrives off of its multiplayer.
This difference is going to be made even more apparent soon, because Stardew Valley is adding 8-player multiplayer support in update 1.6. Going from an 8-player co-op experience straight to a more personal experience in Haunted Chocolatier may be whiplash for most of ConcernedApe’s player base. It’s a specific change that many will feel at first, but it’ll be quite easy to get used to. Barone’s games have already proven themselves since 2016 to have an air of quality and specific tonal direction that’ll likely make Haunted Chocolatier just as easy to cozy up with as Stardew Valley was, which means it will likely leave a similar impact on players, no matter how different the two titles are.
- February 26, 2016
- RPG , Simulation
- Local Multiplayer , Online Multiplayer
- E for Everyone (Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Simulated Gambling, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco)
- How Long To Beat
- 53 Hours
- X|S Enhanced
- File Size Xbox Series
- 1 GB (November 2023)
- Split Screen Orientation
- Vertical or Horizontal
- Number of Players
- Steam Deck Compatibility
- Local Co-Op Support
- 1-4 Players