- Haunted Chocolatier should remain separate from Stardew Valley to avoid potential conflicts or overlap that could disappoint fans.
- Haunted Chocolatier has the potential to be its own unique story with a more advanced combat system and new NPCs to interact with.
- Fans of Stardew Valley should approach Haunted Chocolatier with an open mind and not expect it to be a carbon copy, as it should be seen as a standalone game first and foremost.
As fun as it could be to see Haunted Chocolatier and Stardew Valley share the same universe, a case can be made to say they should remain separate. There are implications that the story could take place before the one in Stardew Valley, and that’s the way things should stay. If it were to happen at the same time and the stories overlapped or conflicted in displeasing ways, Stardew Valley fans who wanted to check out Haunted Chocolatier may find themselves unhappy.
The potential that Haunted Chocolatier has to be its own story is incredible. The trailer for it introduced a more fleshed-out Stardew Valley combat system, what looked like a portal to another world, and a new town full of NPCs for players to talk to. Stardew Valley was an incredible success, so with Haunted Chocolatier, there are a lot of standards to meet, and thus Haunted Chocolatier mustn’t be just Stardew Valley in a different outfit.
Are Stardew Valley and Haunted Chocolatier Set in the Same Game Universe?
Developer ConcernedApe appears to tease that the upcoming game Haunted Chocolatier may be set in the same universe as Stardew Valley.
Haunted Chocolatier As Its Own Game
What Is Known About Haunted Chocolatier
As it stands, there are a few things the developer has shown that fans can draw their own conclusions about. Making use of the mystery of this new game to let fans predict or make guesses about what could come is a good play on ConcernedApe’s part. Like this, players can have fun speculating while also not being shown so much of the game that it isn’t even given a chance to be its own game. So far, some key bits players know from screenshots of Haunted Chocolatier and discussions are:
- There is an NPC who looks very similar to Stardew Valley‘s Grandpa.
- It has a “connection” to Stardew Valley.
- It’s more of an action RPG than a simulator.
Haunted Chocolatier’s Future
Even though there’s been confirmation that the two games will be connected in some way, it is important Haunted Chocolatier is given a moment to shine. Before any ties back to Pelican Town are made in-game, there should be plenty of world-building that makes it unique and sets it apart from its sister game. It’s a game of its own, and though it will face countless comparisons to Stardew Valley, as is only natural, Haunted Chocolatier needs to be seen as a standalone game first and foremost.
Being compared to other games similar to it isn’t always a good thing, after all. When one game comes out first or simply does things “better” than the existing competition, there will always be a comparison made between it and any other game of the same genre or type. One good example is to take a look at games like Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. They are made by the same developer, but they are not the same game. However, fans may expect the same things Genshin Impact to come to Honkai: Star Rail and vice versa.
Though these expectations aren’t inherently wrong, it’s holding one game up to another and expecting them to be carbon copies. But if they were, then the games are at fault for being too similar. It can be hard to please both ends of the spectrum, so as Haunted Chocolatier continues to develop, devoted fans of the developer’s previous game should keep an open mind and heart to anything that seems either too similar or too far away from Stardew Valley. Games can sometimes be the developer’s enemy as well as the developer’s heart and soul, so fans of Stardew Valley are encouraged to wait and see how things go with this new and upcoming game.