Eric “ConceredApe” Barone – pencipta sim pertanian dan gaya hidup yang sangat populer, Stardew Valley – baru saja merilis game barunya, Haunted Chocolatier. Ini lebih formal dikenal sebagai ‘ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier’.

Setelah mendedikasikan 10 tahun hidupnya “dan terus bertambah” untuk Stardew Valley, Barone telah memutuskan sudah waktunya untuk mengungkapkan game barunya kepada dunia. Jadi, ada apa dengan tema cokelat? Itu hanya ide yang dia miliki, dan yah – banyak orang menyukai cokelat.

Game ini akan “melampaui yang biasa” dengan bantuan cokelat hantu ajaib:

“In Stardew Valley, the focus was more humble: living off the land, growing food, and connecting to the people and nature around you. However, with my next game, I wanted to explore more fantastical possibilities… experiences that take you beyond the ordinary. That’s where magical haunted ghost chocolate comes in.

“Chocolate represents that which is delightful. The haunted castle represents the allure of the unknown. The ghosts represent the imprint of the past. All of these things are important. However, don’t think for a moment that, because this game features ghosts in a haunted castle, it is an evil or negative game. On the contrary, I intend for this game to be positive, uplifting and life-affirming. However, if Stardew Valley mostly channeled the energy of the sun, Haunted Chocolatier channels the energy of the moon. Both are vital.”

Yang terpenting, ConcernedApe hanya ingin itu menjadi game baru yang “menyenangkan”. Adapun jenis game-nya, inilah upaya terbaik Barone untuk menggambarkan:

“It’s evolving organically as I develop it, so I’m not sure where it will go. But at its core, the gameplay loop involves gathering ingredients, making chocolate, and running a chocolate shop. Of course, there’s a lot more to the game than that, but I don’t want to get too deep into at this early stage, partly because I don’t want to be tied down to any particular concept of what the game is.”

Itu juga akan memungkinkan Barone untuk melepaskan bagian dari dirinya yang tidak dapat dia lakukan dalam batasan Stardew Valley:

“I believe this will be a good opportunity, but I haven’t even gotten to the good stuff yet. I’ve been mostly working on the “meat and potatoes” of the game so far. But what really brings a game to life is the spice, the sauce. And I haven’t really gotten to the sauce yet. That’s coming.”

Dan meskipun game ini berjalan dengan baik, masih banyak pekerjaan yang harus dilakukan:

“Anyway, this is all largely talk at this point. While the video I put together may look like the game is at an advanced stage of development, there is still a ton of stuff to do. And the way I work, things often don’t come together until the final moments. I tend to work with a “vertical slice” approach, and so it’s easy to put together some video that looks like a finished game. But there is a ton of content I still need to make. So, please understand that it will be a while before this game is done. I’m going to be working on it as much as I can, though.”

Saat ini, satu-satunya rilis sistem yang diyakini 100% oleh Barone adalah PC. Namun, dia masih memiliki “setiap niat” untuk membawanya ke platform utama lainnya juga.

Dalam FAQ di situs web game resmi, pembuatnya juga menjawab beberapa pertanyaan lain – game saat ini hanya untuk single-player dan telah dikembangkan selama lebih dari setahun sekarang.

Dan meskipun mungkin terlihat dan bermain mirip dengan Stardew, itu sebenarnya berjalan di mesin baru – Barone masih dapat menggunakan kembali beberapa kode dari Stardew Valley.

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