As a solo developer, Eric ‘ConcernedApe’ Barone is busy with developing his new title, Haunted Chocolatier, while also providing support for his hit game, Stardew Valley.
Because of the lack of manpower, due to being on his own, ConcernedApe announced he’s taking a break from developing Haunted Chocolatier in favor of finishing up update 1.6 for Stardew Valley.
“There is going to be a Stardew 1.6 update. It’s mostly changes for modders (which will make it easier & more powerful to mod). But there is also new game content, albeit much less than 1.5. I’m taking a break from Haunted Chocolatier to work on this at the moment. Then back to HC,” the solo dev said.
As Barone noted today, the 1.6 update is mainly to aid modders to more easily create content for the game, though there is also expected to be new content in this update.
With an announcement like this, it’s obvious that Haunted Chocolatier is seeing a delay. Though without an official release date since it’s initial announcement, there’s no longer of a wait than what fans already had anticipated.
The struggles of working on a new game while supporting a previous game as a solo developer have been apparent for ConcernedApe. Most recently the mobile ports of Stardew Valley have only just got the 1.5 update this year, despite it being available for other platforms since the end of 2020.
While Haunted Chocolatier is still in the works, Stardew Valley is available now for Windows PC (via GOG, and Steam) Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Android, and iOS – as well as more recently on Xbox Game Pass. In case you missed it, you can find our review for Stardew Valley here (we highly recommend it!)