When is the Haunted Chocolatier release date? The upcoming 2D role-playing adventure is being developed by Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe, who previously created Stardew Valley. That means that we should expect some lovely pixel art, a picturesque town, and an awesome soundtrack – but with less farming and more chocolate, of course.
If Haunted Chocolatier reaches the heights of Stardew Valley, we’ll have one of the best indie games of all time on our hands, and possibly one of the best PC games overall. From the first gameplay trailer and boss teaser to the latest news, here’s everything we know about the Haunted Chocolatier release date so far.
Haunted Chocolatier release date speculation
It’s likely that the Haunted Chocolatier release date will fall sometime in 2025. However, this is based on a rough time scale suggested by developer Concerned Ape.
Given that Barone said in a tweet earlier this year that he was taking a break from HC to work on a Stardew Valley update, we could even be looking at an even more distant release date.
We’ve estimated this release date based on Barone’s comments in an interview with Screen Rant in December 2022, in which he confirmed that Haunted Chocolatier was “gonna be a while”. He then referred to the development time of Stardew Valley, which took four and a half years to get out. Given that Barone started work on Haunted Chocolatier between late 2020 and early 2021, this would take us to mid-2025 at best, without delays and with a similar development time to Stardew.
After “dedicating ten years of my life to Stardew Valley (and counting)”, Barone announced that he had begun working on his next game, Haunted Chocolatier, in October 2021. It’s worth remembering that Haunted Chocolatier, like SV, is a solo project, and quite an ambitious one.
Some screenshots of the game are available on the official website, and keen-eyed fans have spotted a potential release date clue, putting the game much further ahead than 2o25.
In the final image on the page, the total amount of currency, seen in the top right-hand corner of the screen, shows 2023. Some think this is a hint that we could see the game later this year. “20/20” appears in a progress bar on the left side of the screen – perhaps around when development first began. However, given the reasons we’ve laid out, we think this is a little too optimistic – as much as we’d love to see Haunted Chocolatier released later this year.
Haunted Chocolatier trailer
Eric Barone released the first (and for now only) Haunted Chocolatier gameplay trailer in October 2021. It introduces us to a gorgeous pixel world that consists of vast forests, mountains, a large town, and… Is that a haunted-castle-turned-chocolate-shop?
It looks like our little 2D chocolatier indeed gets to live in a massive castle, where they’ll be brewing their chocolatey goodness in witch-like cauldrons. To find the proper ingredients, the chocolatier will have to venture out into the wilds, to gather berries and slaying slimes. So far, we’ve spotted nectar, milk, and huckleberries.
A quick glimpse of the build menu suggests that the chocolate shop can be fully customized, using different flooring, furniture, and decorations. You’ll be able to put your chocolatey creations on display, too. This is also where the ‘haunted’ part comes in, as all of the shop’s employees seem to be ghosts. Doesn’t put off the townspeople though, by the looks of it.
Haunted Chocolatier gameplay
In his game announcement blog post, Eric Barone says that he’s not sure why he came up with a chocolate theme specifically, adding that “a lot of people like chocolate”. In contrast with Stardew Valley, which has a more humble, back-to-nature focus, Haunted Chocolatier throws magic and spookiness into the mix. Despite the darker theme, Barone says that the game should still offer an uplifting experience.
In short, Haunted Chocolatier’s gameplay involves gathering ingredients, making chocolate, and running a chocolate shop. There’ll be a lot more to it than that, but most of the details remain a mystery for now. We do know that Haunted Chocolatier features plenty of shops and even more NPCs, such as blacksmith Burk and astrologer/science-guy Dr. Tungsten.
Haunted Chocolatier news
Dropping a short combat clip in late October 2021, Barone disclosed that Haunted Chocolatier has a greater focus on combat compared to Stardew Valley. The combat system is created “from scratch’, and should offer room for different play styles. That includes a defensive approach, thereby using a shield to block and stun opponents. In addition to the shield, there will be a variety of off-hand items.
In early 2022, Barone confirmed that Haunted Chocolatier players can build relationships with in-game characters, similar to Stardew Valley. However, he also revealed that he’ll “approach some things differently this time around”. What that means exactly, who knows.
A Haunted Chocolatier screenshot from August 2022 shows a monstrously large bee inside a giant honeycomb. We can draw two careful conclusions from this: Haunted Chocolatier will throw us some pretty intimidating enemies, and we’ll be mixing our cocoa with honey. Even better; this beehive-dungeon boss comes with its own soundtrack, and it’s an absolute banger.
Will there be Haunted Chocolatier multiplayer?
This is an important question for many Stardew-fans who enjoyed farming together with a pal. However, according to the “frequently asked questions” section on the game’s website, Haunted Chocolatier will feature solo play only. Even though Barone doesn’t have plans to change this in the future, do keep in mind that Stardew was initially a solo-only game as well. You never know.
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