Daily Archives: 2021-10-21

Stardew Valley’s creator announces pixel-art followup Haunted Chocolatier

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: Oooh. I have an unspeakable number of hours in Stardew Valley, and (for better or worse) this look like the same game with a slightly different premise.
  • Emphasis on "in development." There's no release date for this Stardew Valley successor just yet. [credit: ConcernedApe LLC ]

On Thursday, Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone dropped a two-minute teaser video for an entirely new game pretty much out of nowhere. The new game, titled Haunted Chocolatier, looks a lot like Stardew Valley, which means it's a refreshingly lovely homage to all things SNES and Squaresoft.

As Barone's first new video game since SV's 2016 launch, Haunted Chocolatier currently doesn't have a release date estimate of any kind. To avoid being "tied down to any particular concept of what the game is" before its eventual launch, Barone has not yet finalized Haunted Chocolatier's gameplay systems, either. HC's reveal came alongside a lengthy FAQ, whose site has been pounded by fans' immediate interest in the new game, and it clarifies that the game revolves around "a chocolatier living in a haunted castle" who must "gather rare ingredients, make delicious chocolates, and sell them in a chocolate shop."

If that sounds pedestrian to you, you clearly haven't gotten sucked into the addictive Harvest Moon homage that is Stardew Valley, which has sold millions of copies in its six years on PC and most console families. (There's also a board game version.) Like that game, Barone suggests that HC will be an entirely self-made project (programming, art, music, and more), with outside help only coming once the game is finalized and needs help with language translations and ports to other platforms. (As of press time, Barone is only committing to a launch on PC, with other platform announcements to come later.)

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Roku tells customers it is unable to strike a deal with YouTube

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Well, that's gross on Google's part, even as compared to Roku's "Customer buys the hardware, Customer watches the screen full of ads, Services pay ~~bribes~~ to be supported/listed/promoted" triple dip behavior. At least it's YouTubeTV not YouTube. This is why (IMO) the general purpose computer behind the TV is a superior solution, the "appliances that interface with services" model is primarily a thing to support abusive rentseeking.
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