“Please don’t get too hyped at this stage.”
Stardew Valley’s creator and sole developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has detailed two new projects he currently has in the pipeline.
Writing on Twitter, Barone described one as a non-farming game set in the world of Stardew Valley, while the other will “tie into Stardew Valley in some way”.
Both will be single-player, top-down 2D games with pixel art styles, Barone continued in a follow-up email to IGN. The former game, he said, will have “twice the ‘detail’ of Stardew Valley”.
“In general, I’ve been approaching this game with the goal to surpass the quality of every aspect compared to Stardew Valley,” he wrote, “art, music, sound, narratives, etc… and I think I have been achieving that so far.
“I just have to put in the 1000’s more hours of work necessary to finish it.”
The second project, meanwhile, is “hopefully smaller in scope so it won’t take that long (but we’ll see…)”.
Back on Twitter, Barone cautioned that he was “not setting out to make the next indie smash hit” with either new idea – rather, he was focused on projects he enjoyed creating. “All I ask is please don’t get too hyped at this stage,” he concluded.