As legend has it, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone created Stardew Valley from scratch over several years, having no prior development experience before the game’s release. Now, Stardew Valley is a major multiplatform hit, having just landed on the Nintendo Switch earlier this month. And in an AMA hosted by Barone on Reddit’s r/Nintendo, the game’s creator opened up about a potential sequel to Stardew Valley.
Barone began fielding questions on Monday about the game’s development, including his personal favorite season and his preferred NPCs. He also addressed creating Stardew Valley 2, after fans asked him about a potential sequel or expansion. In short, a sequel is under consideration, but he hasn’t made any plans yet on creating one.
“I would consider making a Stardew Valley 2 eventually… but not for a bit,” Barone said in a Reddit comment.
“You can certainly expect more games from me, but I haven’t made any plans yet as to whether there will be a Stardew Valley sequel or more content,” Barone said in another post.
In the meantime, Barone is working on a new game that takes place on the same planet as Stardew Valley. It looks like this new title will stay in the same universe, too. After one fan asked about Stardew Valley’s lore outside of Pelican Town, Barone said his next game, “will expand on it some more.” His upcoming title isn’t a sequel or expansion to Stardew Valley, however, so expect the game to play very differently.
That said, it’s safe to say Barone’s next project will hold onto that same wholesome tone that Stardew Valley is known for among fans. As Barone told fans during his AMA, he prefers games that take on a light-hearted approach over dark or gritty atmospheres. It’s the innocent charm that makes those games so fun, even if he didn’t originally intend Stardew Valley to feel so wholesome in the first place.
“I think there ought to be more games that take a magical, pure, idealistic, even cartoony or innocent, approach… rather than being dark, realistic, and gritty,” Barone said.
No other details about Barone’s new game are available, however. Like Stardew Valley’s development, Barone prefers to keep hype to a minimum, instead focusing on game development over marketing. He did admit that his new game will “take a style of game that was never fully realized” and build it up from there, but as to what genre or game he has in mind, no one knows.
“I have plans for my next game, but I don’t want to reveal anything for a while… creating hype too far in advance is a lot of pressure, and ultimately I don’t think it benefits anyone,” Barone said. “I prefer to work in an isolated bubble.”
Stardew Valley is out now for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A PlayStation Vita version is still possible, but Barone admits the Switch release’s bugs are taking priority first.