There aren't many indie titles as popular and as loved as Stardew Valley – and for good reason, it's rather excellent – but with a brand new game on the way, will its developer Eric 'ConcernedApe' Barone have any time or inclination to provide further updates?
Already an impressive game from the off on Switch, Stardew Valley was last treated to major update almost a year ago, when its long-awaited version 1.5 update dropped in February 2021. It's seen smaller tweaks since then, but with the game now being packed full of features and with Barone's next intriguing project Haunted Chocolatier now in development, it'd be easy to assume that Stardew's evolution has come to an end.
Except, it might not have. In an interview with VGKami, which primarily discusses the current development of Haunted Chocolatier, Barone touches upon Stardew's future, leaving the door tantalisingly open:
"I have no plans either way. I don’t want to make any promises for more updates, and I also don’t want to say definitively that it’s finished. "
"I think the game is in a very good place as it is, so I don’t think it’s necessary to add more to it. But at the same time, there’s always room for improvement."
As for Haunted Chocolatier, the game hasn't yet been confirmed for a release on Switch, although Barone has previously stated that he has "every intention" of bringing it to a range of "major platforms". This FAQ tells us everything we need to know.