Updated: In 2018, the Stardew Valley creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone announced he would self-publish the game in the future. It followed a year later with the original publisher Chucklefish being accused of exploiting contributing workers during its development of Starbound. Barone addressed this situation in a blog post.
Now, in a new blog post update from Chucklefish, it seems Stardew is entirely in control of Eric Barone - with the publisher announcing it has handed over responsibility for Stardew mobile, which was the "final platform" the company was acting as the publisher for.
"We originally entered into our agreement with Eric for a two-year term – with a plan of transitioning publishing duties and responsibilities after release. Today we handed over responsibility for Stardew mobile, which was the final platform we were acting as publisher for – now ConcernedApe is set up to self-publish for all platforms!"
It also used this opportunity to thank ConcernedApe for "trusting" the team to help grow the Stardew Valley experience into what it is today.
"We loved and still love every minute of the experience. Our small team worked hard and we are so proud of our joint achievements with ConcernedApe: New Languages, Development of the wiki, Multiplayer, Console releases, Physical releases & merchandise, Mobile version... We wish the team at ConcernedApe all the best, and as fans ourselves we’re looking forward to your next project!"
ConcernedApe mentioned earlier this year how there were currently "no plans" for more Stardew Valley updates, but wouldn't necessarily rule them out. Right now, he's focused on his next project - the Haunted Chocolatier, which will obviously be self-published.
- Further reading - Stardew Valley Creator Opts To Self-Publish Game On Switch Amid Chucklefish Allegations
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