The incredibly addictive country life simulator Stardew Valley has officially hit 15 million sales, with developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone announcing he is shifting focus to an unannounced project.
The game's press page showcases the new milestone, having previously hit 10 million sales in early 2020. These kinds of numbers aren't an easy feat for any game, let alone one that has seen a large part of its development handled. by a single person. While there is no sales data on individual platforms, last year's milestone predicted that about half of all copies sold were on PC.
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It is a much deserved milestone. Barone has released several significant free updates since the game's launch in 2016, with the latest 1.5 update bringing tons of quality of life and endgame features. Turns out it's also a fantastic game, so much so that even Barone spent a ton of his free time playing it during last year's lockdowns caused by the pandemic.
While Stardew Valley is going from strength to strength, it looks like Barone is ready to start moving into other projects. During the game's first esports tournament this month (yes, you read that correctly), he told co-host UnsurpassableZ during a Q&A session, “I'm not saying there will be another Stardew Valley update. I don't even know at this point. At the moment, I'm focused on my next game, so we'll see."
Barone mentioned that he might "announce it soon", saying "what it is... no one knows at this point. What I will say is that it is another pixel art game, a top-down perspective similar to Stardew Valley. In some ways, it's kind of like Stardew Valley, but it's not a farming game. It's something different.”