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Stardew Valley fans have two new reasons to get hyped

Stardew Valley isn't getting additional updates anytime soon. The game is just about as complete as it can be after the "Everything Update" that developer Eric Barone released late last year. The massive patch made the end-game go a little bit further, but Barone wants to take things to the next level; not for Stardew Valley, per se, but for two entirely new games set in the Stardew Valley universe.

In answer to a fan on Twitter, Barone confirmed that he's working on not one, but two new projects. The tweet reads, "One takes place in the world of Stardew Valley, but is not a farming game. The other, I'm not 100% sure about the world yet, but it will tie into Stardew Valley in some way."

Thankful fans are already speculating what these new adventures might be. Stardew Valley is a farming simulator, but that's not all there is to it: players can charm townsfolk, thwart monsters in the mines, and please the local deities. Maybe Barone could make a shop simulator, where players sell their wares, or a more intense experience like a roguelike mining adventure. It's not clear what Barone is working on, but it's obvious that everyone is excited for whatever the Stardew Valley creator makes next.

But maybe we shouldn't get too hyped up, as Barone himself has warned.

ConcernedApe wants us to temper our expectations

Barone, who goes by the handle ConcernedApe, is concerned that we might be building up expectations too soon. These projects are in their infancy, after all. He says that he doesn't want us to get too hyped up right now, saying, "I'd like to just make whatever game comes naturally to me without too much pressure or expectation."

But that's not the way the games industry works. The moment we heard a peep from Barone, we were already excited. Stardew Valley was a crazy, out-of-nowhere success. It's the game that put him on the map.

Barone isn't looking to replicate that, however.

"I'm not setting out to make the next indie smash hit, I just want to make another game that I enjoy and am happy with. And to share some of my art [and] ideas with the world." he said on Twitter, "If it becomes popular, I will be happy, but it's not my focus."

These games are likely a long, long ways off, regardless. We can't help but be excited, but in the end they will be about what Barone wants rather than what fans want. We'll keep you updated on these secret Stardew projects here.