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  • Stardew Valley has officially reached the one year mark. Its success has catapulted one man into the limelight after many years of work but the Harvest Moon inspired game is only the beginning for ConcernedApe.

Stardew Beginnings

Stardew Valley is a farming simulator game which has a dating element not shoved in players faces. It is laid back and fun to play whether on stream or for a simple game after work. The creator, ConcernedApe, posted a recap of the last year with a hint at the future.

After working for about five years on Stardew Valley, ConcernedApe had amazing things to say in his post.

“Considering that I had spent the previous 4-5 years in my own little bubble, working alone, doing essentially the same thing every day.. and now suddenly to be thrust into the limelight… ”

“It is a weird feeling, at first, to have something that once seemed so distant, so impossible… some pipe-dream that you fantasized about in the dead of night… actually come true.”

Often times people forget about the amount of work that is required to make a game successful. ConcernedApe’s perseverance and ability to learn from mistakes shows how much passion indie developers have for their game. After the success of his first project, he’s excited to move forward in the industry.

The History

Before it was renamed to be Stardew Valley, it was called “Sprout Valley”, a budding flower reaching for the sky… The graphics were not as polished as the final copy, but no work begins perfectly. ConcernedApe spent four years redoing the artwork, soundtrack, and added more NPC’s. The small map did not have the Community Center or JojoMart. The original design included procedurally generated, fully destructible mines, but he later canned the idea.

ConcernedApe provided fans screenshots of the old version of the game in his post.

Looking Forward

“I’m excited about the future. I have many ideas, and I want to keep making games for a long time to come.”

Happy one-year anniversary to Stardew Valley! Take a look at this tweet posted by Nintendo regarding Stardew Valley.

Thank your indie developers and hop on Twitter to show your support for ConcernedApe!

Until next time.

 

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