In 2019, the Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has announced that he will self-publish in the future after game publisher Chucklefish was accused of exploiting contributor workers during its development of Starbound.
Now, in a new Chucklefish blog update, it looks like Stardew is entirely under the control of Eric Barone – the publisher announcing that he had ceded responsibility for Stardew mobile, which was the “final platform” for which the company acted as publisher.
“We initially entered into our agreement with Eric for a two-year term – with a plan to transition tasks and publishing responsibilities after release. Today we transferred responsibility for Stardew mobile, which was the last platform for which we act as a publisher – now ConcernedApe is set to self-publish on all platforms!”
He also took the opportunity to thank ConcernedApe for “trusting” the team to help make the Stardew Valley experience what it is today.
“We loved and still love every minute of the experience. Our small team worked hard and we are very proud of our joint achievements with ConcernedApe: new languages, wiki development, multiplayer, console releases, physical and merchandise releases, mobile… We wish the ConcernedApe team the very best, and as fans ourselves, we look forward to your next project!”
ConcernedApe mentioned earlier this year that there are currently “no plans” for more Stardew Valley updates, but wouldn’t necessarily rule them out. At the moment he is concentrating on his next project – the haunted chocolatierwhich will obviously be self-published.
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