Xbox One gamers will soon be able to experience what PC gamers have been playing this past year in the form of ConcernedApe’s Stardew Valley. Starting December 14th, 2016 the farming and life simulator will be made available on the Xbox One.
The news broke over on the official Xbox News Wire, when Eric Barone, the creator of the game took to the news blog to inform gamers that the adventure, exploration, romance farming sim will make its way to the Xbox soon.
Surprisingly enough, the game managed to secure a ‘T’ for Teen rating due to the use of alcohol and some violence. They released a new Xbox One version of the Stardew Valley trailer to give you a look at what’s to come.
Barone explains in the post that he spent four years developing the game, mostly on his own, trying to rekindle the lost art of a farming RPG that really made you feel like you were experiencing something calm, relaxing, a bit adventurous and exhilarating all at once.
He writes in the news post…
“I spent over four years developing Stardew Valley, inspired by games that I loved as a child such as Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing. Although the idea of a “farming RPG” might have seemed odd at first, the games were very addictive and had a heartwarming charm that stuck with me. With Stardew Valley, my goal was to recreate that special feeling and bring it to modern platforms.”
You can definitely see the Animal Crossing inspiration in the game thanks to the events players can partake in or the relationships they can develop with various people throughout the town, including giving people gifts and finding out more about their own lives.
The dedication and time that Barone put into developing Stardew Valley paid off in a big way, gaining him nearly 2 million sales on Steam alone, according to Steam Spy. With the game making its way onto the Xbox One this December, it’s entirely possible that he could find himself doubling those numbers pretty soon. I can only imagine what sort of response he would get if Stardew Valley ended up on the Nintendo Switch. “Explosive” is the only word that comes to mind when thinking about the potential sales.