Hello everyone, it’s me Kristi! When Steam Greenlight first launched, I voted up games that peeked my interest. When I saw Stardew Valley, I was so exicited. Finally, a Harvest Moon like game on PC! So in the wee hours of the morning, I emailed the creator Eric Barone to see if I can interview him. He said yes so, let’s get started with the interview! 🙂
Question 1: To make the readers more familar with yourself, who are you?
My name is Eric but on the internet I usually go by ConcernedApe. I’m 24 years old. I grew up playing the SNES classics like Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Earthbound, and of course, Harvest Moon. I also have fond memories of old PC games like King’s Quest and Hero’s Quest. When I was in high school I was mainly interested in making music and art. I played guitar in a couple of embarrassing bands and spent a lot of time making my own electronic music. I didn’t know it at the time, but I think those experiences are what really set me down the path to making my own video games.
Question 2: What is Stardew Valley exactly?
Stardew Valley is a “Country Life Simulator” with a lot of RPG elements. I like to say “Country Life” because I want to emphasize that the game is not only about farming but about a lot of other things too. If I ever achieve my grand vision for the game, farming will be just one of several different “professions” you could choose, and each one would be complex enough to be a whole game in itself. The overarching plot, though, is that you are living near a country town and making a new life for yourself while getting to know the locals.
Question 3: What program are you using to make the game?
Stardew Valley is written in C#, using the XNA framework. The graphics were made in Photoshop and Paint.NET, and the music/SFX with Propellerhead Reason.
Question 4: How much do you think the game will be once it’s released?
Probably around $10.
Question 5: Since the game is based off Harvest Moon, which was your favorite one?
Back to Nature, for Playstation. 😀 I even roleplayed as Basil on a Harvest Moon Minecraft server, lol. I also just want to say that while Stardew Valley is heavily influenced by Harvest Moon, my main goal is to add new and original features to the genre, eventually extending it well beyond a sole farming emphasis.