Some big indie developer news today as Stardew Valley's developer ConcernedApe (Eric Barone) announces he will start to self-publish games. Barone posted the news today letting people know that starting on December 14th, he would start off on a new venture of releasing his games on his own and that there were some cool announcements on the way.
When I first released Stardew Valley, I was a complete novice to the video game industry. Chucklefish, as my publisher, oversaw the distribution, console ports and translations of the game. They set up the official wiki and helped me redesign the website, to great effect. And of course,Tom Coxon did amazing work adding network code to the game, making multiplayer a reality.
But I'm at a point now where I'm ready to move forward on my own. I think self-publishing is the end-goal of most indie developers, and I'm happy to be in a place where that's possible!
Expect some more announcements concerning the future of Stardew Valley soon… stay tuned!
Chucklefish, the publisher of Stardew Valley, added this to his news post, wishing him well on the venture and assuring fans they would continue to publish and support the game. We look forward to seeing what he has to offer in the months to come.
We are proud to be part of the Stardew Valley story and wish ConcernedApe every success with his new self-publishing venture. We will carry on working closely together and are particularly excited to be continuing to publish the versions of Stardew Valley for Nintendo Switch and Mobile, including the upcoming Switch Multiplayer update (in submission now) and new Android version which we know many of you are looking forward to! – Chucklefish