Stardew Valley publisher Chucklefish revealed new screenshots for Witchbrook, a wizard school and town life simulator with strong Harry Potter vibes.
By Toby Arguello
Published Apr 03, 2020
Witchbrook, an upcoming game from?Stardew Valley publisher Chucklefish, is reminiscent of the indie darling farming simulator if it were repackaged as a?Harry Potter-like?wizard school. Chucklefish, which also developed games such as?Starbound and the critically-acclaimed tactics game?Wargroove, is an independent UK developer and publisher?that?focuses on pixel-art titles, such as?Risk of Rain, Pathway, and ConcernedApe’s?Stardew Valley.?Stardew Valley, heavily inspired by the?Harvest Moon?series, lets players create a character, start a farm, fight slimes, and befriend or romance the townspeople of Pelican Town. The relaxing gameplay, soothing music, and gorgeous pixel art won over millions of fans across PC, tablets, consoles, and even Tesla vehicles, and was almost entirely developed by one person. Chucklefish handled publishing duties, and it’s by far what they’re most known for, although their morally questionable business practices are rapidly gaining on that title.
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Witchbrook, the third in-house game from Chucklefish following?Starbound?and?Wargroove, was originally announced in 2018. Since then, details about the RPG have been scarce beyond a few screenshots and environments. The?original announcement described the core concept of the gameplay; things like attending class, exploring the school and town, and growing and gathering crops and ingredients for potions and spells. Comparisons were instantly made to?Stardew Valley and the?Harry Potter?series, and excitement brewed. In recent months, however, little to no further details were released until a recent batch of screenshots revealed the progress of the title.
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Via Game Informer, a new batch of screens shows the magical RPG has had a makeover, switching from a style highly?evocative of?Stardew to a more distinct, detailed, isometric style that still retains that charm and pleasant color schemes. Chucklefish describes the game as a?”magical school and town life simulator”; Game Informer speculates?that?”it seems as if the game will focus on spellcasting with an equal focus to figuring out a date to the prom”. No details about platforms and release dates have been released yet.
Witchbrook is not the only game to draw?comparisons to ConcernedApe’s masterpiece, following titles such as?Stranded Sails which took a nautical take on the farming sim formula. ConcernedApe, whose real name is Eric Barone, is even working on two new games, one of which takes place within the?Stardew universe, although he was quick to warn fans not to expect too much.?Witchbrook’s other obvious connection, the cultural behemoth that is?Harry Potter, gained much of its popularity through its enticing combination of a relatable high school experience with the extravagant magic of the Wizarding World; while The Boy Who Lived’s exploits on the video game front have not been as successful as the books or films, leaks and rumors suggest he might be in for a new open-world RPG at some point in the near future.
With the world in its current state of chaos and uncertainty, charming and relaxing video games are especially beloved for the pleasant escapism they provide, and few games are more charming or relaxing than?Stardew Valley, which shares the therapeutic throne with?Animal Crossing?and even surpasses it in some regards. This new look at?Witchbrook,?with its promises of witchy hijinks and gorgeous visuals, gives hope that another magical experience is on the horizon.
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Toby Arguello is a writer based in New York City. He specializes in animation, having worked on Nick Jr. and PBS. He likes watching cartoons, reading pirate books, and playing the harmonica.
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