Eric Barone Says ‘I Can’t Believe’ Stardew Valley Sold 20 Million Copies

Stardew Valley it’s been gone for six years and somehow it’s still growing. A recent update to Stardew Valley press site indicates that the game has sold over 20 million copies across all platforms, including 13 million on PC alone.

“The 20 million-copy milestone is truly incredible,” Eric Barone, creator of Stardew Valley, said in an email to PC Gamer. “I can’t believe the game has reached this level.”

One of the most interesting things about the new milestone is the way Stardew Valley’s sales pace seems to be picking up despite its age. sold more than a million copies just a few months after release and then hit the 10 million marks four years later in January 2020. In September 2021 the number is gone 15 millionand now, just eight months later, we’re at 20 million.

Barone confirmed that this is indeed what is happening: Stardew Valley is selling better than ever.

“Stardew Valley’s average daily sales are higher today than ever before,” he wrote. “I don’t know exactly why this happens. My hope is that the game will continue to spread by word of mouth, and the more people are playing, the more people will share the game with their friends. Regardless, I’m really happy that Stardew Valley is still so popular.”

But it turns out that getting 15 to 20 million copies sold isn’t as big a leap as it sounds. “Part of the apparent jump in sales counts was actually due to me doing a more accurate count this time,” Barone explained. “The old figure of 15 million was a sub-account because I didn’t have complete information and I wanted to err on the side of being too low. With the full switch to self-publishing this year, I was able to make a more complete sale count.”

Barone revealed in early 2020 that he was working on two new games and formally revealed one of them, Haunted Chocolatierin October 2021. He has continued working on Stardew Valley and said his continued popularity means he will likely continue, but Haunted Chocolatier remains his priority.

“Ultimately, I have to follow my heart or the quality of the content will suffer,” wrote Barone. “Right now, I’m in the mood to work on Haunted Chocolatier, so that will be my priority. If I need a break from Haunted Chocolatier, or have some ideas for Stardew Valley that I like, then I can shift gears for a while.

“But I don’t have rigid plans. If I’m productive every day and go my own way, I feel good… and I think that will translate to a better end result for everyone.”

Haunted Chocolatier currently doesn’t even have a hint of a release date – as we noted when it was announced, Barone was very cautious with details leading up to Stardew Valley’s release, and we can probably expect the same with his new game.

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