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Stardew Valley publisher teases its 'magic school' RPG with a new image

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Chucklefish, the developer behind Starbound and publisher of Stardew Valley, is taking some inspiration from the latter for one of its next games. Aside from the Advance Wars-inspired game it's working on, the publisher-studio told us in January (opens in new tab) that it's creating "an RPG/Sim set in a magic school, something like Stardew Valley meets Harry Potter."

Today, Chuckefish CEO Finn Brice tweeted a peek at the game (opens in new tab), stating that they've "learned a lot of lessons from working with Stardew."

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It isn't a lot to go on, but based on the quaint cafe and witch hat sporting kids on the left of the image, it looks like a pixel art rendition of Little Witch Academia (opens in new tab). If that's at all an accurate description of what Chucklefish is up to, I'm absolutely here for it. The 'art style demonstration' video (opens in new tab) from October of last year also looks promising.

Chucklefish is currently working with Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone on adding multiplayer to Stardew, and beta testing for that should begin at the end of the year, according to a recent update (opens in new tab). There's been no mention of Barone being involved with any Chucklefish-developed games, so for now we'll assume this magic RPG is simply taking inspiration from Stardew Valley, which of course took its inspiration from Harvest Moon. Around and around we go.

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.