Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone
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Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone, the developer responsible for indie mega-hit Stardew Valley, is teasing some minor additions to the now-venerable game. Fans reacted accordingly (despite it being almost three years since the game was last updated), swarming out of the woodwork and proving that once the 'Valley gets its hooks into you, it's a hell of a habit to kick.

On Twitter, Barone stirred up a small frenzy by casually advertising that, in addition to more dialogue, items, and a festival, there would also be secrets and, most provocative of all, "???", setting our imagination aflame.

Barone took a break from developing Stardew Valley's eagerly-anticipated successor, Haunted Chocolatier, in order to work on the formers 1.6 update. No word on when the update actually drops, but you'll likely hear the ecstatic screaming of many millions of players in unison whenever it does.

Do you still return to Stardew Valley every once in a while, just to root out the weeds and assuage the guilt of pets abandoned to a static, silent world? Let us know in the comments section below.