Stardew Valley publisher Chucklefish has confirmed they are working on a new game called Spellbound that combines elements of Harry Potter and Stardew Valley.
Chucklefish CEO Finn Brice told Red Bull that that Spellbound will be a “wizard-school sim” that is heavily influenced by various fantasy works dealing with schools of magic as well as the works of Studio Ghibli and others. Naturally, those influences include the Harry Potter series, but Brice stated that Spellbound will feature a much more “practical” magic system than the one practiced at Hogwarts.
Gameplay-wise, Spellbound can easily – and somewhat accurately – be described as a school of magic mod for Stardew Valley. Players will be required to work their way through a school of magic and deal with the daily tasks that go along with such an activity. Said tasks include managing crops used for magical potions, battling creatures in an old-school Zelda-like combat system, and socializing with your classmates.
Chucklefish has made it clear that while they will be borrowing heavily from games like Stardew and Harvest Moon, they will also be working to ensure that their game is loaded with surprises that even genre fans won’t see coming. Brice stated that one of the ways they hope to accomplish this is by emphasizing player relationships and many interactions you can have with those around you.
Sadly, there’s no word on when we’ll actually be able to play Spellbound. Whenever it does get released, it will be available for PC, but Chucklefish has already stated that they’re interested in exploring the possibility of a Switch port.
In a previous interview, Chucklefish artist Abi Cooke Hunt expanded on some of the game’s artistic influences.
“Our inspiration for the game world and art comes from a lot of places,” said Hunt. “People have picked up on the influence of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, but some of our biggest inspirations have been things like Studio Ghibli’s rendition of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series and Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books.”
Hunt also noted that “Contrary to popular belief, we were well into development before Little Witch Academia appeared on our radar.” That said, she confirmed that it has obviously inspired the members of the team who consider themselves fans of that series.
Given that the Stardew style of gameplay is pretty airtight and that we’ve never really had a proper Harry Potter video game that lets us live our Hogwarts dreams, we’re incredibly excited to see if Spellbound can live up to the promise of its premise.