The tweet which tweaked my Twitter more than any other today came from Eric Barone, better known as ConcernedApe, the man behind the sublime Stardew Valley. And all it was was a single screenshot of a pixelated farm. With multiple farmers. That’s right, kids… Stardew Valley multiplayer. How do ya like them apples?
Testing multiplayer… it's coming along great! @tccoxon is doing fantastic work. I'm really excited, this is already really fun and it's only going to get better before release. Check out my log cabin pic.twitter.com/f4YlHL3fCx
— ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) November 8, 2017
It’s already possible to play co-op via a crude backyard mod on PC, but this is the real deal, and it’s coming to consoles too.
“Farmhands can do almost anything the main player can do,” says the official Stardew Valley site. “They can farm, mine, fight, fish, forage, marry NPCs and take part in festivals. Each player has their own inventory. When a farmhand is not connected, their inventory can be managed through a chest in their cabin.”
Chucklefish’s Tom Coxon is the man putting in the hours to make this happen, but there’s still no word of a solid release date. “Sometime in 2018” is probably the closest guess we’re going to get. The fact that Barone is tweeting about it publicly is at least a hint that we can expect it sooner rather than later.