…It’s for PC, Linux, and Mac only, with not even a sniff of a release date mentioned for the Xbox One, PS4, or Switch versions.
Stardew Valley is the kind of game that screams out for a co-operative mode, so we’ve all been throwing impatient micro-tantrums ever since it was announced. That wait is finally over, as publisher Chucklefish has announced that it will be heading out of beta at last, and into your homes on 1 August. Well, assuming you’re working your hoe on PC, Linux, or Mac. There’s a lovely trailer to go along with the release date announcement, and if seeing four farmers riding their horsies around the valley like something out of a pixelated Blazing Saddles doesn’t warm your heart, you ain’t got one, pal.
Just to recap what multiplayer Stardew Valley will mean, lets have a quick look at the patch notes from back when multiplayer was added to the beta:
4 Player Farming – Invite 1-3 players to join you as ‘farmhands’ via Steam and/or LAN, either starting from a new game, or diving in from your latest single player save
Work Together – Each player lives in their own cabin on the host farm as you work together to achieve common goals such as farming, mining, fighting, fishing, foraging and festival participation
Scalable Difficulty – As more hands are better than one, players will be able to scale profit margin of produce sold to change the difficulty level of a multiplayer farm
Multiplayer Marriage – Farmhands can choose to woo Pelican Town’s NPCs, or craft a wedding ring to propose to a fellow Player. You can also divorce or ban farmhands by demolishing their cabins
Chat box & Custom Emojis – Communicate using the new chat box feature with coloured text and nearly 200 custom Stardew Valley emojis
Console gamers get a “coming soon” and not much else. That’s cold, Chucklefish. Ice cold.