Developer ConcernedApe - aka solo dev extraordinaire Eric Barone - has announced that his hugely popular farm 'em up Stardew Valley is getting a Multiplayer Update for its Nintendo Switch version on 12 December. And yes, that is tomorrow. Your advent calendar isn't lying to you.
The patch lets you invite between one and three friends to join you in the valley - which is to say, it supports up to four-player online co-op. Because who likes farming alone? Not me.
"You either start from scratch, or dive in from an existing single-player save," a blog post explains. "Each player will have their own Cabin on the farm, and you'll be able to work together to achieve common goals such as farming, mining, fishing, foraging and festival participation!"
'Stardew Valley' goes multiplayer on Nintendo Switch. Credit: ConcernedApe
The chosen Stardew Valley game world, including its storyline and money pool, will be shared between invited players. But each player also has private inventories, skills, achievements, collections, individual relationships, quests, and crafting/cooking recipes.
And because there's more than one of you, it may be beneficial to increase the difficulty level of your collective farm (by scaling the profit margins), to earn sweeter rewards.
But that's not all. You can choose to woo a fellow player, and craft a wedding ring to propose to them with. If the other player accepts the proposal, the couple's status will change to engaged.
The Nintendo Switch and its Online subscription service (assuming you have it, otherwise this whole mode is effectively redundant for you) will allow you to communicate with other players using Switch online voice chat, or Stardew's new chat box. It has around 200 custom Stardew Valley emojis, obviously.
For those who love a good get-together, you can also play Stardew locally. Two to four Switch consoles can connect without requiring a Nintendo Switch Online membership.
Update 1.3 also brings a number of single-player additions. They already made their way to PC a while ago, but for Switch players, here's a brief description of what to expect:
- For three days in winter you'll be able to attend a travelling festival called the Night Market, which will visit Pelican Town. Here farmers can come and go as they please to purchase unique items, enjoy live entertainment and more!
- There are now new character events to encounter, including some secret events triggered by certain conditions... Some of these even grant you permanent bonuses.
- In winter, farmers may encounter a strange event which activates a new 'secret' type of collection, leading to a new adventure and greater knowledge...
- Your horse can now wear hats and Signs are now craftable items, available to you from the beginning of the game.
What do you think about this news? Do you play Stardew Valley? How does the update sound? Who will you be playing with? Let us know.
Featured Image Credit: ConcernedApe