Farm with a friend in Stardew Valley’s upcoming multiplayer mode

Matt Sayer 2 August 2017 NEWS


Plant buds with your buds.

What's better than tending crops on your very own farm? Why, doing it with your best pals, of course! It's no wonder, then, that Stardew Valley fans have been clamouring for a multiplayer mode ever since the smash-hit farming RPG launched back in February 2016. As of today, the wishes of those fans have been answered: developer Chucklefish has confirmed that co-operative farming will be coming to Stardew Valley early next year.

In an official blog post on the Stardew Valley website, Chucklefish laid out how the multiplayer mode will work. At the beginning of the game, you'll have the chance to build up to three cabins on your farm, with each serving as a home for a farmhand played by one of your friends. Those farmhands will have all the same capabilities as you do, from farming and fighting to marrying NPCs and purchasing new tools for your farm. There will be some decisions only you can make, however, such as when to sleep and how to proceed in certain plot-critical situations.

Another exciting feature Chucklefish is promising is player-to-player marriage. The developer hasn't settled on how exactly it will work yet, but it won't use the same mermaid pendant system NPC marriage currently does. It will require a similar amount of effort, however.

Right now, the tricky task of getting multiple instances of Stardew Valley to play nicely together over the Internet is just about complete, and Chuckefish is moving on to implementing the actual gameplay systems. The developer is planning a beta test on PC by the end of the year, with the full multiplayer mode releasing in early 2018 for PC, Mac and Linux players.

Console players will be able to crop in co-op soon after the PC release, with a patch hitting Nintendo Switch first, followed by PlayStation 4 and Xbox One shortly after.

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