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Stardew Valley Gets Multiplayer News, Expected Release Window

01 August 2017

Chucklefish said earlier this year that the multiplayer update to Stardew Valley that everyone's looking forward to would not be out this summer, and sorry to say, I'm not here to deliver any happy surprises-that still holds true.

We might not yet know when multiplayer will officially arrive in Stardew Valley, but when it does you'll be able to play with up to three of your friends online. It turns out 2018 is the target for the Windows, Mac, and Linux 1.3 update.

Stardew Valley, the popular farming-sim RPG is getting a multiplayer component added to the game in 2018.

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Another much requested feature is the ability to marry another player in the game, and Chucklefish like this idea to the point that they're reworking the dating system so that it will take a similar amount of effort to woo a player as it would an NPC. Each cabin will be able to house a farmhand that can be controlled by one of your friends.

Farmhands can do nearly anything the main player can do. Each player will also have their own inventory, with the items in this inventory stored in a chest in their cabin when they are offline. The main player is the one who determines when a day ends via sleeping, when festivals begin, and whether that game will side with the community center or Joja Mart.

"We now expect to be able to start a beta test at the end of the year for Steam users to help us test the game", Chucklefish said of the update.

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You won't need to set up a server to run multiplayer. Friends can be invited through Steam, with non-Steam versions' mechanisms still being determined.

The work so far has been focused on the "biggest technical hurdle" of synchronizing multiple games over the internet, and it has apparently been a huge job: Chucklefish said that 15,000 lines of code have been rewritten, and nearly every source file has been impacted. There's no plan to support local multiplayer, split-screen, or PVP, Chucklefish says.

Consoles will get the patch too, starting with Nintendo Switch.

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Stardew Valley Gets Multiplayer News, Expected Release Window