Stardew Valley is an exceptionally endearing gaming success story. It was designed by just one person and came out in 2016. It offered players the chance to repair and build a broken down farm from scratch.
While this might sound a bit mild compared to saving the world from aliens or whatever, the reality was that it was simply brilliant. Many gamers loved the game. It gave them a chance to unwind from their stressful lives and live the simple life, albeit virtually.
So for the next two years, gamers fell in love with the simple, beautiful, and peaceful engagement Stardew Valley offered. They talked to non-player characters (NPCs), they mined for resources in caves, they grew crops on their farm, they cut down trees for wood, and so on and so forth.
For a game made by just one person, the game had an incredible amount of technical finesse, which only got more fine-tuned based on community feedback. The developer, Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone clearly had a lot of love for his project and the fans returned that love by making it a best-selling game. By the end of 2017, this simple game had sold more than 3.5 million copies across all platforms.
And now, this beloved game is getting a multiplayer mode!
No longer will you tend to your own farm by yourself and wonder why the in-game days are so short! You can pair up with your buddy and complete much more tasks than either one of you could, alone. You can build more, explore more, trade more, and socialize more, all time having a friend who would watch your back through it all.
The game allows for 4 player co-op so a maximum of 3 other friends can join you and make the farm of your collective dreams! Each player can play on their own console or PC, meaning they can wander off and do whatever they feel like as well. You just need to build a cabin for your friend to invite them into your game, or you can start off with a new farm, which has cabins already built in.
You both share farm space, gold, and the time in-game. In fact, a day won’t end until both players ‘go to bed’ in the game. However, you do not share inventory, skill levels, or relationships with NPCs. This means that you can still very much play your own game and have all the freedom of the base game while enjoying the fact that you have a friend out there, working towards the same goal as you.
After enjoying two years of love and respect from gamers across all platforms, Stardew Valley’s new multiplayer system looks to bring it back into our collective consciousness. Though there are a few bugs to work out, and most players will need to readjust their playstyle a bit to account for the extra player running around, the overall reception has been very positive. Most players are just happy to have any excuse to return back to the game, but with a fresh perspective this time.
Stardew Valley is currently available on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, XBox One, the Nintendo Switch, and PS Vita. So if you’ve never tried it, now might be the perfect time to make that relaxing and wholesome trip to Stardew Valley and build that farm of your dreams.
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