June 24, 2024

Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has shared an replace on the farm-life sim’s extremely anticipated – and long-in-the-works – 1.6 replace, saying he is now “performed including main new content material” and that it will “undoubtedly” be out this 12 months.

Barone revealed he was engaged on a 1.6 replace for Stardew Valley again in June 2022, warning it could be comparatively modest in scope and ‘largely modding-focused’.

With every new exhibiting, nonetheless, 1.6 has seemingly grown extra formidable; by September final 12 months, Barone confirmed it could embody one main new competition and two new mini festivals, new objects and crafting recipes, new dialogue strains, a brand new farm kind, new late-game content material, winter outfits for villagers, a brand new bigger chest, 8-player co-op on PC, and extra – that “and extra” encompassing maybe 1.6’s most vital addition: hats for cats and canine.

Cover image for YouTube videoConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier — Early Gameplay

Barone is presently “taking a break” from his subsequent sport, Haunted Chocolatier, to complete 1.6.

In December, Barone revealed he’d made a “ton of progress” and was in “(self-imposed) excessive crunch mode” to wrap up work on 1.6. And now, in a brand new replace on social media, he is confirmed he is formally “performed including main new content material” and that his focus shall be on “bug-fixing and sprucing” till it is prepared for launch. “Thx on your endurance,” he added. “It’s going to be enjoyable to see everybody play it!”.

By Barone’s personal admission, 1.6 has “ended up being a bit bigger in scope than initially deliberate”, however the end line is now in sight. Responding to a fan question asking if the replace will arrive this 12 months, he wrote, “Sure completely”.

Stardew Valley’s earlier main content material replace, model 1.5, launched all the best way again in February 2021. After that, it appeared Barone was prepared to maneuver on; in October that very same 12 months he introduced his subsequent undertaking, Haunted Chocolatier – a form of darker, extra fantastical twist on the Stardew Valley system, that includes “magical haunted ghost chocolate” amongst different issues. Nonetheless, Barone revealed he was “taking a break” from Haunted Chocolatier final April to deal with Stardew Valley’s 1.6 replace, so presumably work will resume as soon as that is lastly out the best way.