Stardew Valley‘s long-awaited multiplayer mod finally has a release date.
Starting on August 1, Stardew Valley PC players will be able to participate in the official release of the game’s multiplayer mode. If this sounds a bit familiar, that’s because a Stardew Valley multiplayer beta has been available for a few months now. In fact, Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone has already said that those who have been playing the beta probably won’t see many differences in this final release. Mostly, this official release differs from the beta due to the inclusion of some last-minute technical fixes.
Unfortunately, that means that this multiplayer release will not support split-screen options. Barone went out of his way to mention that, which typically means you shouldn’t expect to see that feature anytime soon.
If none of this sounds familiar, allow us to catch you up on thins just a bit. As you’ve probably figured out, this upcoming update will let you play Stardew Valley with other farmers. While the game’s two-player options are fairly simple, the ability to just grow and tend a farm with someone else is really all that anyone wanted. Granted, it would have been great if that feature had shipped with the game and evolved from there, but we’re sure that the multiplayer mode will be updated from here on out.
Of course, you will need the PC version of the game to download this update when it releases in August. There’s been no mention of whether or not there are any plans to bring this feature to the console versions of the game. Given that split-screen and couch co-op don’t really seem like viable options at this point, we tend to think that multiplayer might remain a PC exclusive for quite some time.
Still, we highly advise you to check this feature out if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to play a great game.
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