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Stardew Valley Multiplayer 1.3 Patch Coming Early 2018

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Since its explosive release last year, Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone and dev partners Chucklefish have been working on two expanded compnonents for the beloved indie farming sim: console releases and multiplayer.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions released last December. With the Nintendo Switch version coming soon, we’ve received an update on the big 1.3 patch that will add online multiplayer. Stardew Valley’s multiplayer patch will arrive in early 2018 on PC, Mac, and Linux. It will then roll out to the console versions, beginning with Nintendo Switch.

Thousands of lines of code have been rewritten to retrofit multiplayer into a single player game. Multiplayer will be designed with a single host in mind, with up to three farmhands (players) that can join the game. You can build up to three cabins on your farm to house your farmhands. Each farmhand has their own inventory and can farm, forage, fight, marry, and join events and festivals.

Only the main player/host can trigger festivals, story decisions, and when to sleep for the night.

Separate servers won’t be necessary to run a multiplayer game. Inviting is done through Steam, with a similar mechanic being explored for console versions.

Local multiplayer/split-screen and PvP are not planned. Aspects of multiplayer are still being worked on and implemented, including menus, farmhand cabins, and NPC relationships. One requested feature the developers want to add with the 1.3 patch is marriage between players.

One-man developer Barone partnered with Chucklefish to help publish the game, port it to consoles, and add multiplayer functionality. Over the last year Stardew Valley received a few patches adding new farm types and broader localization.

Stardew Valley is available on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s due to arrive on Nintendo Switch later this year. Patch 1.3 is coming Early 2018. Steam users can help beta test multiplayer towards the end of this year.

 

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Humble Bundle to Publish Five New Indie Games

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Humble Bundle has carved out a special slice of digital distribution thanks to its close work with charities and frequent pay-what-you-want bundle sales.

Now they’re getting into the publishing game. Their publishing label is called Presented by Humble Bundle, and will focus on multi-platform indie titles. Their first five games will be shown at Gamescom in Germany later this month, and at PAX West in September (Staxel will only be at Gamescom).

“In a relatively short time, Humble Bundle has proven itself as a major player in the highly contested digital retail space, now serving roughly 12 million customers and raising over $98 million for charities,” said John Polson, Humble Bundle publishing lead. “Already astute at helping indies find an audience for their titles through our platform, adding our approachable publishing initiative was a no-brainer. We’re thrilled to bring five Presented by Humble Bundle games to Gamescom and PAX West. Gamers from around the world are in for a treat!”

Four of the games are detailed below, while the fifth will be officially announced shortly.

A Hat in Time

Developer: Gears for Breakfast
Platforms: PC, Mac, XBox One, PlayStation 4
Genre: 3D Platformer
Release Date: Fall 2017

A Hat in Time is designed as a classic 3D platformer with plenty of goodies to collect. Hat Kid travels through five varied worlds, unlocking new hats and new abilities. A Hat in Time benefited from a successful Kickstarter campaign four years ago, where it raised nearly 300k from a little over 9,000 backers. Free DLC that adds more worlds as well as local and online co-op is planned post-launch.

No Truce With the Furies

Developer: ZA/UM
Platforms: PC
Genre: Isometric RPG
Release Date: 2017

No Truce with the Furies is a cRPG with a heavy focus on story-telling rather than hack and slash. You play as a disgraced detective in a unique fantasy/sci-fi world. You’ll have to solve crimes and navigate your own mind to come out the other side.

Staxel

Developer: Plukit
Platforms: PC
Genre: Sandbox, Crafting, Voxel
Release Date: January 2018

Staxel is a Minecraft-like sandbox that draws in gameplay from farming sims like Stardew Valley. Grow your crops, interact with villagers, unlock rewards, and customize your world. And you can do it all online with friends.

Keyboard Sports – Saving QWERTY

Developer: Triband
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Genre: Action-Adventure
Release Date: Early 2018

Keyboard Sports originally appeared in the Humble Monthly Bundle in November 2016. Saving QWERTY is an expanded version of the humorous keyboard-only adventure. Travel through a series of challenging mini-games using only your keyboard as your controller, and your playing field.

 

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Pyre Review: Remember the Nightwings

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4

If you hear about RPGs and Sports games, you may recall the RPG-like campaign stories injected into otherwise traditional sports, such as The Journey mode in FIFA 17, or the new Longshot mode in upcoming Madden NFL 18.

Pyre, beloved indie studio Supergiant games’ third title, does the opposite. Sports-like gameplay is integral to escaping the intriguing fantasy world that you and your diverse band of outcasts are trapped within. The results are an innovative sports-as-combat battlefield that meshes well with Supergiants’ heavy focus on story-telling, art design, and music, though Pyre ultimately falls short of their previous efforts.
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ARK: Survival Evolved Delayed to August 29

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Studio Wildcard announced a three week delay for the launch of ARK: Survival Evolved. The dinosaur survival-crafting multiplayer title will now emerge from Early Access on August 29 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

“The evolution of ARK has taken a 2-year journey through early access, and the full version will demonstrate that the extra time in development was put to good use,” said Doug Kennedy, CEO and Co-Founder Studio Wildcard. “We spent the extra time squashing bugs, improving performance, enhancing the single player experience and delivering the end-game content that will reveal the full story of ARK. We’re excited to finally get it into the hands of survivors everywhere!”

The delay gives extended time to pre-order ARK: Survival Evolved. ARK is available as a base game for $59.99 as well as a $99 Explorer’s Edition and a $159.99 Limited Collector’s Edition.

The base game includes all free DLC released over the last year: The Center, Primitive+, and Ragnarok.

The Explorer’s Edition includes a Season Pass that grants access to all current and future paid DLC. The only paid DLC released so far is Scorched Earth.

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The Limited Collector’s Edition is only found at GameStop. It includes the Explorer’s Edition as well as several physical goodies:

  • Leather-bound notebook, featuring all the dossiers of every in-game creature
  • Official ARK necklace
  • Cloth map of the ARK island
  • Poster of the Studio Wildcard team
  • Official ARK: Survival Evolved soundtrack by the Philharmonia Orchestra

ARK: Survival Evolved has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB. It includes Violence, Blood, Crude Humor, and Use of Alcohol. It will move from Early Access to official launch on August 29 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.