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Stardew Valley Creator Teases Multiplayer Update “in About a Month”

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Stardew Valley solo indie developer, Eric Barone, dropped a quick update via twitter on the highly anticipated multiplayer update. It looks like the free multiplayer patch should be arriving next month on PC.

The most recent news on Update 1.3 was posted back in mid February. Multiplayer has been in internal beta for most of this year. Barone has partnered with indie publisher Chucklefish to help add online multiplayer functionality to a game that was originally designed for single player.

It’s unclear whether the tweet references the previously mentioned beta or an official patch release.

Multiplayer will allow for up to four players to build a single farm together. One player will act as the primary host, who decides when to trigger events and when to sleep for the evening. Joining players can build cabins for themselves. Note that the game will no support local or split-screen multiplayer, though you will be able to connect via LAN, and online.

Chucklefish and Barone have previously announced that the multiplayer update will come first to PC, then to Switch, then finally to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Stardew Valley was one of Pixelkin’s Games of the Year in 2016. Its charming, pixelated art hearkens back to classic gaming era of the 90s. Its low-res appearance belies an incredibly deep, lengthy experience with lots of intricate gameplay features, like real-word seasons, multiple NPCs to date, a full developed town, a huge amount of farming and livestock options, and a gigantic dungeon to explore.

Stardew Valley originally launched on PC in 2016 and became one of the best-selling titles on Steam. It arrived on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later that same year. It released on Nintendo Switch last fall, along with the announcement that the Switch would be the first console to receive the multiplayer update.

Stardew Valley has been rated E for Everyone.

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The Runaways Join the Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Roster

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The latest character DLC for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 adds the Runaways. The character and level pack adds the characters and a new level from Brian K. Vaughn’s beloved young adult Marvel series. It’s available now for $2.99, or as part of the Season Pass ($14.99).

The Runaways Character and Level Pack adds seven new playable characters from the comic series: Nico, Chase, Alex, Karolina, Molly, Gertrude and her pet Velociraptor Old Lace. The Runaways are a group of burgeoning super-powered teens who find out their parents have formed an evil cult called The Pride. It’s a fantastic series that was recently adapted into a TV series on Hulu.

The new level represents the climactic finale and showdown of the original series, at the undersea Marine Vivarium.

The Season Pass includes all past and future DLC. Thus far it includes three character and level packs: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Black Panther, and Cloak & Dagger, as well as three smaller character packs: Champions, Out of Time, Agents of Atlas.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 launched last fall as the long awaited sequel to 2013 Lego Marvel Super Heroes. It features an all-new story that pits a huge roster of Marvel heroes against the time-traveling shenanigans of Kang the Conqueror. It’s a great LEGO game, though sadly, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s completely devoid of X-Men.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is rated E for Everyone. It’s available for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch.

Nintendo PAX East Lineup Includes Dark Souls, Donkey Kong

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Nintendo will be present at next week’s PAX East gaming convention in Boston, MA. The publisher is bringing many upcoming games for Nintendo Switch, some of which will be playable by the public for the first time. PAX East 2018 takes place April 5-8.

Games at the PAX East Nintendo booth include first party titles like Donkey Kong Country, third party games like Dark Souls: Remastered, and several indie games, which Nintendo insists on referring to as ‘Nindies.’

“We love being able to get fun games from Nintendo and our partners into the hands of some of our biggest fans,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “PAX East gives us the opportunity to showcase some of the best new and upcoming games for Nintendo Switch.”

Here is the full lineup of Switch games at PAX East:

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido
  • Dark Souls: Remastered
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy
  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Indie games:

  • Just Shapes & Beats
  • Dead Cells
  • The Messenger
  • Lumines Remastered
  • Runner3
  • West of Loathing
  • Pool Panic
  • Pode
  • Garage
  • Next Up Hero

Many of the indie games were featured in the recent Nindies Showcase that was streamed earlier this month.

Attendees can also compete in casual four v four Splatoon 2 matches, mini-game challenges in Super Mario Odyssey, and speed runs in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. The Nintendo booth will also utilize a Fast Pass system using a My Nintendo QR code at the booth. Visitors can scan the code to select a specific game and time to jump ahead in line.

PAX East 2018 takes place next weekend, April 5-8, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.