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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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Farm Sim My Time at Portia Update Adds Livestock

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My Time at Portia is a Stardew Valley-like farming sim, in 3D. It’s currently available via Steam Early Access, and recently saw a major update by Chinese developer Pathea Games and publisher Team17. My Time at Portia is due to launch later this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch.

The new update adds livestock, which I’d think would be a pretty high priority for a farming sim. Players can now raise sheep, chicken ducks, and cows, harvesting eggs and milk and breeding them. Horse riding has also been added, including romantic horse rides with your favorite NPCs.

Note that you can only rent horses right now. The ability to raise and ride your own horse will be added in a future update.

A museum has also been added to Portia, along with a new story mission. Complete the mission to open the museum, and get paid to donate relics.

More new features include a new dungeon in the desert region, stargazing dating mini-game, and two new shops.

A limited demo of My Time at Portia has recently been added to Steam. Unfortunately any progress made in the demo does not carry over should you purchase the full game.

My Time at Portia released on Steam Early Access earlier this year.

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Stardew Valley Arriving on Nintendo Switch October 5

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My personal favorite game of last year is arriving on Nintendo’s new console this week. In a blog post this week, developer ConcernedApe (Eric Barone) announced the Nintendo Switch version of Stardew Valley will launch on Thursday, October 5. Apparently that’s the date of this year’s harvest moon. Stardew Valley is priced at $14.99.

“I’m very happy to see Stardew come to a Nintendo console,” writes Barone. “I grew up on Nintendo, after all! This will not only be the first time Stardew Valley appears on a Nintendo platform, but also the first time Stardew will be on a portable system.”

The Nintendo Switch port was developed by Sickhead Games and published by Chucklefish.

In case you missed one of the biggest indie games of last year, Stardew Valley is a pixelated RPG and farming and life sim. It features seasonal farming, social relationships, dungeon-delving, and time management, all wrapped up in a 16-bit aesthetic.

Fans are still eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated multiplayer update. The most recent news is still from early August, which detailed exactly how online multiplayer will work. The 1.3 patch, which will include online multiplayer, is due to arrive in early 2018 and will come to PC (Windows, Mac, Linux) first. After that the patch will roll out to consoles, beginning with the Nintendo Switch version.

The beta to test multiplayer should begin later this year on Steam.

Stardew Valley for Nintendo Switch launches October 5. It’s been rated E for Everyone, though includes Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood and Language, Gambling, and Alcohol and Tobacco use.

 

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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Coming to PC, Switch, PS4

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The Harvest Moon franchise turns 20 this year. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc. and Rising Star Games have announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. No release date was announced, but Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be playable at E3 2017 in June. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 as well as PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch, making the first time a Harvest Moon game will be playable on PC and Switch.

“Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”

Light of Hope begins as you survive a shipwreck and wash upon the shores of a small harbor town, destroyed from the storm. Your job will be to help rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse by farming, gathering resources, and making friends.

There’s a lot more Harvest Moon content coming this year as part of the 20th anniversary. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland are coming for PS4. Harvest Moon 64 is coming to Wii U. The first Harvest Moon mobile app, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is also arriving this year, and is geared toward younger kids.

Considering how incredibly well indie farm sim Stardew Valley sold last year, this could be the perfect time for Natsume to go all in with Harvest Moon.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be coming to PS4, PC, and Switch.