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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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Chrono Trigger Patch Adds Original Graphics Option

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Having one of the most beloved games of all time on Steam should have been cause for celebration. Yet Chrono Trigger’s arrival last February was met with scorn when fans found it was mostly a port of the mobile version, with made-for-touchscreen menus and updated graphics.

To Square Enix’s credit they have listened to fan feedback with the first patch, available now. The patch adds an option to switch between an Original Graphics mode which, according to the announcement, “is more in-line with the original style of Chrono Trigger.”

The patch also updates the fonts and dialogue windows and reworks the opening animations, all to make the game feel more like the original 1995 SNES version. Or at the very least, the lauded 2008 Nintendo DS port.

Future updates will add additional changes and updates to the UI and menus, including optimizing for gamepad, keyboard, and mouse controls.

Square Enix is also extending the duration that fans can purchase the Limited Edition of Chrono Trigger. The Limited Edition includes some PC wallpapers, a five-song medley track, and composer Yasunori Mitsuda’s digital liner notes. The Limited Edition is now available until April 30.

Chrono Trigger originally launched in 1995 from a dream team of Japanese RPG game designers, and has remained one of the most cherished and influential RPGs in gaming. It’s currently available on mobile and PC, and was conspicuously absent from the Super Nintendo Classic Edition last fall. It’s rated T for Teen.

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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.

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Survive With a Buddy in New Duo Mode for Darwin Project

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Indie Canadian developer Scavengers Studio has officially added two player co-op to their Battle Royale survival game, Darwin Project. Darwin Project is still in Early Access on Steam and Xbox Games Preview. Duo Mode has been added to PC, but still forthcoming on Xbox.

Darwin Project has seen a number of updates since its Early Access launch last month. Most recently is skill-based matchmaking, which should hopefully make for higher quality matches and not pit newbies against veterans.

“Players just starting out in the arena should still have a fighting chance, especially on Steam where some inmates have been practicing since the Closed Alpha days and have reached brutal levels of skill,” writes Simon Darveau, creative director, in a blog post. “It’s important for us that Darwin Project be as welcoming as possible, and to motivate new players to continue improving and refining their techniques, we want to avoid placing them in the same match as highly experienced players when possible.”

The update is live on both PC and Xbox, and Scavengers Studio explains it’s an algorithm system that will improve over time.

The special egg hunt Easter event is also going on this week, ending Friday, April 6. Players can find decorated eggs scattered around the arena. Collect enough and they can unlock frighteningly garish egg and rabbit-themed hats.

Darwin Project launched in March via Steam Early Access and Xbox Game Preview. It features a 10-person arena, with a Show Director helping or hindering players, and unique live-streaming integration. It’s due to officially launch later this year.