Stardew Valley patch 1.5 was released today on PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), adding local co-op multiplayer, a new Beach Farm, new advanced game options, and an entirely new region.
Indie farming sim Stardew Valley was one of our favorite games of 2016. In the years since its release, one-man developer ConcernedApe has released several big patches, adding lots of new content, including online multiplayer. Patch 1.5 represents the biggest single update since launch.
This late after release, it makes sense that much of the new content is aimed at veterans. The new Beach farm is a more challenging farm that provides good fishing and foraging – including the chance for rare supply crates. On the other hand, the sandy beach prevents the use of the all-important sprinklers from watering your crops.
New advanced options can be selected when starting a new game. These features include randomizing the Community Center bundles and adding in new ones, as well as featuring new rewards. There’s also an option to randomize loot chest rewards in the mine, adding a large amount of replayability to the game.
Patch 1.5 also adds local multiplayer via split-screen. You’ll need to add other players by building additional cabins, or selecting multiple cabins when starting a new game. Each local player will need their own controller, otherwise local multiplayer works the same as online multiplayer.
Other new additions include new goals, items, people, furniture, secrets, fish tanks, events, and music tracks. A full changelog is available, though it contains spoilers.
Stardew Valley is available on PC, mobile, and consoles, though the patch is currently only available on PC. It’s currently on sale on Steam for $9.99 (33% off) until January 5.