Stardew Valley has quickly become the biggest indie darling of 2016, which has been fantastic news for its sole creator Eric Barone. But the Harvest Moon-esque farming RPG has got plenty of major content coming too.
Barone, who has recently enjoyed some time off playing other games like Age of Empires 2 and Factorio, outlined his major post-content plans in a post early this morning. The developer has issued several hotfixes to the game already following exchanges with fans on social media.
But it's now time for some content. For the meantime he'll largely be focusing on patch 1.1, which will add more crops, farm buildings, marriage content for all spouses, secrets, improvements to combat and mining, artisan goods, advanced mechanics, and late-game content. What's really interesting, however, will be the stuff added down the road — although Barone admits there's no timetable for these features yet:
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Barone added his publisher, Chucklefish, has made an offer to help develop the technical aspects of Stardew Valley's multiplayer, as well as the entirety of the game's Mac and Linux ports. "This should result in faster overall development and reduced workload for me, while preserving my artistic control over Stardew Valley. I think it will be beneficial for everyone," Barone added.
The only way to get Stardew Valley running on Mac right now is through some messing around with a Wine wrapper. That's not impossible — Patrick has some instructions here — but it's a little involved and might be a touch too frustrating for gamers just used to clicking and playing.
It'll be interesting to see what a multiplayer Stardew Valley world looks like. Can you interfere with other people's farms? Could you water a friend's plants for them? Could you battle with someone for the affections of that meathead, Alex? Or will it increase the focus on combat as people go raiding caves together? However it works out, it'll probably only make Stardew Valley an even bigger cult hit than it already is.