The game, which is still in early access, has a long way to go before it can be a full release, with all the content required to make it feel busy and lively, plus the promised free-to-play mechanics (whether you want them or not). And, of course, the developers at Gameloft are steadily fixing a lot of bugs, glitches, and other issues that players have been reporting over the past couple of months of early access.
But we're not here to discuss bugs today, because that's boring. Even with the unfinished state of the game currently, we've been loving our time in Dreamlight Valley... but we have some ideas that we'd love to take to the next town council meeting.
So here are 25 changes, additions, and tweaks that we'd love to see in the next big Disney Dreamlight Valley update, all of which would make the experience even better. Take note, Gameloft!
More things to do outside
There's just not a lot to actually do in Disney Dreamlight Valley except crafting, cooking, farming, fishing, and talking. We really hope that Gameloft adds a few more activities, because some of the furniture in the game is gorgeous — it would be nice if we (and the villagers) could interact with it more!
Some potential ideas:
- Tossing coins in the well
- Sitting in the hot tub
- Getting in the hot air balloon
- Interacting with burger/ice cream stall
Right now, the animal companions in the game are generic animals (squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, etc.) with different colouring, and all they do is follow you around. Wouldn't it be great to have more Disney-specific animals in the game, which actually helped you in some way? They could even pick up stuff on the ground for all we care. Just let them do something!
Plus, there are loads of Disney critters that would make great companions — Pascal, Meeko, Hei-Hei... rather than just, you know, Generic Squirrel #3.
Why is our character so dang slow? For the love of all things Mickey, let us sprint around the place! Or give us a horse or a scooter or whatever is allowed in the land of Disney! We don't care! We're just so tired of walking everywhere.
Improvements for masculine characters & players
Right now, the game's clothing and furniture options are very geared towards a specific player, and that player likes wearing dresses, and having a sparkly house. It's not gendered — anyone with any frame can wear a dress — but for those who want more masculine clothing options and a decidedly less sparkly house, there's not much choice.
Guys like Disney too, you know! We'd love to see a bit of Star Wars, maybe some more suit options, and perhaps some more wooden, cabin-type furniture.
A shorter day/night cycle
A lot of things in Disney Dreamlight Valley are tied to the current time — which makes it really hard for those of us who have jobs! When it's night time, many of the characters are asleep, making it hard to complete quests, and it's harder to see things. Plus, some critters only appear in ludicrously early time slots... and as much fun as Dreamlight Valley can be, we're not that dedicated.
More interactive furniture
Right now, we can sit in chairs and on beds, but we can't light fireplaces, sleep in beds, run sinks, check our appearance in mirrors, or... well, basically anything that isn't sitting. We'd love to see more animations added to the game to bring the world and the furniture to life, because the models are really detailed and gorgeous, so we want to appreciate them more!
There are two types of indoor doors in Dreamlight Valley:
- Useable doors (which can't be moved or edited)
- Decorative doors (which can't be used)
Hear us out: What if we could replace the useable doors with the decorative doors, and they could be used? We don't want the basic boring doors in our houses! They don't match the decor!!
If we have to hear the M-I-C, K-E-Y theme one more time, we're going to pull our hair out. And why does every song in the game sound like the lullaby version? Give us something punchy, and give us more variety, and maybe we won't go mad before the next update comes out.
After all, there's a fantastic variety of bops in the Disney library. Go wild!
Cook in bulk
We understand that Disney Dreamlight Valley limits how much we can cook in one go so that the game economy isn't entirely broken by people making millions off Pumpkin Soup, but... at least let us cook five meals at a time, instead of one. Animal Crossing: New Horizons made this mistake with Fish Bait, and we'll never forgive it; now is Gameloft's time to right that wrong!
Higher level caps
Right now, we can only get to Level 40 as a character and Level 10 as a friend. We're pretty sure that this is just a temporary level cap, but we reached these caps a long time ago, and we're ready to make more progress!
Plus, a lot of the rewards for things in the game — the restaurant, the quests, gift-giving — are tied to friendship and XP, which is a waste of time when there's a level cap.
The way the pathing system works right now is a bit of a nightmare. Admittedly, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was just as time consuming and limited, and we let ACNH get away with it, didn't we? But Dreamlight Valley's paths are all so straight and boring!
Give us a little variety, let us make curved paths, and give us the ability to line the paths with something more attractive than those tiny rocks. Also, can we put plants closer to paths, and put paths under things like fountains, please?
Get rid of furniture
In our inventory, we have a bunch of trash. It's the furniture from the start of the game — the broken windows, the shabby curtains, and the spiderweb-covered lights. If we were going for a haunted house vibe, that would be fine, but for those of us who aren't, it would be nice to get them out of our inventories once and for all.
Let us sell the old stuff to Scrooge, or let us take it apart for materials — either would be great!
The storage chests in the game are TOO DANG SMALL. Everyone who's played Dreamlight Valley for more than a few hours has realised that the only solution right now is to have a dedicated storage room, full of chests, which is an organisational nightmare!
If we had to suggest a few changes that would vastly improve the storage system, it would be:
- Give us the ability to sort by colour/type/name
- Let us use fridges, dressers, and cupboards to store items
- Make the chests in different colours
- Let us stack meals
- Raise the stack cap from 50 to 99
Keep going to page two for even more potential new features...