There aren't many indie titles as popular and as loved as Stardew Valley – and for good reason, it's rather excellent – but with a brand new game on the way, will its developer Eric 'ConcernedApe' Barone have any time or inclination to provide further updates?
Already an impressive game from the off on Switch, Stardew Valley was last treated to major update almost a year ago, when its long-awaited version 1.5 update dropped in February 2021. It's seen smaller tweaks since then, but with the game now being packed full of features and with Barone's next intriguing project Haunted Chocolatier now in development, it'd be easy to assume that Stardew's evolution has come to an end.
Except, it might not have. In an interview with VGKami, which primarily discusses the current development of Haunted Chocolatier, Barone touches upon Stardew's future, leaving the door tantalisingly open:
"I have no plans either way. I don’t want to make any promises for more updates, and I also don’t want to say definitively that it’s finished. "
"I think the game is in a very good place as it is, so I don’t think it’s necessary to add more to it. But at the same time, there’s always room for improvement."
As for Haunted Chocolatier, the game hasn't yet been confirmed for a release on Switch, although Barone has previously stated that he has "every intention" of bringing it to a range of "major platforms". This FAQ tells us everything we need to know.
[source vgkami.com, via gamesradar.com]
I'm fine with that, as long as AC gets steady development time. Stardew Valley is at a good place in my opinion.
I feel like Stardew doesn’t have much room to add more onto or else each day will feel cramped. He would have to add some kind of time bending mechanic like in that one cave to make anything major a possibility at this point. Otherwise I guess he can just add extra things on top of the current core for player choice.
More content would certainly be welcome, but even there isn't it's perfectly fine, this game offers so much to do as it is.
Its pretty perfect the way it is that is for sure, but i would always welcome more to do, but i would like to see what a sequel will look like one day in the future.
Can this guy have a vacation please? He deserves it but is always working haha
Stardew Valley is one of my favorite games of all time, and Haunted Chocolatier is looking amazing too. I just can't get over how much I love the work he does.
There are some excellent mods that add to the game in a great way. He could make those official for the console and mobile versions. Or add official support for mods on console versions. Like community add ons or something.
I love this game, one of my favorites of this generation, but my last playthrough left a sour taste in my mouth. Ran into the sleep crash bug and there seems to be no fix right now or even planned. There a couple of threads about this on reddit and different forums, but they are all full of people who can not find a fix and hope for an update.
He did so much for the game that I think everyone is more than ok with no more updates.
I feel a bit sad at the same time though since Stardew Valley is a game that I end up playing from time to time there was always a little bit more every time I came back to it.
Other words there is already a update coming sooner or later....
Eric has done more than enough for his community and this game.
He on his own built a game that has been better than any AAA effort in the farming sim genre has over the last 10+ years.
He should be incredibly proud of his work and he deserves the chance to move on to something new as I have no doubt his next game will be just as fun and loved.
The only thing I would ask for at this point is Steam Workshop mod support. Last I checked that didn't exist. I've put hundreds of hours into this game at this point on Switch and will probably play more.
But if it gets official mod support I could see hundreds turning into thousands.
But the guy who made this game is a master tier game dev. He deserves awards and praise out the door and down the hall!
@Heavyarms55 But if it gets official mod support I could see hundreds turning into thousands.
That's takes time and money and labor and if he's going to start another project this will kill it. Certifying MoDs that don't cheat isn't a easy task and that does happen not that it will not. So I think it better there not be MoDs floating around.
He needs to make plans to bring the versions that have been left behind current.
Mobile at least is stuck on 1.4
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