Sandbox farming game Staxel has released the 1.3 update which includes a new friendship system, new festivals, and more according to an announcement on Steam.

Staxel is a game where players are plopped onto a little island and given a whole lot of freedom in deciding what they’d like to do in the world. Our preview of the early access title noted that players are afforded a lot of freedom in deciding what to build and where they would like to build it; one could elect to relocate the entire town or build a massive homestead if they felt so inclined. The game’s plenty fun as it is, and it just got better with the new content added in the 1.3 Update.

The first big-ticket addition is that of the Friendship System. The game will now track your relationship with the townspeople (represented by a heart next to their names). Talking with them on a daily basis will result in the occasional gift as well as special Friendship Quests. (Not all villagers have Friendship Quests just yet.) Of course, you can give gifts to villagers yourself by holding an item in your hand and pressing the appropriate key when prompted. If you’ve grown fond of a certain villager, you can have one of them move into your home as a roommate. Villagers also have improved interaction with one another, making the world of Staxel feel just a little bit more alive.

A new Spring Festival has been added to the game along with a new “‘mini festival’ of sorts”. Festivals in the game will typically afford players the opportunity to earn rare items or complete special events. The news post is light on details as to what the festivals actually are, so you’ll have to hop into the game yourself if you want to experience them firsthand.

A boatload of new clothing items, quests, and hints of new villagers have also made their way into the game via this patch; be sure to read the patch notes for all of the fine details. If you don’t yet own Staxel, you can pick it up for yourself on Steam or via the Humble Store.

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What do you think of the new additions to Staxel in the 1.3 Update? Do you think the game’s development is progressing at a nice pace? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!