Initially created by Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone as a solo project, Stardew Valley picked up steam rather quickly and sold over 800,000 copies in its first month. It primarily focuses on gamers taking up the role of a farmer leaving the bustling city for the country life, taking over their grandfather's farm after he passed away. After an initial short tutorial, players are free to roam about the game world and focus on whichever aspects of gameplay they would like, allowing for a range in intensity and variety of activities. It has since been ported to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and recently the Nintendo Switch.
The source for the number is likely the game's Steam Spy stats which show it as having 3,531,920 (±59,408) owners on Valve's digital distribution platform. Of course, this doesn't factor in sales on its console platforms which means that the actual number of sales is probably much higher. While we don't have console specific numbers, Nintendo recently published its e-shop rankings for the consoles 2017 digital sales and Stardew Valley took the number 1 third party spot for the region of everywhere that is not Japan, beating out Minecraft, Sonic Mania, Rocket League, and dozens of other titles in the e-shop.
Stardew Valley is currently finishing up work on its multiplayer update which was delayed to a 2018 release at the end of last year. ConcernedApe detailed some of the new features being worked on for the update shortly afterward. Work on new content for the multiplayer update has been wrapped up and development is now down to finishing out the multiplayer-specific code. The multiplayer update for Stardew Valley will release sometime this year (and will likely add quite a bit to those 3.5 million Steam owners).
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