New Release Schedule for Console Players
After roughly a year of waiting, the Stardew Valley 1.4 release date has finally been announced for PC. Players have been looking forward to a mysterious (and ever-increasing) batch of new content that's heading into the game, and now we know for sure when we'll be getting it: November 26, 2019. That's right, it's just under two weeks away!
On the off chance you haven't played Stardew Valley, we can't be friends anymore. It's a wonderful game that falls into the "farming RPG" genre similar to games like Harvest Moon. Players inherit a family farm and start a new life, growing crops, raising animals, and making friends in the nearby village.
Now, a brand-new content update that's long been in development has finally gotten a release date. But what can players expect to see?
What's coming in the Stardew Valley 1.4 Content Update?
While there's presumably a lot of content coming on the Stardew Valley 1.4 release date, we really don't know much about what's on the way. That's not to say we don't know anything, mind. Here's a recap of what's been announced so far.
- You'll be able to pay Marlon to recover a lost item when you "die" in the mines.
- Most (if not all) of the features in development for 1.4 will be available in multiplayer; there were (at the time) no plans for exclusive content for the single-player content.
- Players can optionally have separate wallets from one another in multiplayer games rather than a shared pool of cash.
- A new map called "Four Corners" will be available, specifically designed for multiplayer gameplay.
- Fish Ponds can now be built on the farm.
- Players can raise fish in these ponds.
- Roe (fish eggs) can be collected from the ponds.
- "Other products" (which weren't specified) can also be collected.
- A lot of "weird or annoying" things about the controls will be fixed.
- A lot of "quality of life" features will be added.
- ConcernedApe feels "pretty confident" that he's managed to accomplish both of the preceding points.
- "Content-wise, nearly every aspect of the game has been expanded or improved upon in some way."
- Wild Bait now gives a chance to catch double fish.
- Every spouse now has a unique 14-heart event after marriage (pictured above).
- "There is more end-game stuff like that to keep things going a little further after you’ve completed everything."
- New dog design (seen in the header image).
- Lastly, PC players will have a screenshot button in the options menu that will let them take a picture of their entire farm or any other area in the game, in its entirety. If I'm reading this right, you could head down into Cindersnap Forest, push this button, and get one image with the whole screen on it.
Stardew Valley 1.4 Release Date for Consoles and Mobile Should Be 'Simultaneous'
A slightly lower-key announcement is that the release schedule for the console and mobile versions of the game will be changing. Fans of the game are well-familiar with the troubles the porting team has had getting multiplayer to work on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4; this will be changed going forward.
My plan for updates going forward is to release on PC first, and then simultaneously on consoles and mobile shortly after (ideally within a couple of weeks). The reason to release on PC first is mostly due to the ease & speed with which hotfix patches can go out on PC. If any rare bugs are found, they can be patched immediately. On consoles, there is a certification pipeline that you must go through to release anything, so if any rare bugs can be found and fixed via the PC release before launching on console, that is much better for everyone. Still, I would like the delay between PC and console release to be as short as possible.
PlayStation Vita will get one more update, but it's not likely to go beyond the 1.2 patch. Additionally, there are no current plans to bring multiplayer to Android and iOS, unfortunately.
Google Play 'User's Choice' Nomination, Merch, and More
Stardew Valley has been nominated for a "User's Choice" award over at Google Play. You can vote for it over at Google Play — just make sure to do so before it ends on November 25, 2019!
There's also some neat new merch that's been released, which includes:
- An Abigail plush
- Some "nice pins"
- New t-shirts at Yetee
- And "something good" being added to Fangamer on November 22, 2019.
As for PC players, you'll be able to enjoy all of the new content on the Stardew Valley 1.4 release date of November 26, 2019. In the meantime, you can get it on pretty much anything with a microchip in it these days. PC, Mac, and Linux players can grab the game on Steam, the Humble Store, or DRM-free on GOG for $14.99 or your regional equivalent. Console players can grab it for the the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 at their respective storefronts at the same price point. Finally, the mobile edition can be purchased at the Play Store for Android and at iTunes for iOS for $7.99.
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Will you be getting back to your farm on the Stardew Valley 1.4 release date? What do you think of the new content that's on the way? What do you hope to see in this patch? Let us know in the comments below!