Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has effectively confirmed the Stardew Valley 1.6 update is in development, but don't expect a lot of new content -- this next update is focused on making modding better.
Modders have been tinkering with Stardew Valley ever since it first came out more than half a decade ago. In recent years, we've seen mods that add Pokemon to the game and allow for platonic partnerships with bachelors and bachelorettes. While there are quite a few good mods for the game, we may soon see a golden age for modding when the next update comes out -- ConcernedApe is aiming to make modding a lot easier.
Stardew Valley 1.6 Update Won't Have a Lot of Content
The next Stardew Valley update is going to have a stronger focus on modding according to its creator. Specifically, Stardew Valley 1.6 is aiming to make it easier for modders to work their magic. Creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone said that 1.6 would be a "mostly a modding-focused update" that will make "[modders'] lives easier" in a tweet yesterday (via Reddit).
Barone did not share details on how exactly modding will improve with the next update. One area of contention is that Stardew Valley depends on a modloader called SMAPI; we may see an in-game mod loader added in the future that would render this program obsolete.
In the same tweet, Barone also clarified how Stardew Valley and his next game Haunted Chocolatier will be related in response to a question asking if Haunted Chocolatier will include references to Stardew Valley.
"Yes, but I haven't decided how deep the connection will be exactly," Barone said. "I want Haunted Chocolatier to have its own identity[.]"
While Stardew Valley 1.6 will largely focus on modding, Barone also noted that there will still be some new content for fans to enjoy. You can experience one of the best Farming RPGs out there by buying Stardew Valley for PC via Steam for just $8.99, a 40% discount as part of the Steam Summer Sale. If you'd prefer to get the game elsewhere, you can buy Stardew Valley on other platforms and storefronts via its official website at prices ranging from $4.99-$14.99 depending on your platform.