Eric Barone, the sole developer of Stardew Valley, revealed the release dates for the game's console ports in a post on the game's website today.
Barone wrote that Stardew Valley will launch in North America for the PlayStation 4 on Dec. 13th, 2016.
The game will launch in Europe for the PlayStation 4 on Dec. 14th, 2016. The 14th will also mark the game's global release for the Xbox One.
These release dates are mostly in line with what Barone stated back in June, except for one small detail; no Wii U version of Stardew Valley is planned for release. Not now, not ever.
This is what Barone had to say on the decision not to bring Stardew Valley to the Wii U:
Looking at Wii U and the current gaming landscape, we made the difficult choice to shift our development efforts to creating a version for Nintendo Switch. I am really looking forward to the Switch, and I believe that the Switch’s unique capabilities could create some exciting opportunities for Stardew Valley.So, while the game won't be ported over to the Wii U, Barone is still committed to bringing the game to a Nintendo console. He did not, however, give any kind of release window for the Nintendo Switch port of the game.
Back in June, Barone detailed some of the difficulties in bringing Stardew Valley to consoles.
It’s very important to me that playing Stardew Valley with console controllers is intuitive and effortless. I’ll be the first to admit that the current, rudimentary controller support in the PC version is far from ideal, and it will need to be adjusted prior to the launch.It was back in this June post that Barone also revealed that Chucklefish and Sickhead Games are helping bring the title to consoles.
Stardew Valley was originally released for PC on Feb. 26, 2016. If you want to find out more about what TechRaptor thinks on it, check out our review of the game.
What do you think about the decision to port Stardew Valley to the Nintendo Switch instead of the Wii U? Were you hoping to play it on the Wii U?Do you expect other developers to do the same in the future? Let us know in the comment section below!