Stardew Valley multiplayer will be ready "in about a month" according to a tweet from the game's developer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone.
Details about how multiplayer will work in the game were first revealed in August of last year. Stardew Valley had always had multiplayer intended as a feature, but the game was launched as a single-player experience first while development continued with the help of publisher Chucklefish. Players will be able to join on a friend's hosted game and help them out with their farm.
A beta for Stardew Valley multiplayer was supposed to release late last year but it was pushed back to sometime in 2018 as it needed extra time for polish and quality assurance. It looks like that phase of development is wrapping up and we'll be getting the feature on PC in roughly a month's time.
The progress update is specifically referring to the PC, Mac, & Linux version of the game. A follow-up tweet from ConcernedApe states that the Nintendo Switch will be the next platform to get the feature, likely followed by a simultaneous update for the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One versions of the game. Unfortunately, he was unable to provide a timetable for when the console versions would receive multiplayer functionality.
This new timetable builds on previous updates on the status of Stardew Valley multiplayer. The game will be getting other shiny new toys like signs, new events, and new decorations in the 1.3 patch for the game. Players will also be able to re-spec their professions for the first time without a mod. While the method of re-speccing wasn't specified, it will likely take place through some sort of magical means similar to how you can wipe memories of ex-spouses in the game. Stardew Valley multiplayer should be ready for PC in about a month.
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