A new content update hit Stardew Valley late yesterday, and if you’ve yet to sample the whimsical delights of this indie gem, there’s never been a better time.
For the uninitiated, Stardew Valley is an open-ended farming sim. The game was developed by Concerned Ape, a one-person studio headed by Eric Barone who toiled away to create the game from scratch over four years, music, pixel-art, and all.
Disillusioned by the contrived 9-5 of a big city job, the player inherits their grandfather’s farm set in the charming back-country town of Stardew Valley. Through farming, mining, crafting, and foraging, the game tasks you with making the farm a success.
Stardew Valley is a time sink, addictive even. The daily cycle of tending to the crops, conversing with the locales, mining ore, and unraveling the beautifully paced story is ripe for abuse. ‘One more day and I’ll turn it off’ will more often than not turn into a multiple hour marathon.
From the colorful cast of inhabitants that populate the small town to a charming narrative full of twists and fantastical elements, it’s a welcome change of pace from the Call of Dutys and Fortnites of the gaming world.
Stardew Valley received a brand new content update yesterday, 1.4 to precise. Thanks to a dizzying array of new content and features, ‘the game is more polished than ever’ as Barone says.
Among the additions are a new end-game mystery, fresh character events, and a fish pond farming building. There’s also a new map, bug fixes, quality of life improvements, music, and over 300 new items and cosmetics.
The changelog is just shy of 8000 words long, which should give you a strong sense of the update’s scope.
You can currently pick up Stardew Valley for less than $15 as part of Steam’s recently launched Autumn Sale. For an easy 50 to 100 hours of playtime, the price is nothing short of a bargain.