The time has finally arrived for Stardew Valley to be on Switch! This week, on October 5th, Stardew Valley will be available for Switch priced at $14.99. There is a lot of excitement over this, and I’m pretty excited too because I love this game!
It wasn’t long ago I was reading about Sickhead Games developing the port. It all seems to have happened so fast. Which is great news since people have been talking about Stardew Valley being on Switch since Switch came out.
If you are unaware of what this great farming game named Stardew Valley is, let me enlighten you. This farming simulation and role-playing game came out February of 2016. It is heavily inspired by another farming sim called Harvest Moon. In the game, you create your character who then starts off his/her farming life on a plot of land that was previously owned by their grandfather. You can interact with all the NPCs (non-player characters) and even get married!
Check out the trailer to see what the game fully entails:
Essentially this game is everything you didn’t realize you need in life. The beautiful, simple life of farming in a world filled to the brim with fast-moving tech. This game is actually inspiring some people to go start little farms in reality! I have to admit, this game speaks to me. I have goats, chickens, and a small garden. Therefore, I fully understand the appeal of this game. This game inspires a dream that is easy to imagine with a sense of being genuinely content. Although, maybe it’s more about a release from the stressors of the rat race and letting yourself have the simple (yet hard working) job of a farmer. I don’t think I’m alone in my thoughts about Stardew Valley, or even farming, in general, considering food gardening is at the highest rate it’s been in a decade. Specifically, it seems us millennials are frothy at the mouth for growing our own food. Young households in the United States have seen a 63% increase in food gardening since 2008! Also yes, I do garden!
Stardew Valley stayed one of the top sellers on Steam for two months! It sold over one million copies just a few months after release. The ratings on this game are through the roof with a 10/10 on Steam! Perfect score, woah! It also has a 9/10 on Polygon, 89% on Metacritic, and 8.8/10 on IGN. This game is so beloved that people who typically pirate games went out of their way to pay for it. Not only that, but strangers were offering to help buy the game for those who couldn’t afford it (and would otherwise pirate the game)! There is a lot of love for Stardew Valley.
IMAGE FROM CHUCKLEFISH
This is a one player game only but has been promising multiplayer for a while now. What’s the news on that? It’s not expected to come out until early 2018 and only for the computer. Sickhead Games has given us some insight on what to expect though. It will be a co-op that allows you to invite friends on Steam to join your game as a farmhand. Up to three friends can join your game and do almost everything the main character can do. There will, however, be a few things left only to the main character (such as decisions on when to sleep and when to start/end festivals). Your friendly farm hands can come and go as they please while you play your game. Another fun thing they will add is a possible marriage between you and your friends in the game.
Despite the multiplayer not coming out until next year the team working on it will be releasing a beta version of co-op first. And it is expected to happen late in this year for Steam users. They will be working on getting co-op for Switch as well. However, that will be completed after it is done on the computer. Then soon after that, hopefully, co-op for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Other than co-op there are currently no plans for any other forms of multiplayer. They have their eyes on the prize of getting co-op out for now. Maybe split screen or PVP is still a possibility for the future–but nothing we should hold our breath for.
Now, another reason they are offering the new co-op multiplayer as a beta on Steam is to allow some time for modders to amend their mods for the new multiplayer patch. Mods, you ask? Stardew Valley is a favorite game for people to make modifications for. These are fan/player made patches that add or change something about the game. There are mods for new haircuts, mods to turn the town’s wizard into Yoda, there is even a Pokemon mod that changes animals and people into Pokemon! It’s absolutely fantastic how many mods there are, and I suggest checking out the options and trying them out if you haven’t yet. Here is a good article about Stardew Valley mods from PC Gamer.
Are you excited about Stardew Valley coming to Switch? I certainly am since this means it can be a mobile game!