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How to access the Stardew Valley multiplayer beta on Steam

Stardew Valley multiplayer

The long awaited Stardew Valley multiplayer (opens in new tab) patch is coming soon, but before then you can now access the beta version. Well, if you're on PC anyway. The beta gets you access to the Stardew Valley 1.3 update on Steam, which features new items, events and cutscenes from Stardew creator ConcernedApe, as well as the multiplayer co-op mode developed by publisher Chucklefish. 

The multiplayer allows you to invite one to three players to come over to your farm as farmhands via Steam or LAN, either starting a new game or just from your latest single-player save. Each player lives in their own cabin on the host farm, and all of you can work together to achieve various goals, all of which will be very familiar to existing Stardew players. You can also scale the profit margin of your produce sold to adjust the difficulty level of a multiplayer farm, if you so wish. 

Oh and did we mention you can communicate using nearly 200 custom Stardew Valley emojis? YES SIR. 

So without any further ado, here's how to access the Stardew Valley multiplayer PC beta.

How to access the Stardew Valley multiplayer PC beta

  • Log into your Steam account
  • In your Games Library, right click on Stardew Valley
  • Select Properties → Betas (see: (opens in new tab))
  • Enter the Beta access code “jumpingjunimos” and press Check Code
  • After this, select the beta branch option on the Beta selection drop down list above

It's worth noting that publisher Chucklefish recommend backing up your save before you opt into the beta. You wouldn't want to lose any of your hundreds of hours of farming, after all. 

To do this, go to %APPDATA%\StardewValley\Saves on Windows, or ~/.config/StardewValley/Saves on Mac and Linux and simply make a copy before you start trialling the Stardew Valley multiplayer. 

It's also recommended to remove any mods you may have on your Stardew Valley game for the time being too, just so you get the best beta experience possible. 

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