There's good news and there's bad news. For PC players, there's a Stardew Valley multiplayer beta running right now that lets you get involved in the co-op party early. For Switch, Xbox One and PS4 players though, there's no such beta, but it's a good sign that multiplayer is on the way for everyone.
The game's lead developer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone occasionally shares updates about the game's continued development via Twitter. The last message he sent out before the beta went live was particularly exciting for fans.
Update on Stardew Valley multiplayer: still making good progress on fixing bugs, if all goes well it should be ready in about a monthApril 10, 2018
Unfortunately, he didn't specify whether he meant "ready" as in available for players or "ready" as in ready for testing. But either way, it's clear that the wait for multiplayer (and the rest of Stardew Valley's massive 1.3.0 update) is mostly over. Read on for more details on how the update will work from the developers themselves!
How many people can play Stardew Valley multiplayer?
Up to four players will be able to participate in a single game of Stardew Valley multiplayer.
4-player Stardew Valley LAN party at my house... it's really fun. It still needs some work, but the underlying network code is solid. Being in the same room and yelling at each other about what to do next, or if anyone has any stone, is great fun. Can't wait to share this pic.twitter.com/Sjxyd712BKJanuary 15, 2018
Soon after you start the game or install the update, Robin (the carpenter) will offer to build up to three additional cabins on your farm. This is where the other players - AKA the farmhands - live. They'll get 5x3 spaces of their own to customize, which is nice.
yeah, the cabins have a dimension of 5 x 3 tilesMarch 26, 2018
Farmhands are free to wander around town and can do almost every activity available in single player, including farming, fishing, and cave delving. Exceptions include deciding when to sleep, when to begin festivals, and other big decisions that impact everyone playing; those remain the responsibility of the farm owner.
Do you need to start over for Stardew Valley multiplayer?
Nope! No need to give up the rustic perfection of your current save in order to try out multiplayer. You can accept new farmhands onto existing farms. You will have to clear out some space for the farmhand cabins, of course.
You can bring guests on to an existing saveJanuary 15, 2018
The developers have only announced plans for peer-to-peer multiplayer so far. Given how the host player is the only one who can go to sleep and start a new day, it wouldn't make much sense for play via always-on servers anyway.
Can you get married in Stardew Valley multiplayer?
Yep! You can totally get hitched with another player, on top of the standard NPC romances.
Yes you can marry another player!January 15, 2018
Don't expect it to be as easy as both parties selecting "I do." Though you won't need a Mermaid Pendant to get hitched to your fellow players, Concerned Ape is aiming to make inter-player marriage take about as much effort and investment to attain as player-NPC matrimony. And yes, this probably means you can get divorced too, in case things don't work out. Though you will still live on the same farm. Awkward.
What platforms are getting Stardew Valley multiplayer?
All versions of Stardew Valley will receive multiplayer support eventually, though it won't arrive at the same time. Here's the rough timetable as it's currently planned.
PC first, then switch, then both Xbox and PS4. Not exactly sure on the timetable for those. This tweet is referring to PC/Mac/LinuxApril 10, 2018
Specific release dates will vary, but eventually everyone will get multiplayer (and the other stuff coming in the update, to boot).
When is Stardew Valley multiplayer coming out?
According to this official blog post, Concerned Ape is hoping to put a beta version of the multiplayer update out on PC in spring. The final release date is currently unspecified, however we do know PC players will get the full version first as well. Hopefully console players won't have to wait long after that.
Will Stardew Valley multiplayer be paid DLC?
The Stardew Valley multiplayer update will be free for everyone who owns Stardew Valley now or in the future. It would not be at all unreasonable to charge extra for this huge feature update, but the devs are just sweet like that.
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