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Stardew Valley multiplayer co-op ‘underlying network code is solid’

Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone offers positive noises about Stardew Valley multiplayer co-op on Twitter.

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Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone offers positive noises about Stardew Valley multiplayer co-op on Twitter.

An official Stardew Valley multiplayer mode is in the works, from developer Eric Barone. We don’t know all that much about it yet, other than it will be exclusive to the PC version (at least at first), will allow four players to farm co-operatively, and will open up with an early access-style beta when it’s in a playable state.

It is apparently playable in some form, however, as Barone has shared a screenshot (above) of the game in action on Twitter, along with some encouraging words.

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

The screenshot shows four players, farming together, which is the least we’d expect. It also features a sneaky glimpse at a text chat window, and a flamingo.

We don’t have a release date pencilled in for the Stardew Valley multiplayer update yet – it’s fallen back from 2016, to 2018, to be confirmed – but when it does release, it will be in the form of a free update for all users.

Rumours that it will contain a battle royale mode are, however, unfounded.


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