The long-awaited Stardew Valley 1.5 update is now available for PC players and the game’s creator, Concerned Ape, has announced that it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch early next year. In an informative blog post on the game’s official website, Concerned Ape says that the 1.5 update is the biggest update yet for Stardew Valley which was originally released back in 2016. Here’s some of what to expect when it drops on the Nintendo Switch in 2021.
“It’s available right now on PC, and will come to consoles early next year. “
New Game Options
There is a new farm called “Beach Farm“. It’s big, with good fishing and foraging opportunities, and the chance for rare supply crate to wash up on shore. But there’s a catch… the majority of the farm is covered in sandy soil that prevents you from using sprinklers (they get clogged with the sand). If this is your first time playing Stardew Valley, I recommend trying one of the other farms for a more classic experience, but if you’re coming back for another playthrough, Beach Farm might make your experience a little more fresh (it also has a unique look).There is a new “Advanced Game Options” button in the bottom left of the character creation menu. From here, you can select a variety of options to customize your playthrough. For returning players, I’d recommend trying out the “remixed” Community Center bundles, which randomizes the bundles you’ll get, adding in brand new ones as well as variations of the originals. Remixing the mine rewards can also shake things up… this adds randomized variety to what you can get out of the mine chests.Make sure to check out the new hairstyles at the end of the hairs list.
Split Screen (Local) Co-Op
To play splitscreen, build a cabin (from Robin’s) for up to 3 other players who will be joining (if you’re starting a new game, you can also select to have cabins already placed at the beginning in the advanced game options menu). Once the cabins are there, open your game menu, scroll down to multiplayer, and select “Start local co-op”. The other players can now join by pressing start on a controller connected to the PC. Please see the options tab in the game menu to adjust the zoom level and UI zoom level to a setting that works well for you. Otherwise, split screen works exactly the same as online multiplayer.
A spoiler-free list of some of the new features to expect:
New people to meetNew goalsMany new itemsA new type of questA new farm layoutNew character eventsA new Community UpgradeHome renovations (after you’ve fully upgraded your house)Ducks can now swimYou can sit in chairsYou can move your bedFish TanksA bunch of new furniture items as well as new furniture types like wall sconcesNew secrets9 new music tracksAnd so much more… you’ll just have to see, I can’t bear to spoil it