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What to Expect with Stardew Valley Update 1.1

A quick rundown of all the important changes coming in the next Stardew Valley update.

Stardew Valley is an indie PC game similar to Harvest Moon. Since its release, it's been wildly popular, often being touted as the perfect Harvest Moon game that Harvest Moon wishes it could be. The creator, Concerned Ape, recently announced update 1.1 that adds even more to the already feature-packed title. Here's everything you need to know:

More marriage options

Previously, Shane and Emily were doomed to be a forever bachelor/bachelorette. With the coming of 1.1, they will now be marriage options. On top of this, there are more interactions between you and your spouse for all options in the game, making married life feel like more of a story than an achievement.

Movable buildings

Imagine you're playing Stardew Valley. You order a silo to store all your hay. It takes a ton of material and money, and even a few days to build. Then you realize it's not where you want it! No worries, you can move them now. Who cares if that's not realistic? It's no longer a giant pain!

New Farm buildings and farm layouts

Didn't have enough to do on your old farm? Well now there's even more to do! New buildings include the shed -- a kind of catch-all building that can be customized how the player likes -- and a mill that can help create sugar. Along with this, players who start a new farm can actually pick a new layout. There's a riverland farm with access to many fishing spots, a forest farm with plenty of trees, a hill farm perfect for mining-focused farmers, and a wilderness farm for the adventuring, monster-fighting farmers.

Misc. Additions

There are also a number of new crops for each season to give the player even more options than before.  

And lastly, some miscellaneous updates such as new events for non-spouse NPCs, new items to help with farm life, and bug fixes.

Concerned Ape has expressed his focus on adding replay value to Stardew Valley. With update 1.1, the already substantial game should feel even more full of content, but he's not ready to stop there. He also has plans in the future for co-op multiplayer, localization for non-English regions, Mac and Linux ports and even console ports.

In typical one-man-team fashion, update 1.1 has been placed in the "Very soon" time slot in regards to release, according to a Twitter post not long ago.

Are you excited for this 1.1 update? Need more games like Stardew Valley to play while you wait for it to drop? Let us know in the comments!

Published Sep. 28th 2016

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