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Stardew Valley to Finally Hit Consoles (Details on Nintendo Switch Launch)

Can you learn to live off the land and turn overgrown fields into a thriving home? PC players have. Now console players will, too.

I remember the excitement the first time I saw Stardew Valley. For me, it brought up fond memories of when I was younger playing the Harvest Moon games. The countless number of hours harvesting and planting my crops and the countless number of batteries chewed up by my Gameboy Color are fond memories from simpler times.

If you're not a PC gamer, chances are you haven't heard much about this amazing game. But that's all set to change with the recent announcement from the game's developer, ConcernedApeStardew Valley will be getting console releases in the very near future for Xbox One, PS4 and potentially Nintendo's next-gen system, the Nintendo Switch.

So how near is very near? According to a post on the game's blog:

Stardew Valley will launch in North America for the PS4 on December 13th, 2016.

Stardew Valley will launch in Europe for the PS4 and globally for the Xbox One on December 14th, 2016.

Pre-orders for the Xbox One (globally) and PS4 (Europe only) [began] on November 30th, 2016.

That's right folks. The game will be out for current gen consoles just in time for the holidays, and if the console versions hold the $14.99 price tag of the digital release, the game is affordable fun for all.

In regards to ConcernedApe looking to do a release on the Nintendo Switch over the Wii U he said:

Stardew Valley will not be coming to the Wii U, however. Looking at Wii U and the current gaming landscape, we made the difficult choice to shift our development efforts to creating a version for Nintendo Switch. I am really looking forward to the Switch, and I believe that the Switch’s unique capabilities could create some exciting opportunities for Stardew Valley. I do want to emphasize that I am absolutely committed to seeing Stardew Valley on Nintendo platforms, and I really do appreciate your support and understanding in this.

So, who is a game like Stardew Valley made for? Well, anyone who has a love for adventure and exploration and farming. There are many caves that need spelunking, quests that need questing and farms that need farming.

It's also for anyone who enjoys crafting and cooking, as the game has well over 100 cooking and crafting recipes to discover. And it's for anyone looking to settle down, as there are 10 eligible bachelors & bachelorettes -- all with very different, and sometimes quirky, personalities. 

Does Stardew Valley look like the kind of game you'd enjoy playing? Let us know in the comments below!

Published Dec. 3rd 2016

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