Dev Update #27

Hi everyone,

Just checking in to let you know I’m still here! Nothing new to report, I’m just systematically going through everything and making sure it’s release-ready.

I don’t have a lot to share this time, but here’s something… new dialogue boxes:

“Better get out there and do some treasure hunting, huh?

dialogueBoxI know fiddling with the dialogue boxes might not seem necessary… but the old boxes were truly messed up, and despite lots of tweaking they continued to give me problems. I decided that a complete redo would save me time. While redoing them I went ahead and made them look a little snazzier with the wood panel and name scroll.

I’m going to get back to work… thanks for reading!



  • akena

    ooh, this isn’t enough to keep me going! do you have an estimated time of completion you can quote?

  • Anthony Kay

    my body has been ready for years, it still is! all i can hope for is the soonβ„’

  • Tamson

    This is amazing! Those dialogue boxes are very stylish, and I also really like the sprites, they have a nice look to them. I’m so glad to see this update, I wasn’t really expecting one until later this month, so it was a nice surprise. It’s exciting to hear that things are starting to get polished up. I can’t wait to see the finished product! Well, actually, I can wait as long as it takes, but it’ll be tough. The hardships of looking forward to a great game! Thank you for working on it! It’s really a dream come true!

  • Marius Winterfeld

    NEAT! Keep going, crazy Ape! <3

  • Richie Donahou

    Keep up the solid work!

  • Tony Crabbe

    Cant Wait πŸ™‚

  • FuzzyBubbles

    I’m so god damn hyped for this.

  • Murilo Gomes Teixeira

    OOOH! we are here!, just waiting for it!

  • Keith Ferguson

    Alright can’t wait!

  • Dave

    Hey, Eric. Any plans for an upcoming closed beta for large-scale usability testing? Normally, I prefer playing games when finished, but I wouldn’t mind donating some of my time to help contribute to the success of this game.

  • JerΓ΄nimo Gregolini Pucci

    It’s funny how I kinda developed a sense for new updates. From time to time the thought “Hey, I should check Stardew Valley” comes to my head, and I tend to get it just in time for an update, haha.
    Keep up the great work, Ape.

  • hsidnomeL

    As with every update, I’m extremely excited for this game. The amount of work you’re putting in to make sure it’s a complete product before release is commendable, to say the least. I wish more developers, both small and large, had this dedication. Take all the time you need and thank you for working so hard. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda

    I like it. =)

  • shannon borges

    “going through everything and making it release ready” is it.. is it almost done? ;c I’m so dang excited for this game xD I literally check the website constantly even though I know there are usually updates once a month lol

  • jenglando

    Looks great!

  • Klintt

    “release-ready”? Tell me more about it! πŸ˜‰

  • Luke

    Those are some snazzy dialogue boxes. I actually think dialogue boxes are super important! I game I backed on kickstarter recently came out and has very ugly dialogues and despite being a decent game otherwise I can’t bring myself to play it!

  • Abba

    Luckily I have other crap like Witcher to fill my time while waiting for THE TRUE GAME!

  • Cinderos

    This game is looking great! I commend you for the work you have done, and wish more developers were like you. Many thanks for not shoving early access down out throats and taking money… only to release the finished game years later.

  • moniablox

    I’m Soooooo…. Hyped! And Really Excited For The Release of The Game! Ever Since I Found Out About It I’ve Been Shoving My Wallet Into My Computer :3


  • firekirby135

    Now, this is just a personal gripe, and you may have intentionally done it, but it seems that the “y” in “Evelyn” on the second image dips below the scroll a bit by a few pixels. It’s not SUPER bad, so if that’s an intentional style choice, feel free to keep it, I can deal. Of course, it’s under the impression that it isn’t that I bring it up just in case you weren’t already aware. (and of course, if there’s an issue with the lowercase “y”, you may wanna check “g”, “j”, “p”, and “q” as well, just in case. ^_^ )

    • justincando

      Hello, I have just done the work with an editing program to see if the really do not line up just to be sure that my eyes were not deceiving me i went into the picture zoomed in 300x and used an opaque straight line and put it in straight the text to see if the letters line up perfectly and they do there is no pixel differences with the y sorry to say if you wish to see my work i have a picture of the completed project

      • firekirby135

        Huh, weird. Suppose it’s just an issue with the image shown above then? Because the “y” in that image is definitely reaching off the bottom of the scroll. Suppose it could be chalked up to simply being an image from an outdated build and was already fixed. XD

        • justincando

          oh wait if your meaning by that, yes that exists i just didn’t see that as a problem πŸ˜› i thought you may have been talking about the y being lower then the other letters i thought the y looked kind of old time style like that and helped with the image the creator is giving the game my bad xp miss understanding on my part xp so sorry and i do not have any information that you do not have on the game all information i have is from picture and the creators words πŸ˜›

  • Jake

    The anticipation is so high o.o

  • Daniel

    Looking great! I love the new dialogue boxes, though I’m not sure if I like the text font… Maybe the images are zoomed in (?) but I suppose a finer font would be less aggressive to the eyes, no? This one is a bit on the stronger/thick side. But I can live with that, I guess πŸ˜›

    Keep up the great work, can’t wait to finally be able to throw money at you πŸ˜€

  • Awesome! You can’t rush perfection, Ape. Do your thing, i’ll be uber hyped in release day

  • This is looking great, thank you for the regular updates!

  • Erin W

    All I want to do is be someone who gets to play Stardew Valley
    Stardew Valley
    All I want to be is someone who gets to see Stardew Valley
    Stardew Valley
    Oh I know it’ll be great and I just can’t wait to see the game Ape has made.
    If you give it a chance you can wait til release because you are a giant fan.
    You might even like waiting for the release and if you don’t it won’t be forever. But if it were me, I’d really wanna play Stardew Valley,
    Stardew Valley!
    All I wanna do is be someone who gets to play Stardew Valley~

    • jaykaylol

      +1 for Steven Universe reference.

  • Johanna S.

    This looks so beautiful and amazing. I think I just drooled on myself a little bit. Seriously, can’t wait until this comes out! πŸ™‚

  • Kye Kelvin

    Great !! Support From Malaysia πŸ˜€

    • theunsungpaladin

      wow nice mate! same here! πŸ˜€

  • Dennis

    Its pretty neat….
    Please donΒ΄t make them that large, they take almost the whole screen or didnΒ΄t i get smt here?

    • dylan brown

      I’m pretty sure its zoomed in – i think that screen (second image) is about a quarter of a full screen? Not sure but if you go look at some other images the characters are a fair bit smaller.

  • Niklas

    Checking in on the game from time to time to see the progress, nice to see new updates! Looking forward to playing the game. Keep up the good work!

  • I love the new boxes and the name scrolls. Makes the characters feel more… Alive? Anyways still bouncing in my seat waiting semi-patiently for this to come out πŸ˜›

  • Alielson Piffer

    Hi Ape!
    There would be some kind of language packages?
    I have no problem with english, but my mother can’t handle it.
    I can translate to her but it would be a lot easier if it was in portuguese.
    If not, that’s ok too. Maybe it’s time to learn! πŸ˜‰

    • Robert

      In his interview he said that he might.

  • Mccayboy

    Thank you for these updates!

  • JoΓ£o Rafael Romero Reato

    The game is looking great. I know i will pay for this. But thanks for the great work!

  • Kyler Tallant

    I don’t think I can wait any longer. I don’t want you to rush your work but I think that maybe a terraria or minecraft release would help build some extra attention for this game.

  • Ben

    Will this please be available on Mac??

  • Gennah

    Thanks for the update! It’s looking great. Me and my friends cant wait to support you and buy this game.

  • McWhite
  • Dane Bruce

    I AM SO READY FOR THIS!…le sigh…

  • yukovalis

    Does anyone else look at that first dialogue box and get Oregon trail flashbacks? Or is that just me?

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  • LaxoraNZ

    Made an account on disqus to comment here, ’cause I thought it was about time I did considering how long I’ve actually been stalking this development and not bothered to comment because needingness of account and lazy…xD

    Anyway, I’m super stoked for this game, it looks like everything I’ve ever wanted from a Harvest Moon on PC game. Mega excited to be able to throw my money at you for it, because you evidently deserve it! πŸ˜€ Definitely worth waiting until you have something that is “release-ready” and not evidently unfinished and buggy in every direction, hope you can get it to a point where it’s basically a full playable game which we can all play, but you’ll be able to continue developing updates for with more awesome content! πŸ˜€

    I’m going to go back to lurking now, but great work so far, and again really super duper excited!

  • Melyssa

    Awww, I totally love the new dialogue boxes!!! The wood and the scroll totally nailed it, and the pictures look like old photos! Keep up the good work!

  • I can’t wait for Stardew Valley to get release out soon and we will able to play them!

  • Sad Panda

    How sad am I going to be when this game isn’t released to mac?

  • Sara Rahmn

    people are tired of waiting. fuck this game im going to download the crack. stupid f shit game take some years to release at the end turns to be junkies game…..

    • em zee

      Yeah, no. You’re the only one complaining here. If you’re tired of waiting; go do something else, there is no need to be a potty mouth.

  • ultrasam

    I’ve been following your blog a long time ago. And I want to deeply congratulate you for your effort, this is a huge project and just doing it by yourself means you are really focused and you are a really skilled guy. Congratulations again and I am patiently waiting for the release

  • Orinoco68

    Such a massive undertaking for just one person. Am floored at your skill and determination. Take all the time you need πŸ™‚ After following you throughout the development, I’m keen to see it completed to a standard you’re pleased with.