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Dev Update #32

Happy holidays, everyone!

Lately there’s been a lot of discussion within the community about the release timetable of Stardew Valley. It’s been weighing heavily on my mind, and I’ve spent many hours discussing the different possibilities with my publisher. It seems to boil down to two options:

1. Wait to launch the game until both single player and multiplayer are completely finished.

2. Launch the finished single player first and then add in multiplayer at a later date.

The matter is further complicated by the various ways in which these options could be executed (early access, beta, etc.). As I had mentioned in my last post, I was planning on doing some kind of public beta this month. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up being feasible for logistical reasons. However, it’s always been important to me that you guys get to play the finished game as soon as possible. You’ve all been very supportive of Stardew Valley for so long and I want to do everything in my power to repay that kindness. It feels wrong to delay the game for months to finish multiplayer when I have a complete single-player version ready for you to play.

That’s why I’ve decided to launch the single player version of Stardew Valley while I continue to work on multiplayer.

I feel good about this option because I believe single player is a full and wonderful experience; I wouldn’t release it if I felt differently. Multiplayer will certainly add new depth and fun to the game, and that’s why I’m still committed to finishing it. But delaying single player as a result doesn’t really benefit anyone. It’s clear to me now that multiplayer will still take many months of work. While waiting for the full SP/MP release would likely maximize sales, I think that this staggered approach will be better for you guys and for my own peace of mind.

I don’t know the release date for this single player version yet. There’s still a small amount of work to be done on single player before it’s completely ready. I will let you know the exact date as soon as I can!

 

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Right now I’m adding steam achievements to the game.

As always, thanks for reading!

-ConcernedApe

 

  • StorpTrooper Cain

    I love you <3

  • Pesawat Melintas

    I prefer no.1, wait for both single and multiplayer completely finished.

    • Teien

      Well, he have decided to release SP first.

      • Pesawat Melintas

        I’ll buy it anyway. lol

    • Keith Ferguson

      Yeah I agree, It’s a pretty big let down. I’m nowhere near as excited for the release as I was yesterday. I’m sure the game will still be great, I was just really looking forward to multiplayer.

      • BeinDraug

        Well it’s not as if a multiplayer version wont exist.

      • Teien

        You can still look forward to the multiplayer though. The only difference now is that you can actually play Stardew Valley while waiting on the multiplayer. You can even wait on multiplayer and then buy it if you want to! have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Digus

        Multiplayer will probably be better now that CA will be fully focused on it’s development after singleplayer is released, and not trying to rush it to released the whole thing soon.

      • DarthVronton

        Part of the draw for this game for me was that I could play with my friends and husband, so yeah I’m a bit disappointed, but not surprised.

        • Vera Green

          Multiplayer is still happening? I don’t see how you are losing out? If you don’t want to play single player, just wait for the multiplayer release and then buy it???

      • Craig

        I figure singleplayer release, with the huge number of players trying out the game, will help multiplayer be even better than it could have been.

      • Vera Green

        The multiplayer is still coming. Just wait until it comes out (the time frame for which hasn’t changed due to this decision) before you buy it. This doesn’t change when you get access to multiplayer, it just means we all get access to single player sooner.

  • Teien

    You have no idea how happy you just made me <3

  • Nikky

    Excitement intensifies!

  • Gem0625

    I’m so excited. I can’t wait.

  • Digus

    Great news!
    I really think you made the right decision.
    And I don’t believe it will hurt sales at all on the long run, if both multiplayer and singleplayer end up being great experiences.

    • ElectricPrism

      Indeed it wont, they key to push sales is regular waves of content updates and communication with the player-base.

      • Digus

        Yeah, that’s what I think. Less people may buy it now without multiplayer, but if singleplayer alone has a great release, when multiplayer is released it will double the exposure time, and more people will find about the game, which can make the game sell even more.
        The only way I see the game selling less for been released in without multiplayer first is if singleplayer is bad, which no one here believe it will be.

      • SomeCollegeStudent

        Speaking of which. It’ll probably be a good idea if CA updated the Steam page for this game and announce that he is about to release this game. I’m betting a lot of people think this game is “dead” because the steam page hasn’t seen many updates.

  • kab00mbaby

    Hey Eric,

    I am happy that you made a decision that you feel good about. And I think that it was the right one.

    Following question:

    Will you charge the full price and add MP later as an update, or will you charge less for initial SP and make the MP a DLC / Addon with a separate price?

    Cheers.

    • ConcernedApe

      Full price (which will be very modest & imo totally worth it for SP alone) with MP as a free update.

      • Teien

        I totally agree with full price!

      • kab00mbaby

        Thanks for the quick reply. I’d personally pay later for the MP part aswell. No doubt it will be awesome and add a whole new level to the game.
        I really think SV will be a big hit and you will eventually get the reward you deserve for all the hard work and love you put into this Eric.
        So that you can continue to make awesome games and do the things you love.

        Cheers

        • Zael

          Same as what was with Don’t Starve & Don’t Starve Together.

        • ElectricPrism

          That’s key, money isn’t the end all be all but it sure does help make it easier to focus on whats important – in this case SV maturing and growing up.

          Terraria has sold something like like 100 Million Dollars if SV gets even 1% of that I would be greatly pleased on CA’s behalf as I’m sure it would enable expediting immersion in Content Creation for SV.

      • Reven

        Another question completely out of curiosity. Do you have a price point in mind already?

      • Magzilla

        I’ll give you all my moneyyyyy

  • Jess

    3 words : THANK YOU APE

  • Dan

    Yes!! Finally….

  • Klintt

    Thank you for thinking to us and releasing singleplayer and I cant wait to buy Stardew Valley!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oath 2 Order

    oh.

    well okay then.

    this is a nice surprise.

  • OMG THATS AWESOME!!! <3

  • OhHaiMe

    As someone who doesnโ€™t give a flying poo about multiplayer I am very happy you are letting me play the single player sooner.

  • SimiIV

    Thank you CA. This is good news to me…

  • Sznejk

    Almost There…

  • FuzzyBubbles

    I CANNOT CONTAIN THE HYPE RIGHT NOW. I’m so unbelievably excited for this and the game looks amazing as it is. So damn excited to get into this.

  • sharlike

    Very exciting news! Can’t wait to get my hands on it. Multiplayer would be really fun, but for now I think a SP release is a good choice.

  • ohilin

    YASSS

  • Sofia Cortes

    thank you! and please create some very hard achievements to the game please!

  • BeinDraug

    As someone who was only ever likely to play this single player i am very happy to hear.this. Thank you very much for your concern and kindness towards us as the players

    • Black Kitty

      Agreed

    • Chris Thompson

      He truly has always kept our interests at heart, through the entirety of this development. With him pushing single player, instead of making us wait for multiplayer to be in the game first. Even when he’s projecting better sales by waiting for multiplayer to be in the game. He’s willing to take a personal financial hit, just to make us happy. Brings a tear to my eye :,)

      • Erik Althaluz Holmen

        This is one of the few games i would early acess, never forget cubeworld .. never forgive..

  • rilut

    It’s completely okay though. We’re worried about your health and sanity.

    • ElectricPrism

      It can be very taxing working up to that “one perfect launch” with 0 funds, I’ve done it and being a 1 man stop shop makes it even more crazy.

      Believe it or not time of year also plays a role, I think it would be unwise to release before January 15th as the Internet is a very slow place as people are traveling and still engaged in family activities.

      The key is to hook Teens and Tweens in order to get a explosion inside the School system of SV, most major games have had this be the case as part of their success – Minecraft, Terraria, etc…

      Of course I’ll play SV with my Wife and I’m sure @concernedape:disqus may have had oversights during development as it “always” takes a village to raise a video game.

      The time for employing 100% focus on development is now over and secondary leadership roles need to cause this thing to fly, we need news stores on blogs and gaming websites, steam front-page billboard, etc…

      You know your own Mojo bro so work your magic and grow into the leader that SV needs to triumph, it’s certainly unmatched in the market and no doubt will define a new Genre on PC.

  • Tabitha Hooper

    How exciting! Well, I wish you Happy Holidays ConcernedApe (and to everyone else as well).

    Ps. I’m curious how you will be handling beta testing. Will this be handled through here and the forums or on Steam?

    • firekirby135

      I think you misread the post, Beta is no longer on the table. We’re simply getting the complete Stardew Valley Singleplayer, with the Multiplayer being added at a future date. I’m sure it’ll be on Steam, and only time (mixed with success) will tell if ports are made.

      • Tabitha Hooper

        Ah I see! Thanks!

  • Diovos

    Can we count on 2 or 4-packs to be available on Steam upon release?
    Also, thanks for the update!

    • Zael

      Definitely getting those, as I want to spread this gem around. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Facundo Mรกrtin

    Ape, I was wondering, will you give us a 4 people pack discount like starbound? Becouse I would be very interested in gifting a copy to my sister and some friends…

  • footsoldier

    Excellent decision.

  • Aranda Paige

    It is a day 1 buy for me. So as soon as you set a release date, BAM! Gonna get it. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    It looks so good! I can’t believe a game like this is coming to the PC.

  • Darosk

    I hope the MP will come soon too … we wait with 4 players :).

    Damn that game looks so nice looking forward to play it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Digus

      It will not be soon. That is the reason they are releasing singleplayer earlier.
      ConcernedApe did a Q&A and they estimated about 5 mouths for complete multiplayer:
      http://www.twitch.tv/leth
      But the multiplayer experience will probably be better now that he will have time to fully focus on it after singleplayer releases.

      • Craig

        If they get a few that are really hungry, or have a huge one, maybe it will only take 2-3 mouths!

        • Darosk

          For me 5 month is soon ;).

          I wait a few years for that game now … so 5 month is nothing it would be nice when the MP would Work Christmas 2016 ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I doubt he’ll have time to fully focus on MP when SP gets released and all those bug reports from players start coming in (because no game is ever completely free of bugs..) – but I do hope MP will be ready by the end of the year, that would be nice. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Digus

          I know. There is already trusted people playing the game, and CA is constantly fixing bugs and change the version more than once a day.
          We can hope there will not be much bugs left after the game release, since he won’t be able to change the version that much after release.

  • Vatusia

    This is very good news! I’m glad to hear it, and I’m looking forward to playing SP! I’ve been stealthily following for a couple years and just made an account today to say, “Thank you! Take my money!”

  • Kinjax

    Awesome news, can’t wait to purchase it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dfgzdfg

    This is the best new i have received in the last month, but will be the second when stardew valley gets released ;D

  • Zachary Coleman

    I am so excited. I’m gonna buy this for me and all my friends and we can compare experiences until multiplayer comes out. So excited take my money!

  • kerfuffle

    The bit about your peace of mind is so important. If you don’t stay happy with the process, you won’t continue the process (aka continue working on it, finish MP, etc.), and everyone ends up unhappy in the long run.

    Keep following your bliss, CA. That the rest of us will get an amazeballs game out of it eventually is just cake. <3

    • ElectricPrism

      This. The product needs to exit the starting gates even if it’s not flawless, to wait too-patiently could really harm CA’s happiness with the project growing.

  • mikemichaelson

    Your dedication to your fans is truly admirable, and has been evident since I heard about your project, years ago. I’m grateful and can’t wait! =+D

  • dylan brown

    Great news ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t have anyone I’d want to play this with anyways – It’s not the sort of game most of my friends play – but personally really looking forward to it ๐Ÿ™‚

    BTW – Is your publisher going to do beta tests ? If you only test it yourself it’s gonna be full of bugs at launch – not through lack of diligence – but one person can’t possibly test it enough – or on all the different types of hardware (GPU / CPU / OS etc) that players have.

    • Zael

      There’s also the question of the creator having a certain set of mind and expectations, and one needs to really go against those to catch all of the bugs. Helps a great deal to have outside help with testing.

    • Digus

      Chucklefish already beta tested the game, and now other people they trust are doing it too.
      No need to worry.

  • Zael

    Awesome! Thank you CA!
    (Though I’ll likely really start putting hours when the multiplayer gets released.)

    PS. Copyright year hasn’t been updated in a while. (Bottom of the page.)

  • Jesse Tucker

    Keep up the great work Ape! No one knows your game better than you and I trust you’ll make the best choice with the release. Looking forward to playing!

  • Wsensor

    I would like to wait for multiplayer. But either way it works as I doubt anyone would play with me… My friends are jerks darnit!

  • Christabelle89

    Thanks for the update ConcernedApe. I am truly truly excited and can not wait. Eeeekkkkk ๐Ÿ˜€ <3

  • Bouncing in my chair right now. Glad to hear that the release is coming soon. I was one of those that didn’t really care about MP, but having it would be considered a bonus. I just really wanted a Harvest Moon-like game for PC that I could play, because I haven’t played anything close to it in sooooo long.

  • Gabriel Clark

    I’m thankful you’re so thoughtful and intentional with how you go about all this. I will definitely be supporting you, as I can.

  • armedshark

    As one of the fans who was specifically looking forward to the single player game, this is wonderful news to me. Best of luck finishing up the game; I look forward to playing it as soon as it is released. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Zurukuro

    Man, you’re such a great dev! I wish Midora’s dev was so clear, respectful and friendly like you. I’m checking everyday if it’s possible to buy yet. Nice work, Ape! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gavaevodata

    Right decision IMO. Would love to play this game before school starts back in February.

  • Christopher Veach

    I’m happy with whatever you decide! Please do what’s best for your peace of mind.

  • Angel9RakouCobra

    This news is like a present in itself. <3
    (And your dedication to your game is really an inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  • Awesome news can’t wait to play this, will be buying this for friends and family for sure.

  • coolLane

    You probably can’t answer this now but once the game releases will there be beta updates for people to test and give feedback on multiplayer?

  • WatcherCCG

    You’ve done right by me, CA. This was the ideal method. It worked for Don’t Starve, and I know it’ll work for Stardew. I just hope you’re comfortable with this decision. I appreciate all the work that’s gone into this game, and once it’s ready, you’ll have my money. Guaranteed.

  • Superr Mann

    Awesome. Keep up the great work.

  • Craig

    Update: Yes, please do a 2 and/or 3 or 4 pack I would purchase that instead of the single copy–even knowing it doesn’t have multiplayer yet.

    Yes! I haven’t bought at game at full price in—years, I’m not sure how many. This will be my first launch day purchase in quite some time! I love Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, games in those categories so I’ve been following this one closely–the PC just really hasn’t had much to offer until your game came along!

  • Craig

    I would love to purchase this for Christmas, or at least gift the pre-orders… I know that is soon but here’s hoping.

    • momo

      His twitter says it will probably be released after christmas ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • Trey Siemens

    Love what I’ve seen so far, just want you to know I am literally only excited about this game for multiplayer. But I will happily wait for the completed game. Please don’t lose drive after releasing SP!

    • Vera Green

      If anything, with no release at all and increasingly frustrated fans, he’d be more likely to lose steam before release if he waited to release the complete game in 5 or 6 months time.

  • firekirby135

    Literally just cheered out loud when I read the “decided to launch the single player version” line. No, I mean it, sister peeked into my room to make sure I was okay and everything. With that said, it should come as no surprise that I. AM. STOKED.

    I do want to brace myself though, so if you don’t mind, would you at the very least be comfortable in answering whether or not it will be released by the end of Winter? Don’t take this the wrong way, I’ve waited this long, I can wait a bit longer. I just wanna know if I should prepare my wallet with the money I’m about to throw at my screen or if I’m clear to accumulate more for the future release. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • momo

      Twitter says after Christmas, it’s vague but that’s all we know.

  • Pocc

    Look, it’s a Christmas Disappointmiracle. They say if the ConcernedApe crawls out of it’s hole and sees it’s shadow, there’ll be six more months of no multiplayer.

  • J. G. Blue

    I’ll be holding off playing until My wife and I can play together. But kudos! Keep up the great work! Can’t wait!

  • David Ballard

    Woo hoo!

  • Prens

    Thanks for the update, CA. Happy Holidays to you as well. <3

  • Chihuly

    I for one, am glad to hear this. My money will be in your face the moment single-player is out.

  • Caio Fraga da Luz

    Have you ever thought of hiring another programmer to help you with the additional tasks after your first launch of the game when you will have some money?

  • KernelPanic

    Is there a chance the game will be released on GOG.com as well? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dr.Strangelove

    Bless you Ape.

  • Muragosch

    So i will buy the game in the end of next year, with Multiplayer. I want to enjoy the “first time” feelings in a group with my friend.

  • Jaycee Catubay

    OMG It’s almost heeeeeeeeere T.T been waiting for so loooooong :'( I got a job so that I could just pay for this!!!! XD

  • Vera Green

    I’m definitely buying it first day!!! I literally just had a small attack of excitement oh my godddd! I have been looking forward to this game for so long! I don’t have any friends so it’s not like I was going to play multiplayer anyway.

  • Kye Kelvin

    Thanks for the update !! Can’t wait to play the game !!

  • Jรบnior Nascimento

    To be available this year will still be one of the games of the year in the steam from the list.
    The game is extraordinarily beautiful!
    Congratulations ConcernedApe!

  • Tony Crabbe

    Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ Cant wait to play. You certainly deserve this game to be a great hit, and I wish you great success ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nyanadventurer the second

    No offense, but i feel it IS about time we got to play this game, even just in single player mode…oh… and keep up the great work

  • djrezzie

    I believe it is the best decision. That way i can play single player first. It gives me a reason to replay it when multiplayer comes out

  • Troll

    Some very welcome news for those of us who really want the Single Player part soon. Much appreciated for your dedication to the game and those of us awaiting it with impatience.

    An important point concerning the MP part is that it should get proper advertisement when released on its main selling platforms. For example having it show in new releases on Steam instead of just a barely noticeable update on the store page.

  • Lee Everett

    Can’t Wait

  • Peter Schelvis

    YEAAHH;D i cant wait, i like SP more anyway ;D

  • BricAbraC

    I will never play in multiplayer mode so I’m happy about this decision. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

  • SomeCollegeStudent

    Sweet. I do look forward to playing a polished single player experience.

  • Amanda

    Yay! I support this idea. I hate when games get held back just because of multiplayer, specially since i’m more the single player type of person myself. Plus, I have full faith that you will put your all into making the wait worth it for those who do want it.

    Looking forward to finally playing this. =)

  • Blitzs

    I’m actually gonna wait for multiplayer to play with my friend.
    Is single player and multiplayer that different? Will the multiplayer have the full Stardew Valley experience?

    • momo

      He was vague about this, but in most sense the multiplayer is still in the design concept stage.

  • jaykaylol

    I’ve very happy with this decision! and I hope that the negative feedback from a handful of ‘fans’ hasn’t discouraged you at all from reaching to what you consider is the full potential of your game. There are a ton of positive vocal fans who are rooting for you, but we’re not the only ones who will be playing your game upon release. Gotta think about the thousands on Steam (or where ever else this will be sold) who are more concerned with a finished fun game than an early release.
    I’m very excited, and I’m very impressed with the work you’ve done so far. Thank you for sharing it. (:

  • Allan

    Dude, thanks a lot for this. Just don’t forgot to make awesome MP!

  • Magicc Callanta

    I just recently stumbled on this, and it is exciting, I can’t wait for the release, this looks better than any of the present harvest Moon games so far, I hope it will be released soon, or this holiday season.. It would be a really great gift!!

  • yoh1612

    Ok here is what you should do release the game with singleplayer but dont make it a early acces just release it as a full game and then when you finish multiplayer you will “patch” it in. That way people will not see stardew valley as an unfinished game.

    • momo

      …He just stated he is releasing the game as single player (full release) and multiplayer will come later in the year.

  • Matt Jones

    I hope you do very well from this release! Do you think this will be your only game? or have you got any hidden ideas/ambitions?

  • Marintha

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES. I do really intend to play multiplayer, but I will definitely play the crap out of single player. I have been waiting for this game (patiently, no criticism!) for so long, I can’t hardly believe we’re even close to the end.

    Thank you so much for everything you’ve done so far and plan to do! And steam achievements? Heck yeeeesssss!

  • Chilly

    I’ve been waiting for this and I will continue to wait. It is worth all my time. This is a game that has added everything that has been missing from the Harvest Moon series since my childhood. Single player release will definitely be welcomed! Thank you!!!

  • ElectricPrism

    @concernedape:disqus I’m proud of you, believe it or not I believe in you. I’ll be among the first to cheer you on, you can do this m8, now go makes up proud so we can be proud of you and witness your hard work fly ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It’s good to see that you’re back on your meds.

      • ElectricPrism

        It’s amazing what a gallon of bleach a day can do for the body

  • ElectricPrism

    @concernedape:disqus Can you set a thing up to start taking Pre-Orders? This is especially the time of year to do that within the next 5 days.

    • momo

      Not sure if pre orders will happen since the release seems to be aimed for next year (like after new years so..).

      • firekirby135

        Steam does allow for that though, so it is a possibility that can be looked into.

      • ElectricPrism

        The sooner we shove 5k-100k into his pocket the better

  • Reven

    This is awesome. I’ve been heavily interested in this game as a fan of the Bokujou Monogatari games (Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons) for a long time, and this has been like the game I’ve been waiting for. Taking aspects of those and bringing a new and different touch to it on PC. I hope the answer is it’s coming fairly soon, I’d love to snag up a copy of it while doing my christmas shopping as thats when I’ve got the most opportunity to buy it. I can’t wait (though I can, finish what you need to before releasing it of course.)

  • SolidSnake916

    The second this hits steam store, im buying it, HELLS YEAH!!! Anyone need link, add it to favorites and watching and you ill be alerted. http://store.steampowered.com/app/413150/

    • Pesawat Melintas

      I’m going to check the store for at least 5 times a day. I feel so desperate to play the game. *sobs*

  • SoulSTD

    you are doing a great job, i’ll be waiting every day for the realese… and my friends too! let’s talk about this game to everyone ๐Ÿ˜€ we support you!

  • Glad to hear that you’re continuing on working and polishing this game, rather than just throwing it out into early access like a lot of game developers are doing right now. It definitely helps being able to give this community the chance to experience the game. Keep up the great work man!

  • Magzilla

    <3 <3 <3

  • harley9699

    Excellent decision for me! SP only. Ever.

  • I think it’s a good decision. Can’t wait!

  • Windof Ice

    OMG. I’m so happy. Thank you soo much CA, you made my day!!!

  • Anthony Kay

    i can’t wait, i wanted MP for youtube let’s play reasons but releasing SP shall give me a chance to get good at the game and then when MP is released i can give a good show to my fans.

    soon as i see the option to buy-in i dont care how much it is, it’ll be purchased.

  • LaxoraNZ

    Thank you for putting so much time, love, and effort into this project! I’m incredibly excited to be able to play this and I for one was mainly after singleplayer so if you had chosen to delay the release until you finished multiplayer I would have been a bit sad, respectful of your decision but still sad. I look forward to being able to give you my money, and possibly even more of my money because I want to show my support by buying more copies to give to friends or the like!

    Again thank you for your dedication to this project, and I eagerly await the day when I can make you shut up and take my money! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Zelnick

    Here’s hoping for a release on GOG or a DRM free version from your own site.

  • Mitz gamer

    yes!! (i will have to save some money for this… if it says no where else, what’s the price gonna be about?) no need to buy a harvest moon game when you can play a fanmade one on PC!!! (but i still might buy one in the future)

    • momo

      he doesn’t know the price until release date, but he mentioned it will be very affordable.

  • moniablox

    Releasing the game without multiplayer (Of course patching it in later!) Is an awesome idea! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thank you soooooooo much Ape! You made a great choice. I appreciate your hard work, you deserve to have the title “Greatest, Independent Developer!” ^-^

  • Snusbagaren

    It’s getting closer and closer, I’m STOKED!!!
    I would have said wait for SP/MP, but I do see why would want to get SP out there and focus 100% on Multiplayer.
    Though I’m a realist and know that when it has been released you will most likely have to deal with some unforeseen bugs that will take some time.
    As long as MP does not takes thaaaaaaaaaat long I’m good as long as I get to play it at all ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Eywan

    If this game is available for pre-order on Steam I will definitely take advantage of that option. I’ve had some bad luck in the past with pre-orders, but I have an unusual (for me) amount of faith in CA’s dedication to this project. Releasing the single player game first is the right decision. I rarely play multiplayer when single player is available; if I do, it is more out of curiosity than ‘desire to win’ or ‘desire for social gaming’. I usually try to avoid playing with others.

  • Klintt

    Happy holidays, Eric! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • bonesbussard

    Always supportive ! it will be completely worth the wait, and we are all super excited for the game ^-^

  • Jรบnior Nascimento

    It will only be available in the final version?

  • BamaUndergrad

    I was just going to play single player anyway, so that’s A-ok with me. Very exciting news! I’ve been following this site for a year or so, and it’s very exciting to be the on the cusp of the game’s release. Thank you for all your hard work!

  • vomov

    Well, I (and most people I know) don’t care for multiplayer at all, so you’ve just made my day! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jessica Drehmann

    I already added the game wo my Steam Wishlist when you put it up there. I just browsed the list of games thast will be released soon, and there it was, at the end of the very last page, and i’ve to admit, seeing the game on steam send chills down my back, because i’m really looking forward to play it.

    It reminds me so much in every way of Harvest Moon for our good ol’ SNES. I think i played through this game 3 (almost 4) times, to marry all the available girls in the game (which i didn’t in the very end) and experience all their little stories. I kinda miss the golden era of the SNES, really. Harvest Moon was something completly new, never seen before, and like the perfect game for me.

    Right now i’m checking every day if the game is for sale yet, because it’ll be an insta-buy for me! โ™ฅ

  • Peter Schelvis

    i really wished for it to be released before christmas D;

  • Swampman

    any news about when it’ll be release.i mean christmas is just around the corner.was hoping to play this for holiday.

  • Deewin

    darn, This would be one heck of an xmas gift to myself if it came out this year ๐Ÿ™ WIth no timeline I’m really worried that even though the SP is practically done that it won’t be out until the spring, or later. But either way, I’m sure it will be worth the wait! I hope.

  • Trent Jackson

    This is awesome news Ape. Since my friends aren’t likely to buy your game (it’s not their style), I was probably only going to play in SP anyway. If your decision does in fact hurt sales, then we are grateful for your sacrifice. Its good to see a passionate developer when they are few and far between these days (:

  • Jรบnior Nascimento

    Will available later this year? Thank you!

    • momo

      Twitter says after new year.

  • Michael Proctor

    Been following this game since near the beginning and with the game so close to coming out I feel giddy. Although I desperately want to play this with my friend when it first comes out, if waiting on multiplayer means I get to play it much sooner, then I think it’s a good idea. Because I can’t wait any longer. XD This is the game I’ve been wanting for so, so many years.

    Also, the single players can help polish the game up, catch bugs and such while you keep working on the multiplayer. I’m going to love going through the whole game with my friend. I know he’s been wanting this game even more than I do. If that’s possible. He’s the one that found it actually.

  • Niklas

    The best christmas gift/info for all of us waiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Deewin

    Thank you for not doing a kickstarter for this and giving us a false estimated release date. That would REALLY upset people, especially if you said it would come out before xmas. I’ll continue to wait and I hope this game delivers!

  • Sean Welch

    Honestly, i would wait until multiplayer and all is finished because if it loses hype from not having the thing that sets this apart from harvest moon and such (multiplayer) it may lose alot of fan base and be let down to people who don’t fully understand why you released a single player version, just my thoughts, im a big fan and i’ve been following this for a long time, and even tho i want it, i feel you shouldn’t rush it or settle for anything less than it being 100% complete

  • JaiantPanda

    I am so excited for this game. I have been so excited for this game for years. Pls.

  • Stormfeather

    Yaaay, I’m another one not really planning on playing multiplayer (or at the very least, can definitely wait to do so), so I’m really happy about this. Also getting tired of beta testing games that are “released,” so kinda like that you didn’t shove a beta at us. I’d have played it, just to start playing, but… I think this is the right choice.

  • Alulu

    Awh! Multiplayer will still be a while? Q~Q My sisters and I are dying to play this game together. I will try not to play single player yet because I don’t want to spoil it for myself when we all get to play. Unless these butts decide to play without me. xD Thanks Ape! I’ve been following this game for couple years now and I cannot wait for the release!!

  • Malachxaviel

    I’m going to buy this and play the hell out of it. Then when multiplayer comes out, I’ll buy a second copy so I can play with myself.

  • Megan

    Today is my birthday and this game being released is my birthday wish. Please!

    • momo

      Early release in the new year!

  • Khalus

    Oh thank goodness ya came around Ape! Was losing interest rapidly after hearing that we single players had to wait for multiplayer. Now hurry up and polish the game so I can give you money!

    If ya read this, on the achievement note, please make some truly grindy ones that take awhile to unlock. Like catch 10,000 fish, grow 12,000 carrots, whack 20,000 bushes kill 100,000 enemies while exploring dungeons, etc Will be very disappointed if most of them are cheesy checkpoint unlocks… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Digus

      I much prefer achievements as checkpoints and easter eggs than big grind ones.
      The only point of “truly” grind achievements is to make people repeat a action unwilling and take away hours of their lives to satisfy their need for completion, and left other completionist who don’t have time for this pissed off.

    • McWhite
    • Ugh, I hope he doesn’t add such grindy achievements. I’d prefer some fun ones, that are a challenge but not a repetitive waste of time!

  • Jenny

    I’ve been following the updates and are so glad to hear its close to completion. Good call on the multiplayer, it will be good to get a feel for the game before trying the multiplayer.

    • Jรบnior Nascimento

      Yeah!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Angela Fontana

    I’m so glad it’s coming out soon, I’m so ready.

    On the other hand though I checked and Maru’s face has been changed?! NOOOOO HER LONG BUSHY HAIR AND TURTLENECK/OVERALL COMBO WAS SO CUTE. She’s still cute but looks so plain now.

  • RedDire

    I love you, @concernedape:disqus
    :^)

  • Shawn Dugger

    Congratulations on coming so close to release. I can’t wait to try this. PC needs a game like the one you’re offering and I’m buying as soon as it comes out!

  • mrwu

    Does someone know if there will be Linux support? That would be really great!

  • Jerรดnimo Gregolini Pucci

    You are the best, Ape! The game is already on my Steam Wishlist! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • M B

    Does someone knows if there will be Max/Linux versions? I have a PC but my best friend is a Harvest Moon addict and I want to gift it to her – but she have a Mac. I don’t want this game to end up like terraria or don’t starve for me, always having to playing alone… but no need for it to be at launch. I can wait.

    • Digus

      From update 30:
      “The game is very close to being finished. I donโ€™t have a set release
      date yet, but it will certainly be out this year. Single player is 99%
      finished, but needs a more polishing and debugging. Multiplayer still
      needs some work, and I am looking into possibly switching to MonoGame,
      which would allow for a Mac and Linux release. I canโ€™t make any promises
      about that, but Iโ€™d really like for it to happen.”

      • M B

        thank you kindly. I’ll hope for the best.

      • M B

        thank you kindly.

  • ElectricPrism

    @concernedape:disqus – Progress update please, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chris Thompson

    I am sooooo excited!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve never felt any need to ask for a release date. From the moment I first found out about, and started following, the development of this game, I’ve always felt it was in the best of hands. You really seem like someone with the talent, inspiration, and imagination to truly make an epic game based off of the Harvest Moon style. This is something that I’ve been wanting for years, and now it will soon be a reality! Only question I still have is this; Will there be any option to continue playing the game, after the main story has been completed? This is the only part of all the Harvest Moon games, that I have never liked. There’s always too much to ever experience, without a walk through telling you exactly what to do. I hate having to replay the game from day 1 many many times and/or finally resorting to a walk through because I know there’s still stuff I’m missing out on, or couldn’t do in the short time allotted per play through.

  • iendsl

    very excited.

  • MC

    Congratulations on making that difficult decision Ape! I had intended to only play this game as single player so this news makes me happy! I hope the sales from the initial release provides the resources you need to manage a launched game with all the feedback and fine tuning that comes with it, along with the work still needed on the multiplayer side of the game.

  • Peter Schelvis

    hey concerned ape, do you have any idea when the pre sales are starting??

  • Snusbagaren

    Gaaaaahh, it says 1 playing on Steam Store…. HYPED ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brandon Chizewick

    I almost can not wait anymore, i have been following since the fishing update. Wondering what the final price tag is going to be.

    • Davin Dirgantara

      ayyy, at last someone say price tag… good i wanna know too, Really wanna know…

  • ลukasz Nadolny

    How many months will you polish yet finished game? ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Pesawat Melintas

    Come here just to say hello.

  • AGHHHHHHHHH I CANT WAITT

  • Dee

    time for an update please!

  • Chris Stinnett

    I’m ready to visit Stardew Valley, when you’re ready to drive me there. I don’t know the route… I’ll pay for gas.

  • Gesa

    I want to play this with all my heart and soul, but I see it won’t be coming out for any platform but Windows. Please for Mac as well? I’ll pay you anything. My soul included ;-;

  • ri r

    just letting you know, i check about daily to see if you have an update. happily patient for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • willpill35

    Could you give us a 2016 update Ape? it would be nice to hear from you since the start of the new year. Even if it does not have any new info it would just be nice ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jess

    One month to the day that I hammer my poor F5 key on this home page, every day, every hour…

    Release date, can’t think of anything else ๐Ÿ™

    • Pesawat Melintas

      Prolly your F5 button

      • Jess

        Exactly !

  • Peter Schelvis

    *cries* im soooo bored, please release this game nowD;

  • TerraBaddie

    This game had me bought as soon as I saw it, just letting you know! ;D I like playing devils advocate, so here I go. >;) As for deciding on when to release it (after single player is done, or after multiplayer is done) I feel like it can be a “lose / lose” battle, or a “win / win” battle. Lemme explain my reasoning hopefully it makes some sense. As for many games on steam that are “early released” some are lazily finished, or discontinued. Now not all of them are like this but the ones that are I’d say are a “lose / lose”, because if the game is released early or before multiplayer is finished. It all depends on how dedicated the developer is to updating / patching the game on a regular basis and keeping it interesting enough to grab more peoples’ interest, which could lead to a “win / win” situation in sales and popularity within the player base. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now if it is decided to wait (How ever long it takes to finish multiplayer, or the game entirely). Then both the situations pertain. “lose / lose” if Story and multiplayer aren’t as good as the player base is looking for at full release, or “win / win”. Where many people in the player base like the single player and multiplayer game play, and the game is frequently updated and patched. Sorry for my paragraph haha, but hopefully someone important reads it. :3

  • Shirou

    yaaay this “Thatโ€™s why Iโ€™ve decided to launch the single player version of Stardew Valley while I continue to work on multiplayer.” is brilliant news for me because I won’t be playing this on multiplayer at all. Only single player :3

  • McWhite

    I wonder what went wrong this time.

  • Lyndsey Evenstar

    Please don’t let the multiplayer go! I’m in it for that experiance.

    • Reven

      Oh he’s going to finish the multiplayer for sure. He just doesn’t want to delay the single player release for 5-6 months, preventing those players from playing just to get multiplayer done. In my opinion it’s the right move. If those who only want the multiplayer want to, they can wait. OR they can check out the single player, and learn how the game plays and be all the better when mp releases ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jake Watkins

    I’m so excited for Stardew, and I’ve never commented on anything on here because I try and not let my hype take over my life xD But I’ve literally have woke up and checked this website every. single. day. for over a year. I get so excited when I see the date change at the top of the post (opposed to seeing the previous post again and again and again.) GAH I JUST CAN’T WAIT <3333

  • Bartosz Styrna

    “While waiting for the full SP/MP release would likely maximize sales, I
    think that this staggered approach will be better for you guys and for
    my own peace of mind” – you don’t see many devs having such a pro-client approach. Wow. As far as I can tell, Stardew Valley is a great success, and I can’t wait to get the game and several more copies for friends when multiplayer hits.

    Come to think of it, continuous updates like this may actually bring out more sales, due to continued support along the way and a major content update in the form of multiplayer later.

  • Twilit Soul

    New fan here! I’ve only played a couple of hours and I love the game already (as does my wife, who also bought it). Just wanted to say the single player already feels amazing, and I can’t wait for multiplayer so I can play with my wife!

  • John Kappo

    As soon as you release multiplayer I’ll buy a 4 pack if its at a discount.

  • Muhammad Aiman

    You’re the best, Concerned Ape. Your masterpiece, Stardew Valley is amazing! Hat’s off to you, sir.