Dev Update #9

I’ve been working on farm animals:




More Info

Some animals (e.g. Dairy Cows) are intended to be kept only for their milk/wool/etc, some (e.g. Hogs) only for their meat, and some (e.g. Chickens) for both!


You can “inspect” animals to see info about their mood, hunger, affection towards you, etc.

Keep your animal happy (and maximize production) like so:

  • Pet once a day
  • Make sure she has enough food
  • Let her outside if the weather is warm
  • Make sure she is secure at night
  • Purchase a heater to counteract the unhappiness of being inside all winter

Happy animals produce more valuable products!



I’ve also been working on some secret “farm events” that I won’t reveal!

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚



  • Linka

    Interesting. You’ll actually be able to kill animals for meat? Sure is a change from the fish/produce diet of Harvest Moon games!

    • shane

      Like Shephard’s Crossing 2!

  • Pamela Collins

    This looks awesome! Loving your expanded ideas and all your beautiful textures. =)

  • Smurf

    Oh man I can’t wait.

  • Magzilla

    So awesome! That sheep looks super adorable! I dunno if I’ll have to heart to kill it, though. :/
    I really like that option, however, to sell meat products.
    It all looks great!! Every time I see new art or read about how you’re continuously improving this game, it makes me smile and giggle like a maniac! Thank you so much for all your hard work!!

  • YoukaiZone

    Can’t wait for the game to be released, it’ll be glorious.

  • Sam

    Via your butchering knife O_O *shocked* Oh hell i have to think about how i teach my boyfriend that this isnt a valuable source of money ….

    I am glad that you also give us farm animals (i would have been a bit disappointed if not i guess xD ) but i really like this “Give them fresh grass when possible but prepare for winter” – this leads to a strategy thinking which i really appreciate!

    And your info graphic looks really neat πŸ™‚ Good job!

  • Mouaku

    You continue to impress πŸ™‚ I hope that keeping your animals alive is most profitable though, don’t think I would have to heart to kill them hehe.

  • Mouaku

    You continue to impress πŸ™‚ I hope that keeping your animals alive and going to for the long haul is most profitable though.. don’t think I would have the heart to kill them hehe.

    • ConcernedApe

      Yeah, keeping your animals alive will be most profitable (and kindest!), although a little more work.

  • Dekukvothe

    An update :D!! Animals look awesome!!

    I have a question. How do the animals have offspring?
    Using a “magic potion” like in the harvest moon games?

    Thanks for reading my question. You’re awesome! πŸ˜€

    • ConcernedApe

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I haven’t quite decided on how offspring will work. For egg layers, you’ll incubate the eggs, but as far as barn dwellers go… either a “magic potion” or “have your animal spend the night at the neighbor’s farm”

      • Lydia

        It would be so cool if it was a HM: Wonderful Life where there were male and female animals, but also magic potions. It would be so awesome to have perks to breeding animals like that.

        Also, how many animals will a farm be allowed?

  • James Webb

    Ducks and geese would be an excellent addition. Geese maybe flying away during winter and only returning if they’re been treated well… Both needing water to thrive and the amount of water dictating how many of them will stay happy.
    Just a couple of ideas. So far I am really excited about this game.
    Now I can see you’ve gone for actual deaths being possible for the cute little blighters, are we going to see predators? Foxes getting into the hen house etc?

  • Fireofchaos

    Good job again, Ape. This game reminds me a lot to Harvest Moon. I found this game searching about HM like games, and I found this page. I felt bad just because is not released, but then I noticed that is developed by one of the Starbounds developers, I’m wrong?
    I’m native spanish, and I can translate keeping the good meaning and with sense, so if you want me to translate something of the game just ask, I have a good english level, I think.

    • ConcernedApe

      Thanks, and nope, I’m not a Starbound developer. Chucklefish is my publisher, but we are not working on each others’ games at all.

  • dark dragon

    it’s so great, keep up the good work please πŸ˜€

  • Rodrigo Deus

    So, again… Translations? I think it’s the third time I ask about this.

    • ConcernedApe

      I will consider translations when the game is done and the dialogue is finalized. I don’t want to limit my ability to change dialogue at this point for fear of breaking translations. Also, I’m not sure how much demand there is… that will be more clear when the game is available in english.

      • Rodrigo Deus

        Thanks for the info! I’ll keep coming to check every once in a while and I’ll contact again when the game is done.

  • Gamer_Fries

    I really hate this game for one reason, it’s not out yet!

  • Eric Snodgrass

    Everything looks great! Can’t wait until I can buy it!

  • Daniel PraΓ§a Mendes

    As a big harvest moon fan, i’m really waiting for this game to be released, its looking really good

  • Mouko

    I noticed the comment about ‘keeping them secure’. Does that mean there’s wild animals at night? Oooh, will we need pets like sheepdogs to protect our animals?

  • Camomylle Yasha

    I follow the updates since the beginning and I have question for you?
    -Would it be possible to have an estimate when the game will be released

    thank you

    • ConcernedApe

      It’s hard to say, but it will probably still take some months. The only thing I feel comfortable saying is “some time this year”.

      • Camomylle Yasha

        so i will have Stardew Valley For Christmas?

      • Heather Sanders

        will you be doing preorders?

        • Pockets Pansies

          please, please let us throw money at you?! We are desperate for this game!!!!

  • Adrian Azan

    How I feel after every update


    • LB Whittington

      Hahaha yes!

  • Andrew

    ‘Bout dern time you updated us on your handiwork!

    Be sure you let us know when you have a release window, so I can stop playing the Rune Factory games before Stardew Valley comes out. I don’t want to be burnt out on farming before it does ;D

    • Luke

      Not possible to be burnt out on farming πŸ˜‰

  • AndrewNotBen

    Would pigs be able to search for truffles?

    • ConcernedApe

      Yup, there are two kinds of pigs in Stardew Valley: Hogs (meat only) and Truffle Pigs (they are trained to root out truffles from the ground).

  • FierceRogue

    I really <3 all of the designs and artwork in this game. Great job CA! πŸ˜€

  • Ps Tymier

    Farm events ehh? Sounds like Chicken fights, Chicken x Cow drama, and confused farm animals thinking they are another specie. I’m intredested :] Keep up the good work guys

  • Harvest Moon Fan

    IS this game “Never-Ending” or do you have a certain amount of years to complete it all? would really like to be never ending just my opinion though

    • ConcernedApe

      It’s never-ending! You have a certain time to complete a big “Story arc” but the game doesn’t end or change in a substantial way afterwards. It’s just a means to give you a big goal to work towards, if you want it.

  • Junpei

    Hey Concerned ape the game is looking cool and its getting better with each update, I’m just wondering would you be able to do an interview for my YouTube channel?

  • LB Whittington

    I’m so looking forward to this game!

  • Rrueya

    My plan is to be humane and hide the butchers knife in the mines from prying hands! πŸ˜€

  • Caio

    I am Brazilian and I am expecting too much for this game, it looks wonderful

  • GameOver

    will they be a way to release animals from barn without taking them out one at a time i always hated that in HM games

  • Caio

    I am Brazilian and it seems that this game will be wonderful, I’m expecting too much for this game πŸ™‚

  • Luke

    Love the idea of auto feeders, looking forward to upgraded buildings doing work for me πŸ˜€

  • fedora

    can there be llamas?

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  • Maeka

    Nice update. Can’t wait to get my hands on this game!

  • pinkcatmint

    I really love that you can use a heater to reduce stress on your animals during the Winter. That is a fabulous idea! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda

    finally, we can slaughter the animals for meat. =D *that sounds so much more evil and sadistic then I mean it to be. xD)

  • Rodney

    When will there be a preorder started for this game. I already know I need 4 copies.

  • Sasha Ilin

    Can’t wait for the game to be released,

  • AndrΓ© Lusegardis

    I am so in need of this game *—–*

  • MithranAkanere

    I’m going to make a completely vegetarian farm.

    Animal will only eat vegetables.

    Then we get to eat the animals.

  • littlepulco

    PLEASE horses.I need horses to ride.I cant explore if there isnt a happy fast horse to ride.

  • Awh man! I am totally stoked! Everything looks so much more beautiful and lovely every time I check back! Definitely looking forward to playing the game, Basil! :3

  • Cory

    I hope there is a dog or companion pet you can get like in Harvest moon!

  • Nisha Jones

    Just asking do you have to kill the animals yourself or do you just sell them?

  • layres

    Will there be different varieties of animals? Such as different breeds of cows or different colors of goats?

  • olisr

    ConcernedApe, I just wanted to point out that putting a heater in a barn full of animals doesn’t make much sense. In the winter, the combined body heat of the barn animals if more than enough (too much even) to keep them warm.

  • MatrixDragon

    Are you going to add turkeys too? That’d be cool πŸ˜€