Dev Update #25

Hi everyone,

As I wrote in my last post, I’m currently in the finishing/polishing phase. There’s lots of content that I completed to about 90-95%, often because it needed to reference other aspects of the game I hadn’t even started on. Now I’m going back through and connecting everything together.Β It’s a big game and there’sΒ lots of content to work through, but it’s an essential part of the development process and I can’t skimp on it!

Here’s a quick updated list of big content features in Stardew Valley:

  • 40+ crops and fruit trees
  • Crop quality, renewable crops, multi-season crops, different harvesting styles
  • Farming-related items like fertilizers, sprinklers, and “maker machines”
  • Random farm events (helpful, fun, creepy, mysterious)
  • Farm animals
  • Greenhouse to grow out-of-season crops
  • Fishing (50+ fish that appear in different seasons/weather/time of day, crab pots, rods, bait, bobbers)
  • Seasonal Festivals (games, unique items, character development)
  • Mining (Explore and progress deeper underground, gathering precious ores and discovering powerful treasures)
  • Smelt ore into bars and sell them, use them to craft, or upgrade your tools.
  • Acquire boots, magic rings, and weapons to defend yourself against creatures lurking in the mines.
  • Adventurer’s Guild (for monster hunters)
  • Collect artifacts and minerals, and display them in the local museum. Those who donate can earn unique rewards.
  • Non-Linear “story arc” involving the local community center (progressing unlocks big “world rewards” like gold panning or travel to the desert)
  • Skill system with perks (e.g. the perk you choose at level 5 farming determines which perks you can choose from at level 10)
  • Foraging… gathering from the wild, tapping trees, crafting beehives, etc.
  • 30+ characters who go shopping, have doctor’s appointments, meet up for aerobics club, and kick back at the saloon. If you befriend someone, they might share a family recipe with you or send you gifts in the mail.
  • 10 marriage candidates to pursue, each with unique character development cutscenes.
  • 200+ furniture pieces, wallpapers and floors to customize your house.
  • 150+ crafting and cooking recipes.

Of course, a bullet point list can’t really convey the finer details of a game experience, but it gives you a rough idea of what to expect.


A few Pelican Town residents

Thanks for reading!




  • KernelPanic

    Really looking forward to this game! πŸ™‚ Will it be translatable as well? πŸ™‚

  • Luke

    Bullet point list is enough to keep me excited though!

  • BoogtehWoog

    I cannot wait for this game.

  • Anthony Kay

    even in its current state i would still throw money at it!

  • TerrorBlade

    Great work. I totally dig the green hair chick.

  • Chris DropDeadGames

    Stop it. I can’t take it anymore! I’m foaming at the mouth with anticipation. That, or I may have rabies. I’m pretty sure it’s anticipation, though.

    On a serious note, I am very excited for this and it sounds like it’s getting closer and closer. Just don’t rush it. I want YOUR game, not the game that you have to release to appease people’s impatience. I am perfectly fine with waiting as long as it takes to play the game as you invisioned.

  • Richie Donahou

    This continues to look awesome! Keep up the solid work

  • FuzzyBubbles

    I have never been so hyped for a game in my life. This seem like a mix of Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing and Terraria.

  • Journey Barnes

    This looks absolutely freaking-tastic! Been following the game since green lit and I have to say that you sir are one awesome person. You’re amazing, doing this all on your own and yet still having the results be this! Truly an inspiration to not only beginner developers everywhere but to just normal people such as myself that forget that there are people like you in the world. Amazing. I’m trying to think of another adjective that starts with a… πŸ˜‰ Astounding! Astonishing. All of these words apply to you good Concerned Ape.

  • Rin

    I’ve been following this for almost two years and I’m going to burst in excitement! It’s almost here! That being said, take your time! I know it will absolutely be worth the wait! Take my money at your leisure. With Story of Seasons coming out in a month I look forward to buying both games (even being so excited about Story of Seasons I’m not sure it will win out against yours, though).

    • John O’ Brien

      That’s exactly what my thought was! Stardew Valley is clearly still several months out, so I can get Story of Seasons, play the crap out of it, and then hopefully Stardew Valley will come out once I start to run down on it. It’s win-win!

  • FuzzyBubbles

    I’m also pretty excited to see what these “creepy” farm events will be.

  • Anonymous

    Nice update, but I thought panning was going to be a life job option like fishing or anything else, with ores and treasures you could find? What does it mean to be a World Reward?

    • Uni Whitebear

      From reading it just sounds like you have to do some progress to unlock the option of gold panning.

  • Marshal Farmer

    I am loving how this game looks! Keep up this amazing piece of gaming history!

  • Tim

    I’ve been checking in on the updates for this game for the past year or so, I’m so excited that it’s getting finished. Thank you for keeping constant updates to keep the hype alive!

  • Dan Comstock

    Man I am so excited for this. No mention of multiplayer in the update but that’s still a feature right?

  • Sullivan Alves

    I can’t wait more x _x

  • Amanda

    I keep saying this, but you deserve a hug for the work you do. And more…but meh. =)

  • Jake

    *Passes out from anticipation*

  • marue

    now that the game is almost here , what about opening pre-orders? not to presure you but to allow us to show you how much we trust your project and how many of us are ready to start retributing you for the awesome work you already did !

    • Michael

      CA is doing the right thing for this game by not putting out pre-orders or Early Access or Open Alpha. It has allowed the game to be developed at a good pace without the frantic introduction of customer service that immediately comes up once a dev takes money for a game.

      • odie

        Michael is right. Too many games have been messed up from early access and pre-orders. I love how CA is being patient and developing HIS game on HIS terms, instead of catering to a minority of people who can’t wait until the game is released. Even though we all want to play the game now. lmfao. It will be well worth the wait.

  • Joel Marston
  • Mochi

    wHEN WILL IT COME OUT! =) !!!

  • Fantist

    Can not wait. I think your game will be a success not only because of things such as the wonderful art style and attention to little details, but also because you weren’t afraid to try new things that game series such as Harvest Moon and Rune Factory wouldn’t. Hopefully your game will set the example going forward and help breath some life into this genre that has become a bit stale.

    As a curiosity, though I am plenty happy with the amount of variety in crops, furniture, etc., will the way you made the game allow you to add a few new crops here, a new event or two there, a new set of furniture every now and then and have the new content just show up seamlessly as we progress through the years in game? Like maybe we will notice the game updating on steam or whatever, and all the sudden we start catching a few new kinds of fish, or when the new season starts we suddenly find a new type of seed for sale or maybe encounter a new event? That would be so amazing and really help add a sense of wonderment to the world like “Will I ever see it all?” Regardless, cannot wait to buy your game. Thank you for taking the time to focus on creating a finished product rather than going the early access route.

  • Uni Whitebear

    Still want to play it. Though still not super-happy about the portrait art xD But I can live with it

  • Mochi


  • Lucas

    I hope you are proud of yourself. You made a man squeal when he saw that you had updated your blog.

  • Magzilla

    I cannot accurately put into words how ready I am for this game! It all looks and sounds wonderful and I thank you for putting so much time and effort into this! You, sir, are amazing.

  • thebaconatorman

    All aboard the Stardew Valley Hype Train!

  • hsidnomeL

    CA, it feels, to me at least, that you’ve captured all of the things that made Harvest Moon and Rune Factory wonderfully fulfilling, relaxing, and just downright enjoyable games and wrapped it all up into a single product. Everything you’ve shown us so far, from the music to the animations to the gameplay… it all just looks amazing. I can’t begin to express my excitement at this point so I won’t even try. Keep up the good work my friend, your fans are (im)patiently waiting on the release of your game.

  • Irrimn

    You say there’s 10 marriage candidates. I’m curious how you handle gay/lesbian characters… like, are all marriage candidates inherently bi-sexual (unrealistic) or are there certain partners that are exclusive to gay/lesbian relationship (realistic but limiting)?

    • Fantist

      Both. When you start a new game have it give you the option for realistic but limited or unrealistic but with more variety.

    • dylan brown

      I think its you can date any of them as any gender – but you dont need to say they are all Bi- its more like in a given playthrough, you can only marry once, so it just happens that character is gay/lesbian – you wont know the others status (Roleplaying wise, in that playthrough). From what i understood, to move beyond friendship you have to give them a rose to make your intentions clear, and before that they wont flirt etc so it wont look like all 10 characters are gay etc at once and giving flirty options.

  • Randy Steinert

    I really really would like see pigs that you can kill to gain their meat.

    • pinkcatmint

      I’m pretty sure he already has pigs and a butchering skill tree.

  • Nathan Everson


  • odie

    I have been secretly checking this website for info for the last year and a half. Reading up on each update, and the comments. etc.etc. I cannot wait for this game to come out. I truly hope it gets the attention from the gaming community it deserves. Cheers and respect.

  • Tony Han

    Even bullet point is too much for me! Just the rough idea seems too good to be true.

    Great Work!

  • Gennah

    I can’t wait for this game to be released. I’m so excited! : D

  • condor87z

    I both love and hate the fact that you aren’t releasing this in Early Access.

  • Retro

    ConcernedApe, you are doing a tremendous job. Thorough & thoughtful.

    Beyond personal satisfaction and pride in this project – I hope you are rewarded in kind words and financial benefit.

    Thanks for pioneering Stardew and for the opportunity to be a part of the world.

    • pinkcatmint

      I hope this game is immensely successful and that ConcernedApe goes on to make more awesome games.

  • Guest

    Sounds great

  • jackiesss

    2036 date of release :p

  • muslimpride

    I’m not sure I’ll be able to enjoy this as I enjoyed harvest moon and the likes when I was a kid, but I feel you’re really closing in. Keep up the good work man, you’re great.

  • Kat

    I have only known about this game for about a few days and I want to buy!

    • pinkcatmint

      You are lucky. Most of us have been waiting for a year or more, dying with anticipation πŸ™‚ I’ve been looking for a better alternative to Harvest Moon for ages, and it looks like this game will deliver. I’m also watching one called Wild Season, but Stardew Valley looks better.

  • pinkcatmint

    Looks like the final date is getting closer and closer! I’m so freakin’ excited about this!! Keep up the good work, Ape. πŸ™‚

  • Daniel

    I love you.

    I mean, seriously. I really need to play this, oh my. πŸ˜›

    You better sell 2-packs or 4-packs ’cause I’m totally distributing it through friends & family!

  • WatcherCCG

    Judging by your statement here, would I be amiss in predicting that you will probably be ready in a maximum of two months’ time? Barring any unforeseen issues, of course.

  • X Ren

    I’m dying in anticipation!!

  • Vulture

    damnit shut up and take my money :O

  • MithranAkanere

    β™ͺToo much of anything is never enough.β™ͺ
    β™ͺToo much of everything is never enough.β™ͺ

  • Alulu

    I know this may be late but… Can you add cute Alpaca farm pets to the game???

  • Melyssa

    I’m really glad to hear this is so close to be finished! This list just renews my hype for the game, thank you Ape πŸ™‚

  • PlotmasterX

    I’ve been following this for almost a year now and I am really glad that it is almost finished. The amount of time and care you put into this is clear and I’m happy you didn’t release it too early. I have a Mac, but will still buy it as soon as it comes out. Please remember us poor souls that do not have a Windows computer. We will wait.

  • Bluevyper

    What program suite was used to make this game or is it all from scratch? Either way I can’t wait for it to come out, I love games with farming elements and graphic styles like this. =)

  • Carlos Hatchett

    Come on, Ape! My wallet is twitching!

  • Anony M.

    Thanks for taking the time to make this an awesome game. I can’t wait, yet somehow I shall anyway. Please, is this going to be functional on Linux? Or will it at least work with Wine (the Linux Windows booter)?

  • Peter Schelvis

    will there be a split screen mode?? im sorry if somebody already asked this :/

  • TheWierd

    Good job mate, can’t say that the HHHYYYYYYPPPPEEEE lessens.
    Really great job! With that say, I still want a demo or to be a tester! πŸ™‚

  • Mary Rosser

    can’t wait πŸ™‚ if this game is even half as good as I hope I’ll be satisfied with it <3 any ideas on what pricing may be? hoping for this to be around 20$ so I can easily pick up a copy for me and the boyfriend πŸ™‚

  • Jinxette

    Take me money, take it all! I have no life and check this sight daily, sometime even thrice daily. Cannot WAIT for this to come out!

  • TheWierd

    Very very interesting! Keep it up and don’t do shit until this game is done πŸ™‚

  • pinkcatmint

    ConcernedApe, do you have a rough list of the crops available yet? I’m trying to work on a craft project for you, but I need to know which crops are available in which season. I don’t want to mix Spring crops with Fall crops and have the project look stupid. πŸ™ I have crochet stitches that look like tulips, a Star stitch that works for a few plant tops like garlic, beets, possibly eggplant, etc…, a Bobble stitch that will work for pumpkins or cabbage, and a larger Leaf stitch that might work for larger, bushier plants. Still need to find something that works for corn or tomatoes. Hopefully, I can make this all work together. If it works, you can keep the final product or raffle it off to one lucky gamer.

  • Mochi

    I seriously cannot wait!

  • Daniel Williamson

    I am so h

  • Daniel Williamson

    I cant wait, literally dreaming of release!

  • Mccayboy

    I get more excited for this game with every update

  • ElectricPrism

    This is that site that keeps popping up in my RSS feed every blue moon. I excitedly open the news story and wonder to myself how long before I can play this harvest moon successor. SteamOS Please.

  • YUNO


  • TheWierd

    Just had to come back and read again, I will so buy and play the s out of this game.
    Good good good job so far mate!

  • Rastroll

    It’s that time of the month when we anxiously return to this page to see if there is a new update.

    • Anthony Kay

      its been over a month and im still throwing money with little to no success

  • yukovalis


  • Bob Belcher

    I’ve been following this game for two years now and its looking really good, can’t wait for it to release πŸ˜€

  • AJayDono

    I’m so Excite!

  • Any news yet?

  • ByronsStory

    Just thought I’d drop a message saying how excited I am about this game! Hope development is going well. πŸ˜€

  • Jake

    Please save us senpai! we need more infos ;-;