Dev Update #28

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of summer. I just wanted to check in again and let you all know that progress on Stardew is continuing, as always!

Here’s a few screenshots:summer3_smal“Here, have a fresh pumpkin from my farm”


summer2_smallFishing in the summer.Β 

summer1_smallAnimals enjoying the sunshine.

There’s been so many little things I’ve done since the last update, I can’t even remember them all. But here’s a few :

  • Fences/Gates working 100%
  • New building construction process/animations.
  • Animals finished.
  • Added more “artisan goods” (e.g. mayonnaise)
  • New “farm event” & other rare surprises
  • A new foraging opportunity.
  • Shipping bin with a snazzy lid.
  • Lots of cosmetic improvements.
  • Added hops, grapes, and amaranth.
  • A few new crafting recipes. (You’ll learn to craft something new just about every time you level up in a skill area)
  • Polishing & testing everything.


Next up… pacing, progression, guidance. All the things that give a game structure and purpose. There’s a lot of content in Stardew Valley, Β and I need to make sure players encounter it in an intuitive and compelling way.

Stay cool!



  • hsidnomeL

    As always, this looks great! If you’re already working on pacing and progression, I’m assuming you’re pretty close to a release. Well, relatively close at least. xD Just keep doing what you’re doing mate, and release the game you want to release. I’m impatient as heck to play this, but it looks like it will be worth every second of waiting. πŸ™‚

  • Simon Woidig

    Oh my god! I cannot wait for this game…. It looks SO good!!

  • Marie-Êve Nielly

    Every post is like Christmas! πŸ˜›

  • Sznejk

    Give me that now πŸ˜€

  • Kye


  • Francisco MacΓ­as


    • Bruce Wayne

      You need to throw your soul.

      • Klintt

        Ive tried that: It doesnt work!!

        • Ferrettomato

          Pumpkins, maybe?

          • Bruce Wayne

            Definitely Pumpkins. We just gotta wait for the season now.

    • Kou Pally

      Let’s try sandwiches instead, maybe this will appease the dev gods.

  • DanielG

    Fez anyone?

  • Sophia Hart

    Keep up the good work, Ape!
    Pacing and progession, looks like you are adding quite a few things here and there so.
    Release will probably not be till the end of year it looks like?

    Great job you are doing, though. Hug.

  • Matt Brauer

    this is the game i always wanted to play now its real …. fk yeaaa

  • Dakota Cyr

    Awe man I want this game so bad it hurts

  • Thurt But

    When I first started following this game I was a naive child filled with optimism.

    I am now dying of salt. You have killed me, Ape, I will never live to see your game because of my sodium levels. Dedicate a salty grave to me in the Stardew meadows

  • Jesse Tucker

    Wow, those are some excellent screenshots. I love the colours and how much detail you’ve put into everything. While I can’t wait to play this game I feel that the time you are taking is being well spent so please continue to take your time and release it when your vision is complete.

  • Thalfon

    I can’t stay cool. I want this game too bad *and* it’s been 38ΒΊC for half a week and showing no sign of changing.

  • Space Blizzard

    Assassin’s What? Batman Who? Halo Huh?

    Stardew Valley is easily my most anticipated game right now.

    • Bruce Wayne

      Yes, that’s true for me! Give me Fallout 4, Mass Effect Andromeda and Stardew Valley and I’ll die happy!

      • Bruce Wayne

        Also, despite my name, the current Batman series has been a huge disappointment… Huge disappointment…

    • FairestParadise

      After No Man’s Sky it’s probably mine as well. Everything I see just looks better and better!

  • moniablox

    Finally Another Dev Update! πŸ˜€
    I’m So Hyped! I Need Stardew Valley! Gonna Try To Be The First Person To Buy The Game :3

  • Gennah

    I am loving it, this is such eye candy! I just cant seem to get off this hype train…

  • Diovos

    I’m going crazy HahahHAhahHAhahHAHhahHAH o_O

  • TylerDB

    Any idea how long itll be until your release?

  • Abba

    Great post. Do those little trees grow up to be big trees?

  • Rose

    I have a question, I’m not sure if it’s been addressed yet, but on the up to 4-player co-op mode, can both of you choose 2 different NPCs to get married to? or only one can get married?

    • Bruce Wayne

      I’m not 100% sure but I think all players can get married as long as there are candidates, I think it was even mentioned that 2 players would have to “fight” for a certain NPCs affection in case they both wanted to marry the same Character. Also, maybe in the future ape even implements a feature where players can marry each other…

      • Rose

        Ooh, okay! Yes, hopefully hehe! Those features would be so great to have; it would make the game even more fun and enjoyable! Thank you so much for replying! So excited to play πŸ˜€

        • Bruce Wayne

          Ah yes, tell me about it! Games such as the old school Harvest Moon have been my childhood! So happy about Stardew Valley, so hyped to play! Maybe we can co-op sometime when it’s finally here

  • Jake

    All aboard the hype train!
    chugachugachugachuga choo choo

  • pinkcatmint

    It looks so beautiful. Can’t believe how friggin’ excited I am about this game πŸ™‚ Please take your time and make sure everything is completed to your satisfaction. The guys making Wild Season jumped the gun and released an early alpha of the game, which apparently is just horrible. I’ve heard it is buggy as hell and almost unplayable. I would rather be patient and have a more complete, more polished game.

    • FairestParadise

      Wild Season isn’t really Harvest Moon anyway. It’s made by a completely different company. Story of Seasons is now what used to be called Harvest Moon.

      • KymikoLoco

        I don’t think Wild Season is the game you’re thinking of. Wild Season is made by a random game company. (Whose website leaves much to be desired…) They have absolutely no affiliation to Harvest Moon or Natsume or Marvelous or Story of Seasons or anyone even close to that franchise.


        • pinkcatmint

          Thank you, KymikoLoco, I was like “What did my comment have to do with Harvest Moon?” Wild Season is made by Quickfire Games. I think they are based in the Philippines.

          • FairestParadise

            Yeah, I’m sorry. Not sure how I mixed it up like that. Could have sworn that was the name of the new garbage mobile port they’re making of Harvest Moon. Mea culpa.

          • pinkcatmint

            Totally ok πŸ™‚ I’m sad that Natsume and Marvelous are fighting and both trying to put out separate games. That Harvest Moon The Lost Valley game that Natsume pushed out was just friggin’ awful. Is the mobile H.M. you are talking about Seeds of Memories? This one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlbtlrKlQRU

          • FairestParadise

            Yep, that’s it. PC Gamer had an article on it after they saw it at E3. Personally I think bringing it to PC/iOS/Android is a terrible idea and I’ve seen it really limit some games that were honestly amazing to the point that the developers behind them chose not to continue mobile development for their future titles (talking mostly about the Shadowrun Returns games which are phenomenal).

            Anyway, if you’re interested here’s the article http://www.pcgamer.com/harvest-moon-seeds-of-memories-is-not-the-game-youre-hoping-for/ and thanks again for the link to Wild Season, I’m probably going to throw money at them in a couple days when I get paid.

        • FairestParadise

          Thanks for the links and thanks for correcting my dumb ass. My bad.

  • Christina Webster

    Do you need any assistance getting the game done? Like coding, concept ideas, etc.?

    • Zael

      No, this is his Magnus Opus, let it shine as his deserved glory.

    • NameMeAsYourFriend

      Hi, you know how to make a game? I have an idea here, but I don’t know where to start.

      • Christina Webster

        Hi, I don’t, but my boyfriend does. He is an aspiring developer (and great programmer!) but just doesn’t have any help with his ideas, either.

  • Electrk

    I love how, instead of throwing the game out on early access, you’re trying to make the game as good as you can before releasing it to the public. This is how good development should go.

  • Pablo Bennington

    When will the game ??

  • Philip J Fry


  • Zombiefilmfan

    Every update, I expect to see one that shows hope for a release, but then I read all the great things that the update has and then realize there is a lot more time left.
    Keep it up CA, you are making an amazing looking game. I want to play it so bad, but I am glad you are doing it right, even if that means taking more time. Thanks for the update

  • LokiJr


    • Bruce Wayne

      YES YES YES, agreed! It would be so awesome if we could swim around during the summer and spring seasons maybe npcs too

  • jaykaylol

    It looks gorgeous! Aaahhh! Thank you so much!

  • Bailey

    Soooo, you’re testing it yourself but do you need help writing the wiki?
    Cuz boy oh boy, will I play it and help write the wiki… ?!? πŸ˜€

    Barring that, may we please have some gameplay footage?
    Looks great and thanks for the update!

  • Lucas Aquino de Assis

    Here in my country it’s winter, but thank you anyway! I have been following this development for a really long time now and I can’t wait to play this game (but feel free to take all the time you need).

  • Pablo Renan

    I want this game now

  • PudgyPigeon

    I am so amazed with what you are creating, I can’t wait to play it! Please keep going! Thank you so much for making something like this.

  • Angelo Cnop

    man… thatΒ΄s harvest moon to the next levl… i would definitely buy ur game πŸ™‚

  • Paul McBride (McBreezy18)

    This game looks incredible. This is one of my most anticipated games right now. I can’t wait!!

  • pinkcatmint

    ConcernedApe, could you give us a list of the different crops for each season? I’m trying to make you a present (a Stardew Valley scarf) and it would help if I knew which crops grew in which seasons. The videos help some, but it’s still hard to figure out all of them. If I have time before the game release, I will make an extra scarf so you can give it to one lucky game fan. πŸ™‚

  • Sanae Kochiya

    Keep the good work!! Meanwhile I will keep riding the hype train, like I’m doing for Fallout 4. Choo choo!!

  • Tea Gaming

    Why why…. why must i wait more for this game :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  • Tea Gaming

    This game lloks so good and i cant wait longer :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

  • Dustin Brinnon

    Not sure if I am more anxious for this or… well… yeah, I think I am more anxious for this. Seriously looking forward to this.

  • ElectricPrism

    I’m extremely disheartened about this game to the point of giving up hope that it will ever come out.

    It’s like a child dangling a shiny object in front of a cat to generate interest, and pulling back with every lure.

    I’m seriously annoyed that there is no roadmap or workflow list so this could have been done already. It’s like @dev has ADD and OCD – can you imagine if Terraria didn’t release May 2011 and came out just now when the bells and whistles are now finally complete 4 years later – that is what this game is.

    Add those bells and whistles were added later to keep players hyped to keep playing – I’m starting to get a bad taste in my mouth on this like how Starbound ripped off millions of dollars – and I think there’s a legitimate fear of emulating their dismal failure – but you know what? The truth is in the middle – mostly complete is acceptable – super-pre-alpha is not.

    That’s what I get for caring, new dev posts all the time about awesome shit I can never ever ever ever have.

    • LaDiablaBlanca

      Maybe your life needs more meaning, if this one game not coming out fast enough, is making you want to kill yourself.

    • wong

      that’s why you write 300 word posts. because you’re disheartened about the game.

      people who really stopped caring just don’t visit the site anymore.

      it will be out when it’s out – whinging and being aggressive isn’t somehow going to make Ape go “OH SHIT! I really need to crack on so I can appease people and start rolling around in the big dollars!” – yeah, no. It’s a nichΓ© game that isn’t out to make big dollars.

      • ElectricPrism

        Are you aware that on the Internet there is this invention called a “RSS Feed”?

        Using this magical invention one can be notified of when a website has new news. Jesus you stupid people need to learn how to use the Internet.

        And if you can’t figure it out maybe you should book an appointment with your brain surgeon or shrink to figure out what else of even greater concern is going wrong.

        • wong

          what on earth does rss have to do with my post LOLOLOL

  • ElectricPrism

    Here we can see the decline of interest in Stardew Valley by 300% from April 2013.

    Seriously, figure it out – kickstart yourself and pull some extra hands in, or do all that nasty code you’ve been procrastinating on so you can get some kind of release.

    Go big or go home. The gaming community is a vehicle and early access makes people feel VIP so they add their voice to what they hope to be a Pentecostal shout to announce products in the world.

    It’s a bad sign when someone says “Oh I forgot about that game. Did it come out yet?” The person next to me just said that (-___-*)

    Get it together or go work in a tollbooth and enjoy a menial life devoid of purpose.

    • armedshark

      While Kickstarter and early-release have occasionally resulted in good games, far more often they give developers a way to release half-finished crap, get paid, and move on without ever finishing the work or making a good game.

      Ape is clearly has in mind what he wants to make, and he’s taking the time to get it right before he releases it. Too few developers do this these days.

      I’m impatient to play Stardew Valley too… but I’d rather play a beautiful, finished game six months from now than a Starbound-style half-finished mess today.

      • ElectricPrism

        Sure most come out half baked – however this game has been indevelopment what 3+ years? I think it would be okay.

        The problem is competitors are already starting to creep in.

        It’s time to put that gas foot to the metal and hire out whatever parts he needs if he wants to see this bird fly.

        Yeah Starbound was rubbish, Admin needs to at least create a VIP Buy In Beta to stir hype.

        • JackTheManiac

          Whine all you want, he won’t make it, and people are supporting him not to give in to early access.

          He doesn’t care about competition. He wants to make the game HE wants to make, the way he wants to. It is about realizing his vision, not making money. Altough, that last part is not going to be a problem, I think.

          Like you, I also want to play this game. I’ve been waiting… wanting rather, something like this for years, since the first Rune Factory, maybe even since like 13 years ago when I first tried the SNES harvest moon. While early access may be interesting… No game with early access / patches have been good that I played. The long dark… bleh. Minecraft was nice, but got boring, every addition was more of the same. Rather have everything in one go and play the shit out of it.

          Also, Harvest Moons don’t compare to this. Not even Rune Factory 1. That one was passable, the combat sucked, the other had silly elements that were a pain. If they wanted to make something like Ape did, they’d already have done it.

          This is Harvest Moon SNES + Rune Factory + Animal Crossing, with a crapton of originality. Not just “another Harvest Moon clone”.

          • ElectricPrism

            You’re a hack fraud gtfo my thread biotch.

          • pinkcatmint

            Calm down, ElectricPrism. No need to be rude. People are just expressing their opinions. I would love to have early access to this game, but I’ve recently had a bad experience with an alpha game. I was playing Tree of Life on Steam, which was extremely popular for a while, then the devs made some changes to try and stop PvP’ers from having so much power over the “Carebear” players. They dropped the durability of armor and weapons by a huge amount and made players lose skill points for repeated thefts and murders. Almost everyone has quit the game or are waiting for a durability fix. The game is just freaking dead. I’ve heard of similar problems with Wild Season, which is another farming-type game. I don’t want this to happen to Stardew Valley. πŸ™

          • ElectricPrism

            “Whine all you want” – If you’re going to play the “peacemaker” and call someone rude you should first have a level head and notice the provocation geeze m8. Chill out m8.

        • Sine_Amore

          I think it’s a mistake to think that gamers interested in the genre will only buy one or the other. I don’t just buy one RPG. I sample as many as possible. I fully intend to buy both this game, Harvest Moon, and any other similar games as long as they look promising. Competition is good. I like variety. (8

          Another thing you mentioned: “early access makes people feel VIP”. It also makes some people feel entitled to demand changes to a game. I, for one, would not want to feel obligated to acquiesce to these changes or be put on blast when the changes don’t happen. No developer needs that pressure if they have the luxury of developing a game without Early Access, Kickstarter, et cetera. If Ape has the means to do this his way in his own time, I support that.

          I have a great respect for how Ape is handling this game. I have been patiently waiting since Greenlight; If you can absolutely not wait any longer, I am sorry you feel that way, but I don’t feel like being abrasive towards ConcernedApe is going to speed up the process.

        • Omega_Ryan

          Starbound is JUST starting to pull itself together. You know, with all the flak early access games get, for good reason as most of them are utter trash/broken, he want’s the game to be good, done, working, and playable. The new harvest moon game…eh. :l Like, honestly, I saw this then realized I liked Stardew Valley more. I asked my friend, a huge Harvest Moon fan, “You hear about that new Harvest Moon game coming out?” Her response? “What new Harvest Moon game? You mean Stardew Valley?” Also, you are being super disrespectful.

          ‘Get it together or go work in a tollbooth and enjoy a menial life devoid of purpose.’ xD You sure are kind. Do you develop games? If you don’t, I see no reason why anyone should pay much attention to you. If you do, hey, props. You got me there.

          Anyway, let’s just be friends and wait for Stardew Valley to come out. πŸ˜€

        • Yahmine

          Oh look, just looked at that google/trend thing and uhh looks like people are more interested in it then ever, especially since the latest HM flopped, don’t you look foolish. Be careful with what you say, it’ll just bite you in the ass if you aren’t patient enough.

  • Chelsea Cahoon

    It’s been a while since I’ve checked back here, but oh am I excited to see all of the new updates! Great work as always, I know it will be a success.

  • I’m late but: Congratulations on the amazing job you are doing, and, as always, thanks for the update!

  • HuntingBaker

    Please let us help this game develop. We all are willing to pay for alpha/beta access and want to help you. I’m sure u will find tons of people to back and help you create the game you want. We all just want to experience the amazing game that you are making. πŸ™‚

  • Peter Schelvis

    Please just release the game with the next post D; i cant wait xd

  • Layla Rosario

    Thank you for the update πŸ˜€ everything looks beautiful! I love that you can see things under the water in the lake, its not just a flat blue surface. Can’t wait to see more, keep up the great work πŸ˜€

  • Ahmat Niekol’koh Pamah

    Keep up, you are doing a REALLY DAMN GOOD GAME, do not give up <3

  • Davin Dirgantara

    if i buy secrets of grindea. will you speed up Stardew Valley production developers ?


    summer vacation is here! I want this game NOOW!!! <3

  • Alright so I can’t count how many times I’ve looked at this update since it posted and I’m only JUST now noticing the Halloween Decorations with that CUTE ICKLE SKULL in the window.

    I feel a little dense, but also giddy that I noticed because I want to smooch the skelly.

  • yolo

    just tell yourself the game will come out late december so you won’t get dissapointed anymore every month.

  • yolo

    I have something funny to tell. We all know ConcernedApe is a perfectionnist, so it would be logic if his last “update” is the 30st. πŸ˜€ I hope so!! (or even before)

    My guess is the game will come out at the beginning of october.

  • RunnyRainbowPOOP

    I really hope you decide to eventually bring this game to PS4. PlayStation fans have been waiting for a new console Harvest Moon for years, we haven’t got one and probably won’t anymore. So this would be a great opportunity for your game to fill that gap in the market! Sony has that help thing to help indie developers get games on their system too. It’d be a win-win for you.

  • bob156

    I hope that getting Pets is optional as I don’t want any.

    instead of Quest you can use the word Mission if that would make you feel better.