Stardew Valley's Multiplayer Gets Release Window and New Details

Stardew Valley's multiplayer lets you marry your friends and more

Chucklefish designer Tom Coxon, who is now working on Stardew Valley multiplayer with Eric Barone, has finally released a few details on how exactly multiplayer will work. But more importantly, you'll be able to marry them - just one of them mind, it's not a game that promotes polygamy.

A lot of players have requested player-to-player marriage.

The post reveals that multiplayer will be played through players' ability to build up to three cabins on their farms for "farmhands", which will controlled by other players. Each of these cabins will belong to one of your friends and thus under their control.

Essentially, Farmhands can do anything that the main player can do.

Farmhands can farm, mine, fight, forage, marry NPCs (friends will even be able to marry each other), and take part in festivals. Each player has their own inventory. However, certain things can only be done by the main player such as sleeping and when to start or end festivals. Marriage between players is in the works, although how exactly that will work is still being hammered out. Split screen, local multiplayer or player vs player will not be available through this update, but you can invite your friends to your farm through Steam. Also, when a farmhand is not playing with you, you can use a chest in their house to manage their inventory. Though they haven't figured out how non-Steam version will work yet, so but it will likely be similar. The long awaited multiplayer functionality is nearly upon us and will be entering beta on steam at the end of 2017, before coming to all platforms in early 2018.

"Effort so far has been focused on overcoming the biggest technical hurdle: synchronizing multiple games over the Internet". Nearly every source file has been touched, and 15,000 lines of code have been rewritten.

The will be released for consoles as well, but the studio warned that it "will be a bigger patch than usual", and so will take awhile to get to each platform. As they note, "Retrofitting multiplayer into a game that didn't have it originally is notoriously hard".

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