The popular indie farming game Stardew Valley is on track to reveal its new multiplayer mode, with the first wave of testing set to begin later this year.
In a post to the game’s developer blog, creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone provides a status report on the game’s 1.3 update. Alongside the addition of signs for better organization of stored materials, he reveals that progress on the new multiplayer mode is going smoothly and is on track for a beta this spring.
“Work on the new features is done, and we’ve sent all the new text off to be translated into the different languages,” Barone writes. “Once we’ve received the translated text and integrated it back into the game, we’ll begin a serious QA phase involving thorough testing of all new features in both multiplayer and single player contexts. When that is finished, the update should be ready for a public beta.”
Barone says that as the update’s release draws closer, he will release more information on the multiplayer mode as well as the specific features and improvements available through the 1.3 update.
Originally released Feb. 26, 2016, Stardew Valley was developed independently by Barone and published by Chucklefish. Inspired by the Harvest Moon series, the game tasks players with restoring a plot of land inherited from their grandparents. Choosing from one of five farm maps, players can forage, craft and cultivate their farms according to their own play style and preferences.
The title has received praise from fans and critics alike for its wealth of varied activities available, as well as its revitalization of the farming sim genre. The game is currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.