Multiplayer update for Stardew Valley on Switch is coming soon

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Indie games are all over the place, especially on the Nintendo Switch. But, at any given time there always happens to be a few standout indie games that seem to take the whole gaming world by storm. Last year, Stardew Valley fell into that category (and it’s still quite popular today). The pixelated farming simulator/RPG has garnered a huge following on Switch and remains as one of the guaranteed titles that you see in the ‘Best Sellers’ list of the North American Switch eShop. Its popularity will no doubt soon increase as the new multiplayer update is now just around the corner.

Developer ConcernedApe recently confirmed that the multiplayer update for Stardew Valley on Switch has been submitted to Nintendo for QA. That stands for “Quality Assurance”, which means the update is undergoing some testing by Nintendo to see if its in good enough condition to be rolled out. Anytime an update or game makes it to this stage, the development cycle is pretty much complete and this is about the last step before full release. Thus, we can expect the release of this multiplayer update to be very soon (although an exact release date has not yet been given).

Some of the features of the new multiplayer functionality will include the ability for up to four players to play cooperatively. All players will work to manage the same farm, sharing the same pool of money. Existing single-player campaigns can also be converted to multiplayer mode for immediate use. Keeping up with the fact that Stardew Valley is still an RPG, the main storyline will carry on as usual—thus staying in sync for all the players. Speaking of syncing, the in-game days won’t even end until all players go to bed at the same time. Thus, everyone will need to be on the same page in order to make any true progress.

This new functionality should add a whole new dynamic to the game. And of course, the whole adage will hold true: “Teamwork makes the dream work”. In other words, try not to make a mess of things for the sake of bringing everyone down.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.