The Nintendo Switch will get a port of Stardew Valley this summer, Nintendo confirms. The Switch version of the hugely popular country-living sim will also support co-op multiplayer.
Developer Eric Barone (ConcernedApe) confirmed that Stardew Valley is coming to Nintendo Switch in November of last year, also confirming that the previously announced Wii U version of the game had been cancelled.
Stardew Valley Launches on Nintendo Switch This Summer
During its ‘Nindies Showcase’ yesterday, Nintendo confirmed that Stardew Valley will be released on its upcoming Nintendo Switch console this summer. The company showcased some in-development footage from the Nintendo Switch version of Stardew Valley (it starts at 16:23alongside footage of other indies announced for the console, such as Yooka-Laylee, Overcooked! and The Escapists 2.
In the Nindies Showcase presentation, which you can see above, a Nintendo executive says that although we’ve “tamed our overgrown farms” and “gotten to know the locals and fallen in love,” in the game and yet we are “still alone.” As such, the Nintendo Switch versions of Stardew Valley will also support co-op multiplayer.
It’s unclear exactly when the Nintendo Switch port will introduce co-op multiplayer (a statement from the game’s publisher Chucklefish suggests that it won’t be available at launch), but it will be the first console version to add the feature. On Twitter, Barone said that the feature would likely come to PS4 and Xbox One around a month after the Switch.
Just to clarify: the Switch Stardew Valley multiplayer announcement DOES NOT mean that PC will get multiplayer later. PC will still be first
— ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) February 28, 2017
Barone was also forced to clarify that PC players of Stardew Valley, a game which has been praised for its inclusion of same-sex relationships, would not be left out in the cold. After many players voiced anger and frustration at what they saw as a ‘slap in the face’ as they thought that consoles would get multiplayer first, Barone stated that Stardew Valley PC players would still get the feature before it arrives on consoles – including the Nintendo Switch.
Undeterred by the confusion surrounding the availability of the game’s multiplayer, some eager fans have already begun to ask for Stardew Valley ports to other consoles. In particular, fans are saying that it would be perfect for the PlayStation Vita, though it’s unclear whether Barone and Chucklefish plan to bring the game to the Sony handheld once the Switch version and the multiplayer feature has shipped.
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