The massive 1.4 update for Stardew Valley has launched, including a host of new features, tweaks, and fixes. The content had been in the works for months, and is one of the most substantial expansions the game has yet received.
Writing on his developer blog, Stardew Valley creator, and sole full-time developer, Eric Barone, explained some of the larger additions while providing a complete changelog for anyone looking to go more in-depth.
“This update not only adds new content and features to the game, but improves the gameplay experience significantly with tons of ‘quality of life’ features, including some things the community has requested for a long time,” Barone writes. “There’s also an enormous amount of bug fixes and some optimizations improvements – in short, the game is more polished than ever. I hope this update will greatly improve your Stardew Valley experience, and make your time in the valley even more joyful, seamless, and fun.”
There’s over 60 new items, and hundreds of new pieces of clothing, including 181 new shirts and 35 new hats, so you’ve even less excuse to find something that works. Mini-game Jumino Kart has been re-done, and there’s two new monsters and two new alternative levels to the mines. The soundtrack has 14 new tunes of ambiance, and a new section in collections will keep track of all your letters.
In terms of your farm itself, sheds can now be upgrade to double their interior size, fish ponds have been added as farm buildings, so you can harvest fish to your heart’s content, and there’s a new farm map, Four Corners. Described as “perfect for the new separate money option in multiplayer”, Four Corners splits the land into quadrants, each quarter providing different perks, with greenhouse, farm cave, and pet area all in the middle.
A complete list of changes can be found here. If you’ve ever considered the quiet life, Stardew Valley 1.4 is now available on PC, Mac and Linux, with console and mobile expected sometime in the near future.