We are creeping ever closer to Stardew Valley's 1.3 update, the patch that will see a heap of new content added to the farm-life simulator, including the long-awaited multiplayer mode.
Unfortunately, we don't actually know when that update will launch but thanks to an update post by creator Eric 'ConcernedApe' Barone we now know multiplayer mode is entering quality assurance phase, with a beta expected in spring.
Find out more about what's coming to Stardew Valley in update 1.3.
In a Stardew Valley development blog, Barone revealed the multiplayer update is coming along nicely, with it currently being on track for a springtime release date - just in time for the Egg Festival.
"Work on the new features is done, and we’ve sent all the new text off to be translated into the different languages," Barone explains. "Meanwhile, we are working on bug fixes. 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. I am still shooting for a spring release for the beta."
Barone also gave us a sneaky peek of the new signs in action - a feature players have wanted for some time to help organise chests, buildings, and crop fields. There's nothing worse than putting honey into your fish chest, after all.
In the spirit of cooperation, Barone also revealed he's been working on the multiplayer update alongside Chucklefish's Tom Coxon, despite creating Stardew Valley by himself (including the music).
Barone finished the post by calling the upcoming update a "game-changer" and assuring players he will continue to keep us updated.
Top image credit: ConcernedApe