After what feels like absolutely forever, the multiplayer update for Stardew Valley has now been released for Nintendo Switch, letting you buddy up with up to four players and work together on a farm. However, it’s much more than that.
Having been announced in the run up to the Nintendo Switch launch, multiplayer was absent from the game’s initial release on the console. It was then only at the start of this year that it went into open beta on PC, before a full release back in August, when the focus could turn to the console versions.
Multiplayer in Stardew works on a host and guest basis, with one person hosting and owning the farm and setting up guest cabins. It can be played locally or online (where it will then require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription), and you can use Switch voice chat features or a new in-game chat box to communicate.
Whether you want to team up or not, there’s still plenty of new content as well. The Night Market will visit Pelican Town for three days during the winter, there are new character events to discover, a strange event can trigger a secret collection type, leading to a new adventure, and you can now get your horse to wear hats.
While Switch was promised to be the first console to get multiplayer, expect to see this update released on other consoles in due course. Despite the game’s popularity, it’s still a small team working on this, with lone developer ConcernedApe joined by Chucklefish programmer Tom Coxon to add multiplayer, and then Sickhead Games porting this to Switch.