The latest major update to Stardew Valley has arrived on consoles, developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has announced. With new character creation options, local split-screen co-op, a new farm layout and so much more, this has been a long-awaited expansion to the game, getting the game on PlayStation, Xbox and Switch back up to speed with the PC version of Stardew Valley, which received the major version 1.5 content drop back on 21st December. As always, update 1.5 is a completely free addition.
The Stardew Valley 1.5 Update for Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation are out, and should be available on all platforms within the next couple of hours.
— ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) February 11, 2021
First announced in February 2020, update 1.5 is described by Marone as being “Stardew Valley’s biggest update yet“, there’s a ton of new content and features for new and returning players to enjoy. On a technical level, the most significant addition is local split-screen co-op, which follows on from network multiplayer which was added in 2018. To go with that, there’s a new farm layout, and end-game features like being able to renovate your home.
There’s also significant new quests to follow which will let you open up a whole new part of the world: Ginger Island. While many long-time players will likely want to start a brand new save file, you shouldn’t need to in order to enjoy many of the new features now in the game.
Note, that there is a known issue where one part of the world might render with “blue ground”. This will be fixed in a patch.
Marone handily posted a list of features you can now enjoy.
A list of some of the new features to expect:
- New people to meet
- New goals
- Many new items
- A new type of quest
- A new farm layout
- New character events
- A new Community Upgrade
- Home renovations (after you’ve fully upgraded your house)
- Ducks can now swim
- You can sit in chairs
- You can move your bed
- Fish Tanks
- A bunch of new furniture items as well as new furniture types like wall sconces
- New secrets
- 9 new music tracks
- And so much more… you’ll just have to see, I can’t bear to spoil it