Stardew Valley

Update 1.4 Available Now for Stardew Valley on Xbox One

Hey everyone,

With the free Stardew Valley 1.4 update now available on Xbox One, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a little about its unique development history.

I started working on what would become Stardew Valley in the Fall of 2011. I had never released a game before, had no connections in the video game world, and only had an amateur level of art, music, and programming experience. Originally, the game was intended as a programming exercise… I wanted to hone my skills so I could get an entry level programming job. My idea was to create a very simple farming game in the style of Harvest Moon, a series I grew up playing and had very fond memories of. I figured it would take me about six months, and then I’d release it on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace and move on… boy, was I wrong!

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Over the course of the next 4.5 years, my small project (originally called Sprout Valley) escalated into something much bigger than I had ever imagined. As a 100% solo developer, I was responsible for every single aspect of the game, from coding, to art, music, sound, and writing. While it was a lot of work for one person, I loved having complete creative control over the project, and being able to work on a variety of disciplines kept me from getting bored or burnt out. If I got tired of programming, I’d make music for a while… and when I got sick of that, I’d work on art.

Over time, my skills improved in all areas of game development. I actually had a finished product ready about a year after I started… but by that time, I had improved my skills at art, music and game design to the point where I was very unhappy with the game and wanted to re-do everything. I ended up re-doing the game several times–at some points completely redrawing all the art in the game–before I was happy with it (I’m still not perfectly happy, that’s partly why I keep wanting to make updates). Up until a couple months before release, no one else had even played the game… so I wasn’t sure if it was even fun!

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However, the game was very well received at launch, and quickly became a big hit. Stardew Valley has now gone on to be translated into 11 languages and has sold over 10 million copies across all platforms. It’s been truly amazing how far this game has come… the Stardew Valley community and the game itself have grown so much since the original 1.0 launch, and it’s truly been the greatest thing in my life. It’s a great pleasure to bring the 1.4 update to Xbox One and to share it with you.

Xbox will always have a special place in my heart, since it’s the platform I originally intended to release Stardew Valley on. The new update should make your experience the best it’s ever been, and I really hope you enjoy it!

As always, thanks for reading and thanks for playing Stardew Valley!

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You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness! * Turn your overgrown field into a lively farm! Raise animals, grow crops, start an orchard, craft useful machines, and more! You’ll have plenty of space to create the farm of your dreams. * Customize the appearance of your character and house. With hundreds of decorative items to choose from, you’ll have no trouble creating the home of your dreams! * Improve your skills over time. As you make your way from a struggling greenhorn to a master farmer, you’ll level up in 5 different areas: farming, mining, combat, fishing, and foraging. As you progress, you’ll learn new cooking and crafting recipes, unlock new areas to explore, and customize your skills by choosing from a variety of professions. * Become part of the local community. With over 30 unique characters living in Stardew Valley, you won’t have a problem finding new friends! Each person has their own daily schedule, birthday, unique mini-cutscenes, and new things to say throughout the week and year. Take part in seasonal festivals such as the luau, haunted maze, and feast of the winter star. * Explore a vast, mysterious cave. As you travel deeper underground, you’ll encounter new and dangerous monsters, powerful weapons, new environments, valuable gemstones, raw materials for crafting and upgrading tools, and mysteries to be uncovered. * Help restore Stardew Valley to it’s former glory by repairing the old community center, or take the alternate route and join forces with Joja Corporation. * Court and marry a partner to share your life on the farm with. There are 10 available bachelors and bachelorettes to woo, each with unique character progression cutscenes. Once married, your partner will live on the farm with you. Who knows, maybe you’ll have kids and start a family? * Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the local fishing spots. Craft bait, bobbers, and crab pots to help you in your journey toward catching every fish and becoming a local legend! * Donate artifacts and minerals to the local museum. * Cook delicious meals and craft useful items to help you out. With over 100 cooking and crafting recipes, you’ll have a wide variety of items to create. Craft useful objects like scarecrows, oil makers, furnaces, or even the rare and expensive crystalarium!