If you’re not a big fan of Steam’s dominance of gaming trends in the west, maybe you think a competitor will do the service some good — and a competitor does indeed to appear to be on the way.
A tweet lobbed by Niko Partners games industry analyst Daniel Ahmad on Easter sent games journalist scurrying to cover his claim that Tencent is planning a relaunch of its existing games platform as a global Steam-competitor dubbed WeGame. The existing service, Tencent Games Platform, already has 200 million users in China, but when relaunched, it’ll service the west too, beginning with a release of 100 games from primarily western developers. Gamasutra reports that Stardew Valley and Don’t Starve are already on the platform, the latter having sold a million copies there in its first month.
Tencent is already the largest gaming company in the world and according to Bloomberg is currently the 10th largest publicly traded company on the planet. Massively OP readers know it best as the company that owns League of Legends studio Riot Games.
Adorable retro sandbox Stardew Valley is releasing a boxed collector’s edition today. Expect the original game, plus a soundtrack disc (hey Justin), a guidebook, and a map. OK, the map part is pretty cool. Chucklefish’s posted price is $29.99 on both core consoles in North America, with rollouts across the global later this week.
The main reason we keep an eye on Stardew Valley is that it’s been planned for multiplayer for over a year now, but it’s taking foreeeeeever. It was meant to launch in October with the 1.1 patch but didn’t. In December, console launches came and went. In February, Stardew creator Eric Barone revealed the game will land on the Switch, and indeed the Switch will see multiplayer after PC and before the other consoles — but still not soon. The update won’t even be ready in time for summer, Chucklefish said at the time.
And so… we wait. Welp, here’s a new trailer to tide you over at least.
The wait for Stardew Valley’s promised multiplayer mode has been longer than most initially expected, but the good news is that it’s actually coming — and soon. PC is slated to get it first, but the surprise revealed today is which of the console editions will be next in line. Oddly enough, that honor will go to the the brand-new Nintendo Switch.
Chucklefish Games announced today that adorable farm sim Stardew Valley is destined for console, and soon: It launches on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next week with preorders already up, coming full circle back to its Harvest Moon roots.
Why cover this here? Earlier this year, Stardew creator Eric Barone revealed he was working on a co-op multiplayer mode for the game, originally planned for the 1.1 patch. That patch landed in October, bringing with it new farm maps, new spouses, new buildings, and new crops, as well as brewing… but no multiplayer.
“Multiplayer is still under development,” Barone posted just five weeks back. “I know it’s taking a while, but it should be worth the wait.”
In the meantime, there’s a mod for that — literally. Modders have crafted a plugin called Makeshift Multiplayer as a “temporary solution” until the functionality is baked into the main game. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go download all the Stardew Valley mods.
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Have you been sucked into the charming microcosm of farming, dating, and crafting that is Stardew Valley? This retro-designed indie title is one of the big breakout hits of 2016, and now it looks as though it’s poised to make an impression on the multiplayer space.
Currently, Stardew Valley offers only a single-player experience, but that should change in the near future. Version 1.1 for the game will contain a co-op multiplayer mode, although it’s not known if this means just being able to play with one other person online or several. The game’s sole developer said that he is farming (cough) out the multiplayer and console port efforts to another studio so that he can focus on creating more content for the game.