If you were looking for a cozy old favorite multiplayer game to duck back into over the long weekend, Stardew Valley has offered itself up for your appraisal with its latest content update, modestly known only as 1.4.
“This update not only adds new content and features to the game, but improves the gameplay experience significantly with tons of quality of life features… including some things the community has requested for a long time,” dev Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone writes. “There’s also an enormous amount of bug fixes and some optimizations improvements – in short, the game is more polished than ever.”
I spy an endgame mystery quest, new character events, new spouse events, fish ponds for you insatiable fishing people, a lush new farm map called Four Corners (looks nothing at all like the actual Four Corners but I like it anyway), movie theaters, tailoring and dyeing, gobs of new items, new cat and dog breeds, gobs of multiplayer tweaks, it just rolls on and on. My favorites?
“Junimo Kart has been completely redone and is now actually fun.”
“You can now remove horse hats (by interacting with the horse while holding another hat).”
“Added Trash Bear to clean up trash around town in year 3+.”
“Divorced spouses no longer attend your wedding.”
The update is out for PC, Mac, and Linux on Steam & GOG, and yep, it’s free. (Note that the Switch, on which I also own this game because I have no chill, plus Xbox One, PS4, and Android, aren’t yet patched, but Barone says it should be “soon.”)