The long-awaited multiplayer mode of Stardew Valley is nearly complete and pegged for arrival later this year.
Posting on the official website, developer Chucklefish shared a few details as to how the online aspect will effect the farming community. From the surface, the multiplayer mode is essentially a cooperative version of the entire game. Going deeper brings to light one of the main new features called farmhands, which allows players to build three cabins on their farms to house friends.
Those who choose to move in can do almost anything and everything on the farm. This includes mining, fighting, foraging, planting, and even marrying other non-playable characters. This also means that friends will have their own separate inventories, which become chests in their cabins when they are not online.
According to Chucklefish, the marrying feature is actually based on popular request from the community. In addition, it plans to keep pushing updates and other features with time to make the farming experience with friends even better.
Stardew Valley will receive the multiplayer mode first on PC at the end of the year. It will initially be in beta form and the final version is slated for release early next year. Console versions will launch at a currently unspecified time after that, with the Nintendo Switch update coming first.
Stardew Valley launched last year and is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It is also coming to the Switch sometime this year. The indie game has already amassed several accolades. It received multiple nominations in the Golden Joystick Awards and The Game Awards last year.