Video games have always been a form of escapism that allow us to live out our fantasies and dreams. Whether you are saving the world or just going about a different kind of life, there is something out there for you. One of the best life sims has to be ConcernedApe’s Stardew Valley. The farming sim has earned itself a loyal following with its excellent design and gameplay mechanics, and everything is set to get even better with the most recent update. Following a tease about new features coming, developer Eric Barone shared an even bigger bombshell. Update 1.5 for Stardew Valley is now live, and it is one hefty update.
The headlining addition is that of a new farm type. Players can now get a fresh start in a new type of environment. If grass is not your favorite surface, perhaps sand is more up your alley. There are also plenty of foraging and fishing activities to be done here. You will even see more open space to do as you see fit. However, do note that sprinklers are not going to work in the sandy soil.
Advanced game options will also let you customize your game further. Remixing the Community Center Bundles will result in random bundles. This includes both new and variations of the originals. Mine rewards can also be remixed, with more randomized variety to spice things up. Of course, there are new hairstyles to check out too.
Change up how you play
Update 1.5 for Stardew Valley also includes the arrival of split-screen co-op. If you want to get your friends involved, the process is quite simple. All you need is to build cabins for up to 3 other players, or have them added before the start of your game. Get into the menus, and start local co-op. Farming together has never been easier.
For players who have gotten into modding their games, be sure to check if there are new updates. The Stardew Valley update 1.5 already supports mods from prominent modders. If your mods are not yet compatible, it won’t be too long before they are as well.
Barone also pointed to significant endgame changes for Stardew Valley with update 1.5. These will go into spoilers territory, so read the full changelog at your own peril. However, if you want to get a feel of what to expect, here are some of the new features that are spoiler-free.
For a start, there will be more new people to meet in the game. That will obviously result in new goals to meet, and even more new items to add to your collection. A new quest type will also be in the mix during your life as an aspiring farmer. The new beach farm will give players more options when it comes to layouts.
A new coat of paint
Update 1.5 for Stardew Valley also adds in new character events alongside a new Community Upgrade. For those with full upgrades for your house, you can look forward to home renovations as well. Funnily enough, ducks will now be able to swim, while players can now sit in chairs and move their beds. Fish tanks will allow you to decorate your spaces further, while more furniture items have been added. Lastly, there are new secrets to be found while you listen to nine new music tracks.
With so many changes now implemented as part of update 1.5 for Stardew Valley, it almost feels like an entirely new game. With 2020 being such a bummer of a year, perhaps some relaxing time spent in Stardew Valley is all everyone needs. There’s no better time than now to start.