Stardew Valley's Upcoming 1.4 Update Dated And Improvements Detailed
It's also the first time developer ConcernedApe has worked with others on the game.
Stardew Valley has been teasing something big for patch 1.4, which developer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has called the "everything" update. A new post on the Stardew Valley developer blog has gone into detail about what we can expect from patch 1.4, including additions that will be made to endgame romance plots, and when the patch will be live for the PC version of the game.
The 1.4. update is coming to the PC version of the game on November 26, 2019, and will add a "pretty big variety of new things" to the farming sim, which first released in 2016. The aim of this patch, Barone says, is to "polish" the game to a point where it completely matches his original vision for the game, introducing quality of life improvements and bug fixes that "will make the game more seamless to play." Barone has promised that "nearly every aspect of the game has been expanded or improved upon in some way." One example he gives is Wild Bait, which previously served very little purpose, but will now make it possible to catch double fish when you use it during fishing.
There will be tweaks big and small, including a new 14-heart event for every potential spouse after you marry them. This means that even if you feel like you've finished absolutely everything in the game, there will be more content to discover, including plenty of stuff that Barone doesn't want to announce yet so that players can be surprised. Also significant is the addition of a unique screenshot function for the PC version, which will add the ability to take a screenshot of your entire farm, or any other area, from the options menu. This means that you can show off what your whole farm looks like without needing to stitch together multiple shots. There's no mention of a similar functionality coming to the console or mobile versions of the game, which will be receiving 1.4 "a few weeks" after the PC release.
Barone is aiming for a simultaneous release across all systems, but there are some caveats--the PS Vita version will receive another patch to fix some issues with the current build, but no content beyond what was offered in 1.2, and there are no plans to bring multiplayer functionality to the mobile versions of the game. The 1.3 multiplayer patch has now come to every console, having recently made it to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Also interesting to note is the fact that the 1.4 update represents the first time Barone has allowed other people to work on his game. "I formed a small team earlier this year to help me continue working on Stardew Valley," Barone wrote. The patch was developed with the help of two other people.
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