Fans of the highly acclaimed farming simulator Stardew Valley may have been handed an unexpected Christmas surprise after the game received its biggest update since its official release in 2016.
Simply called the 1.5 content update, players can now experience fantastic new features like splitscreen co-op (finally!) on the PC. Console gamers will have to wait until early next year and it is unclear when the update will arrive to the game’s mobile version.
According to Eric Barone, the creator of Stardew Valley, there will be up to 4-player splitscreen co-op on PC, but “on some other platforms it might be limited to 2.”
Another big addition is a new beachside farm, where players can find plenty of spots to fish and forage. However, farming will not be as easy since players will not be able to use sprinklers to water all their plants. And oh, ostriches can also be reared as farm animals now.
Longtime fans will also be glad to know that a new late-game area has been added, featuring an explorable volcano-themed dungeon, among various other things.
Late-game content is the apparent focus of the new update following the introduction of a new region called Ginger Island, which has new locations, dialogue, events, minigames, puzzles, and a whole quest line involving multiple NPCs. There are also a slew of new enemies to fight like the Dwarvish Sentry, Lava Lurk and Tiger Slime, among many others.
There are also a few quality-of-life updates, including the ability to move around and replace furniture like beds and the default shipping bin.
For a full list of changes and upgrades that are part of Stardew Valley’s 1.5 update, check out the official blog and changelog.
If you’ve never played Stardew Valley, perhaps now is a great chance to start since the game is currently 33 percent off on Steam in conjunction with the latest content update.