Everyone’s favorite sentimentality-infused farm simulator Stardew Valley is set for release on the PS Vita. A post by developer Concerned Ape confirmed the news today, revealing a May 22nd release date.
Since it emerged over a year ago that the port was being tentatively explored, we’ve heard very little, prompting questions around whether the project had been abandoned. Stardew Valley developer, Eric Barone, did finally reassure fans that it was moving ahead a few months back and today he confirmed that would be farmers will soon be able to well and truly sample the delights of country life on the go.
As announced back in December, this version sadly won’t ship with the recent multiplayer update, which allows up to four players to share farm duties and explore together. It does, however, include all the depth, rewarding farming, obsessive playability, and the swathe of lovable NPCs featured on PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox, and Switch versions. The absence of multiplayer is a minor inconvenience given how seamlessly a lone pursuit of the game turns into hundreds of hours, if not more, of playtime.
The PS Vita version is cross-buy meaning one copy grants access to PS4 as well, and vice-versa. Existing owners of the PS4 version can simply download the game to their Vita free of charge. As for cross-platform save compatibility, nothing was announced, but we expect further details as we near the launch date.
Given how absorbing Stardew Valley is on other supported platforms, we wholly expect the same for the PS Vita port. From Chuckle Fish’s perspective it makes sense to continue expanding the game as it guarantees further commercial success.
As to why the port took so long to see the light of day, no information was forthcoming. PS Vita owners will nevertheless count their blessings safe in the knowledge that their very beloved handheld console receives less and less attention as the years progress.