One man developer and Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone has confirmed that the multiplayer update for Nintendo Switch is now complete, subject to a round of QA and testing.
Switch players have patiently been waiting for the multiplayer update since it released for PC this summer, and it seems they may not have too much longer to wait. Allowing players to participate cooperatively in homesteading, engaging together in vibrant village life, mining and generally exploring the whimsical world of Stardew Valley, the multiplayer update injects new life into game still going strong over two years after release. Stardew Valley is the ideal multiplayer game and the PC version has received nothing short of rave reviews all-round.
In a tweet authored on Barone Concerned Ape handle, he said ‘The Stardew Valley multiplayer update for Nintendo Switch is now in QA. Will let you all know ASAP when more concrete info becomes available!’
Fans were somewhat perplexed by the announcement and requested clarification, to which Barone added ‘Sorry, should’ve been more clear. QA stands for “Quality Assurance”, and means that the actual development of the update for Switch is (presumed to be) finished, and is now being tested thoroughly to ensure there are no bugs/crashes’.
Fortunately, the Stardew Valley Switch port isn’t being exclusively handled by Barone with a big helping hand from publisher Chucklefish meaning testing should be completed relatively quickly, subject to the team not uncovering a minefield of issues, though no firm date was provided. As for whether the Switch port will require a Switch Online subscription is yet to be confirmed though the chances are highly likely given only a few select titles don’t require it.
Next in line should be a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of the update though given how long it has taken for Stardew Valley multiplayer to launch on PC and Switch, we won’t be holding our breath. Yet, for an update so damn good, we can wait as long as it takes.