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News video games 23 May 2024, 08:35

author: Jacob Blazewicz

Stardew Valley Won't Be Updated Forever, but Its Dev Still Has Plenty of Ideas for Expanding It

Eric „ConcernedApe” Barone doesn't want to work on Stardew Valley forever. However, he doesn't recognize that he's done with the development of his popular game.

Source: Eric „ConcernedApe” Barone.

After the latest updates, it's clear that Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone can't part with his first creation, even though he's working on another game. There is also a chance that the development of Stardew Valley won't end with the next major update, but the dev doesn't want to work on one project forever.

In an interview for PC Gamer (via Games Radar), Barone stated that although he has no specific plans for SV, he cannot say he has closed this chapter of his life. The dev usually avoids making any "major assumptions" and instead prefers to "wait and see what the future holds."

The developer also admitted that he has many ideas for the development of Stardew Valley, which he hasn't yet implemented. The dev still believes he could "improve every aspect of the game" and continue working on it forever, despite it being over 12 years since its release.

Barone become part of the narrative popular among developers in recent months, which suggests that video game development is never truly finished. Instead, creators simply reach a point where they decide that their title is already "good" and stop working on it. ConcernedApe was supposed to finish developing SV a long time ago, after releasing a "small" update for modders. In the end, version 1.6 proved to be a big update Stardew Valley received (on PC; a version for consoles and mobile devices is still in development).

However, following the next hotfix for version 1.6 (which will also prepare the update for release on other platforms), Barone intends to take a brief vacation before returning to work on his next project: Haunted Chocolatier.

Furthermore, we also know that SV has the potential to receive an additional big update.

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Graduated with a master's degree in Polish Studies from the University of Warsaw with a thesis dedicated to this very subject. Started his adventure with in 2015, writing in the Newsroom and later also in the film and technology sections (also contributed to the Encyclopedia). Interested in video games (and not only video games) for years. He began with platform games and, to this day, remains a big fan of them (including Metroidvania). Also shows interest in card games (including paper), fighting games, soulslikes, and basically everything about games as such. Marvels at pixelated characters from games dating back to the time of the Game Boy (if not older).