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Stardew Valley creator Eric ‘ConcernedApe’ Barone has been teasing the next big update for the farming sim, sending fans’ excitement skyward as they speculate on what’s in store come the Stardew Valley 1.6 update release date.
The tweet didn’t give too much away about what’s in store, but did reveal there’ll be a new festival, new items, more dialogues and ‘secrets’ – plus potentially more. Thanks in part to the generous wealth of content from previous update, fans on the Stardew Valley subreddit already have their wishlist of what this new festival could entail, with some even hoping Braone takes inspiration from his next game, Haunted Chocolatier.
The SeaMeat says “I’m actually hoping he adds Valentine’s Day and White Day, and that the new items include chocolate. Then, on Valentine’s Day you give chocolate to the NPC you like, and a week later they give you cookies on White Day.” Meanwhile, Mariam67 wants to fill a glaring omission in the game’s events calendar. “I would like to have my own birthday. Why does everyone else get a birthday except for me? But I’ll be happy with any new holiday. I can’t wait.”
Some are also hoping that existing festivals get a bit more depth in the upcoming patch, such as fatherofraptors who says “I really really wish he’d add variability for the festivals we already have, so they’re different every year. It doesn’t need many iterations, maybe just like 3 so the cycle repeats every 3 years (most people probably don’t play much after 3 years in each farm). Make them random so you never know which one you’ll “start” with.”
Of course, the new seasonal event isn’t the only thing on fans’ wishlists, and the vagueness of the last two items on Barone’s tease offer up a wealth of possibilities. “I hope to see kids do more on the farm,” says guinealover6674. “I know there’s a mod for it, but it becomes with enough potential conflicts that I don’t dare run it with my already extensive list.” Mimicpants agrees, saying “Frankly, I’d like them to leave the house with your spouse. It feels very weird to leave two toddlers alone in a house for hours at a time every day. Heck, my dog has more interactivity with the farm.”
What many members of the community are in agreement over, however, is how generous Barone is being still updating the enormously popular farming sim some seven years after its original release, and despite him working on his next project. Alas, we don’t know when Haunted Chocolatier will arrive yet, but while we’re still getting Stardew Valley updates like this, fans probably won’t mind waiting a little longer.
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