Stardew Valley’s long-awaited 1.6 update gets March release date on PC

Stardew Valley is celebrating its eighth anniversary today (yes, I couldn’t believe it either) and developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has marked the occasion by announcing a release date for his beloved farm-life sim’s eagerly awaited 1.6 update – which is coming to PC on 19th March, with a console and mobile release to follow “as soon as possible”.

Stardew Valley’s 1.6 update was revealed to be in the works back in June 2022, when Barone warned it would be relatively modest in scope and ‘mostly modding-focused’. Since then, however, it’s ballooned substantially, with Barone so far confirming it’ll bring one major new festival and two new mini festivals, new items and crafting recipes, new dialogue lines, a new farm type, new late-game content, winter outfits for villagers, a new larger chest, 8-player co-op on PC, plus – most importantly of all – hats for cats and dogs.

It was exactly one month ago today that Barone last shared a progress report on 1.6’s development, revealing he was “done adding major new content” and that it would “definitely” release this year – and we now have an exact date to mark in our calendars.

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