ConcernedApe, the one-person development team behind the hit Steam game Stardew Valley
, announced console ports are on the way.
On February 26th the RPG farming simulator released to overwhelmingly positive user reviews on Steam
and exploded in popularity, peaking at almost 65,000 concurrent players.Stardew Valley
receives frequent comparisons to Harvest Moon
. But "truth be told, the game deserves more recognition then just a comparison. The reason being is that not only is this game better than all my original feelings towards Harvest Moon
, but it is easily the best indie game I have ever played," said Steam reviewer calaeyo.
In a blog post
where a huge content update, co-op multiplayer, non-English localization, Mac/Linux ports, console ports and physical merchandise were announced, ConcernedApe said:Now, there’s obviously a huge amount of work involved to achieve all this… and I am just one person. I know in the past I’ve been very adamant about doing everything myself… and I still am, when it comes to game design and content. However, I’ve decided to seek outside help for some of the more technical things listed above. More specifically, I’ve accepted an offer from Chucklefish in which they will handle the porting, localization, and the technical side of multiplayer. This will allow me to focus on creating new game content for version 1.1, which I will continue to do entirely on my own.
The Steam version is also already fully loaded with controller compatibility, putting out of the way the often challenging task of making a native PC game accessible for controller users.
There is no confirmation on which consoles Stardew Valley
is destined for or what the expected release date would be. "There’s no official timetable for any of this yet… Mainly I just want to let you all know that multiplayer, porting and localization are actively being worked on," ConcernedApe said.