Stardew Valley may not get another update, the creator is already thinking about his next game

Nintendo Switch Stardew Valley Indie Box
Nintendo Switch Stardew Valley Indie Box (Image credit: Nadine Dornieden / iMore)

What you need to know

  • Stardew Valley is one of the biggest modern farming simulators.
  • The game's creator, Eric Barone, co-hosted the first official Stardew Valley Cup, where players speedran the game.
  • When asked, Barone seemed unsure of whether he would release another update for the game.

Anyone who enjoys farming simulators will tell you that Stardew Valley is an absolute gem. The game has received constant support from the game's creator, Eric Barone, who managed to craft the entire base game on his own after almost half a decade. The game has received critical acclaim, even becoming so popular that a board game with a Stardew theme got released.

In a move not often seen in the game's genre, a speedrunning competition was held for Stardew Valley, called the Stardew Valley Cup. It was co-hosted by Zach "UnsurpassableZ" Hartman and Barone himself. As was seen in a report by Eurogamer, Hartman and Barone discussed modifications, or mods, which are user-generated content that is added to the game to change things, such as who is eligible to be a marriage candidate.

Barone explained his reasons for not including more villagers or marriage candidates himself, as it would just be a "ton of work" with the number of events and items that would need to be coded in. When asked about whether more updates would be coming to the game, Barone expressed uncertainty, saying, "I'm not saying there's going to be another Stardew Valley update. I don't even know at this point. Right now I am focused on my next game. So, we'll see."

While some fans may feel disappointed, it's important to bear in mind just how much support this game has gotten. Multiple new updates, quests, and even post-game areas to explore were added alongside the ability to play with three other friends on one farm, which can't have been an easy feat to implement. After extensive periods of development, developers often need fresh ideas to prevent burnout, so it's not surprising that Barone is looking to create another game outside of Pelican Town.

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Nadine Dornieden

Nadine is a freelance writer for iMore with a specialty in all things Nintendo, often working on news, guides, reviews, and editorials. She's been a huge Nintendo fan ever since she got to pet her very own Nintendog, and enjoys looking at Nintendo's place in the video game industry. Writing is her passion, but she mostly does it so that she can pay off her ever-growing debt to Tom Nook. Her favorite genres are simulation games, rhythm games, visual novels, and platformers. You can find her at @stopthenadness on Twitter, where she'll more than likely be reposting cute Animal Crossing content.