Stardew Valley Launches Multiplayer Beta on Steam and GoG

Stardew Valley Launches Multiplayer Beta on Steam and GoG

Now's your chance to plough with pals.

Farms take a lot of work to run. It's not a job for one person, that's for sure. Thankfully, the immensely popular farming sim Stardew Valley is deep into testing its multiplayer options. If you have the game on Steam or GoG, you can help!

Earlier today Tom Coxon, a developer at Chucklefish, posted information about Stardew Valley's multiplayer beta and offered instructions on how you can join.

First and foremost, Stardew Valley's multiplayer beta is currently only available to people who own the game on Steam, and it'll be available to people who own it on GoG in a few days. Once you've opted into the beta, you can become a host farm by building up to three cottages for your friends to live in (they're cheap). You can also add cabins to a new farm if that's how you want to build up your multiplayer experience. However you choose to play, back up your save data first!

"What? 'Indoor plumbing?' Look, what do you want for 100g?"

So far, you can't have randos join your farm. For a wholesome Stardew Valley multiplayer experience, you can do one of five things: Let Steam / GoG friends join your farm directly through their co-op menu (provided your privacy settings let your friends see which game you're playing), let friends join directly through your Steam / GoG Friends List, invite friends over with the "Invite Friends" button in the settings menu, or invite someone who's not on your Steam / GOG Friends List with invite codes. These codes also allow cross-platform play between Steam and GoG users (Chucklefish says it has no plans to expand cross-platform play beyond Steam and GoG at this time).

Finally, you can let friends join your farm through a good old-fashioned LAN party. Neither Steam nor GoG is necessary to play side-by-side with flesh-and-blood pals as long as your computers are set up to find each other.

Stardew Valley creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone showed off a screenshot of Stardew Valley's multiplayer back in January. It seems fun. Crop-watering parties for all!

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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