Stardew Valley Beta Patch Adds Divorce, Squashes Bugs

by Ian Boudreau on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Players who own Stardew Valley on Steam can try out a beta build of version 1.1 of the game.

Developer ConcernedApe posted Wednesday evening on the Stardew Valley forums that the update can be downloaded by opting into the beta in the game's Steam settings (right click on the game title in your Steam library, select "Properties," and use the drop-down menu in the Betas tab to select "beta").

The patch introduces a host of new features and bugfixes. A couple notable highlights from the changelog:

  • Shane and Emily are now available to marry. They each have new events, music, and more!
  • You can now choose from five different farm maps at character creation, each of which focus on a different skill area
  • "Shed" building... An empty room that can be decorated, filled with kegs, etc.
  • "Mill" building... Can be used to turn wheat into flour and beets into sugar overnight
  • New house upgrade from Robin that adds a cellar to your house and teaches you the "cask" crafting recipe. In the cellar, you can use Casks to age cheese and alcohol, increasing their quality.
  • Divorce. You can file from a little book in mayor's house.

There are plenty more additions and fixes. If you decide to opt into the beta, the developers recommend backing up your save files, just as a precaution. You can check out Javy Gwaltney's Stardew Valley review here.

[Source: Stardew Valley forums]

Our Take
Javy described Stardew Valley as "terrific" when it came out, but it's great to see the developer taking steps to add to and improve the game post-launch. We're not sure what "void mayonnaise" is, or why someone would want to make it, but we're willing to give it a try.