If you’re a console player and a fan of farming sim games, today is an exciting day. Stardew Valley, the indie farming sim RPG that rushed to the top of the charts after its launch PC earlier this year, is coming to consoles.
Stardew Valley is popular not only for its similarities to games like Harvest Moon and Rune Factory, but also for its differences. Its open-ended nature and mix of gameplay styles let it stand out from the genre and helped make it the success it became.
Today, the developer announced that Stardew Valley is on its way to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Wii U. This is an especially unexpected announcement for Wii U fans, since the Wii U’s life cycle is coming to a close.
(The Mac and Linux versions are still in progress.)
The console versions of Stardew Valley are planned for later this year, in time for the holiday season. If you’ve played Stardew Valley on the PC and have concerns about its controller support, don’t worry. The developer is aware that current controller support for Stardew Valley is less than ideal, and that’s a problem he fully intends to handle before the console versions launch:
“It’s very important to me that playing Stardew Valley with console controllers is intuitive and effortless. I’ll be the first to admit that the current, rudimentary controller support in the PC version is far from ideal, and it will need to be adjusted prior to the launch.”
He went on to say that he hopes to make use of special features like the Wii U’s GamePad screen. All in all, it sounds as though Stardew Valley on consoles should be just as polished and exciting an experience as it is on the PC.
It’s a little surprising that the three home consoles are being targeted rather than the handhelds. Stardew Valley feels as though it would be a natural fit for the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Nevertheless, console ports are still excellent news.
Do you plan to buy Stardew Valley when it comes to consoles? Let us know in the comments.
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