Stardew Valley’s Version 1.1 Open Beta Is Live

The sprawling Stardew Valley’s [official site] Version 1.1 has entered its beta phase, and creator ConcernedApe (Eric Barone to us normies) has a whole slew of new features to test out including new marriage options, divorce, construction and more. If you’re interested in taking the plunge, ready your bug spray and hop right in.

The beta’s available for you to test out right now, and with it also come five new farm maps focused on different skill areas, additional quests, buildings and more. If conjuring beings with the aid of dark magic is your thing you can make special offerings at Evil Shrines, too. There’s a ridiculous amount of new things you can check out, in fact. So many things that you should probably go and check out the entirety of the official forum post that details all of it.

You can nab the patch’s beta version currently by finding Stardew Valley deep within the annals of your Steam library, right clicking it, choosing “Properties” and then “Betas,” and then selecting “Beta” from the dropdown box you see there. The patch will begin downloading, as you’ve opted in to receiving the update. Wait for it to finish, and you’re ready to dig in. Literally dig. Because there’s a lot of farming to be done. Enjoy!

The update is due to officially launch on Monday, but that’s no help this weekend is it?

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  1. Isendur says:

    This. This is what I like to read about – a finished game being polished by a dedicated creator. Devs – this is how you should do business (you know what game I’m talking about).

    • Blastaz says:

      Sadly we don’t, as there are rather too many counter examples.

      Anyone got any tips for getting into this game? Tried a couple of times but it always seeemd to sprawling…

      • JosiahXIII says:

        I’d say the most important thing is too not try to do everything at once. Make sure you can water all of your crops without killing you entire stamina bar. If it rains, go to the mines. Build a silo early if you can. It’s pretty inexpensive and you can have it filled up by the time you want animals.

        The main thing about games like Stardew Valley and the Harvest Moon games that inspired it, is that you don’t have a set time limit. Take your time and do what you want. I’m almost done my first fall and I just got around to building a coop. Some people might have that done by the end of the first season.

        tl;dr start small and don’t feel pressured to do everything in one season.

        • Rizlar says:

          But Harvest Moon did have a time limit. You only had a number of years before your parents would turn up and judge you for having married the barmaid and fathered two sprogs in your modest cottage and turnip patch.

          Good advice though, I was also a bit overwhelmed by the amount of stuff to do in SV (meet all the people in the village? how many of the buggers are there?!). Look forward to going back at some point.

          • mechavolt says:

            Stardew Valley also has a time limit like this, but if you don’t care you can keep playing forever afterwards.

      • Turkey says:

        At the start of the game I would work on the farm every morning until you’re exhausted, then you’re free for the rest of the day to explore and get to know the place. It’s really not as big as you imagine.

        Don’t worry about maximizing and getting everything right the first year. You get a second chance in year 2, and by then you’re experienced enough to know what you want to do.

        • Turkey says:

          JosiahXIII’s right about the stamina bar. Don’t kill it completely or you’ll be moving slower than molasses. It’s been a while since I’ve played it.

          • Buzko says:

            Er, you guys might want to head north of Linus’s camp. Something there can help with your stamina issues.

          • SalaciousJames says:

            The spa isn’t available during the first Spring, if I recall correctly.

    • AngoraFish says:

      It’s an easy luxury when the game’s already made a mint of money and there’s no need to worry about how your next bill is going to be paid.

  2. Doctor Pandafaust says:

    If i remember correctly you can even continue to be “rejudged” after that for a payment. I won’t put in any spoilers but there’s no hard limit at all really.

  3. Jezebeau says:

    “Spouse still in house after divorce.” is one of the funniest bugs I’ve ever seen.

  4. Marrow says:

    Following up on the release track/status of this led to me following up on the other games on my list. Do you guys at RPS have any idea what’s happening with Witchmarsh? Seems to be radio silence since May, which is never a great sign

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