Stardew Valley 1.5 update is 'in the home stretch'

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(Image credit: Eric Barone)
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We've been waiting for Stardew Valley 1.5 for nearly a year now—since February 2020—and you know what? That's fine, because creator Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone seems like a really good guy, and he's obviously putting a lot of time and effort into it, out of love for the game and its community. And, in case you'd forgotten, he's doing other things, too.

Even so, it's nice to get an update every now and then, to at least confirm that the wheels are still turning. So fans were pretty happy today when Barone tweeted that the update is "in the 'home stretch'."

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"It's definitely more heavy on the late-game content, but there are some new features/options that you can choose for a new game that might make a fresh run worthwhile," he teased in a follow-up tweet.

Barone hasn't yet gone into deep detail about the 1.5 update, but we do have some idea of what's coming (opens in new tab), including a telephone stand, a new type of chest, a new artisan machine for processing bones, maybe a banana tree (opens in new tab), and a mysterious new door (opens in new tab) in Willy's fish shop that leads to... well, that's one of the things we don't know.

With luck, we'll find out soon, although Barone still hasn't hinted at a release date. So for now, let's all take a minute to de-stress after a long week by looking at some beautiful Stardew Valley farms (opens in new tab).

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.