Eric ‘ConcernedApe’ Barone has dropped somewhat teaser of what we will count on with Stardew Valley’s 1.6 update, and it looks as if he is been unable to assist himself, with extra on provide than initially promised.

Initially we weren’t even positive if a 1.6 update would occur in any respect, with Barone saying he was “not prepared to commit” to 1. That modified in November 2022 when he dropped that he was engaged on it, however quelled hype by cementing that it will be a modding-focused update, with far much less on provide than the juggernaut 1.5 update. He additional iterated its smaller dimension in April this yr, however added that there could be new game content material.

(Picture credit score: ConcernedApe through Twitter)

Now we have now a really small perception into what a few of that new content material will likely be. Barone tweeted out a number of bullet factors of what to anticipate, together with a brand new competition, new gadgets—one in every of which is probably going an iridium scythe—further dialogue, “secrets and techniques,” and completed it off with a mysterious “???” bullet level. He is right that it is definitely lower than the expansion-sized updates of Stardew previous, but it surely’s nonetheless much more than what I used to be anticipating when he introduced he was engaged on 1.6 final yr. 

New dialogue choices are all the time appreciated, particularly after I can quote most of Pelican City’s residents from reminiscence at this level. I’ve by no means been big into Stardew’s festivals, however I am wanting ahead to seeing what Barone has to supply regardless. In fact, I am additionally deeply interested by what secrets and techniques and question-mark-worthy content material is ready for me, too. 

The 1.6 update remains to be deliberate to be closely targeted on enhancing the modding expertise, but it surely’s good to have some additional goodies to look ahead to. No phrase on when the update will likely be launched but, however I would take a guess that we will count on it earlier than the yr is out, particularly contemplating Barone has been taking a break from creating Haunted Chocolatier to work on this.