Dev Update #23

Hi everyone!

The past few weeks I’ve been working on house-related stuff: upgrades, furniture, wallpaper, etc.

It’s been lots and lots of drawing… considering that many furniture types can be rotated and need to be drawn from front, side, and back.

furniture1So far, I’ve added 112 unique wallpapers, 40 floor styles, and about 150 pieces of furniture.


You can upgrade your house twice, with each upgrade granting you a new ability. For example, the first upgrade adds a kitchen to your house and allows you to cook. Each upgrade also adds more space for you to use however you see fit.



You can buy furniture, wallpaper, and flooring from the local shops. They’ll carry different styles each day, so you won’t have much trouble making your home look unique!

Next up: Marriage/Domestic Life.

Thanks for reading!






  • Obble

    Can’t wait for release!


  • Tenshiamon

    Looking great

  • João Paulo

    Game’s looking great already! Can’t wait to play it

    • guest

      more 3 years 🙂

  • RemnantDrive

    Oh, jeez. That’s a lot of spritework. Good job, Ape.

  • hsidnomeL

    To say I’m excited about this game would be an understatement on par with saying the sun is “kinda bright”. Every update looks amazing and I can’t wait to play. Keep up the awesome work mate. You’ve got a ton of people ready to throw money at you when this is done.

  • Isaac

    As someone who’s tried to do all the artwork for a very modest RPG, I can attest to the fact that you’re a bamf for doing all that art yourself.

    I also am totally on-board with upgrade-able and customizable houses. It has forever irked me that Harvest Moon didn’t really allow you to customize your house all that much. It never felt like a home; it was the place you spammed cooking recipes to level, checked your calendar and went to sleep every night. Thanks for putting that option in the game!

  • Richie Donahou

    Nice touch! Keep up the good work

  • Shantalya1 .


  • Paulo Buzon

    Nice nice!!

  • Irrimn

    I think I speak for everyone when I say, AWESOME! Now when are you gonna let us test it for you because you’re gonna need some testers before release, right? RIGHT?!

  • Magzilla

    It all looks so lovely! Thank you so much for the update!! Merry Christmas 😀

  • t0ofIy

    i quit playing video games some years back but every once in awhile a game will come along that i just have to play. nerdy little farm games are my guilty pleasure. can’t wait to play.

  • FuzzyBubbles

    I’ve never been so hyped for a game in my life.

  • pissed off nigga

    fuk u bich ass release dis shit already

    • Zael

      Under whose floorboards do you trolls crawl from?!?

  • I know this is kinda white noise but i’m mega hyped for this game. Does anyone know if its going to be on Steam? Oh I think it is on Steam, if anyone wants to play online when it comes out add me billy_popeye

    • Stylµs

      It has been greenlit already as far as I know. Quite some time ago, actually.

  • Mike tompson

    I’m going to get laid before this game comes out.

    • Dunkaroo !

      No you’re not…

      • Mike tompson

        No you won’t*

      • Mike tompson

        Just got laid. gg
        Told you so.

  • Sophia Hart

    Can you craft furniture?

  • ElectricPrism

    SV is always my #1 favorite new RSS feed News 🙂

    Cant wait to play with the wife on our Linux PCs :).

  • Riotpopper

    I would do some truly horrible things to be able to play some sort of Demo this Christmas.

    It’s looking great man! I’m glad you have a good head on your shoulders and are waiting until it’s finished to release it, it saves a lot of hassle and honestly speeds up the production process since you won’t have to release test builds constantly.

    Happy Holidays, and good luck with everything. Your art style looks incredible btw, Nostalgic yet new and “comfy” if art could be comfy.

  • Chris Thompson

    I can’t wait til this is done! I’m excited beyond measure. I really like that you’re not going to do early access, as I’ve seen that ruin and/or severely delay several games that do so. Instead of focusing on actually making the game, it turns into a “try to only work on what the testers are complaining about” mess. Which, in turn, usually hinders the development process by keeping the developer from being able to just make the game. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Harvest Moon games, and it seems you’re going to make a game that puts every one of those to shame. One thing I really am concerned about though, will there be an option to continue playing after the main storyline has been completed? That’s one thing that has always bothered me with the Harvest Moon games. The fact that you are always forced to stop playing and completely start over from the beginning. Keep up the great work 😀

  • thebaconatorman

    Fantastic! Wonderful amount of customization! I cannot wait for the next update! Keep up the good work.

  • Nathan Everson

    These monthly updates are literally the best thing ever. Thanks for taking the time to keep us informed and excited. Looking forward to the final product. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Dunkaroo !

    anyone who reads this update and then complains about the extended wait really is pretty ignorant.. it’s obvious that a lot of ongoing work is going on and any form of rushing the process would not help anyone whatsoever in the long run.

    The art looks really nice but the best part about it is that it looks as though ape put considerable effort into details.

    • Stylµs

      Calling people ignorant for being excited is pretty arrogant.

  • Anonymus

    I followed this blog for over one year and nothing changed. Same updates and same excited comments. Have fun never releasing the game.

    • Stylµs

      Feeling the same way to be honest. Roughly two years and this is it? Come on..

      • Dunkaroo !

        See above response and escort yourself from the premises sir. Your negativity is unneeded.

        • Stylµs

          It’s not a matter of necessity. Voicing ones own opinion is the every foundation of online communication. Escort yourself.

          • Dunkaroo !

            What I wanted to say to you I won’t say here out of respect to the developer and the mostly positive community surrounding the making of this game. If you are here just to complain then fine but seriously why are you here? How about you mention a few VALID reasons for why you deserve the game faster. Then I’ll escort myself. I’m waiting.

          • Stylµs

            Stop putting words in my mouth. I never said anything about deserving it faster nor have I said anything negative about the game other than it taking longer than anyone thought it would. If anything I voiced my ”complaint” simply out of anticipation. My girlfriend and I would love to get into this.
            I’m going to stop replying to you now. Feel free to deconstruct this post and add hyperbole to your hearts content.

      • Someone needs to learn what it means to make a game, or some people

        • Stylµs

          I’ve been involved with game development since the mid 90’s. I think the frustration here lies within the fact that the game seemed to be finished quite some time ago. I recall watching Tiyuri playing it on Twitch about a year ago. Ape was saying then that it only needed a bit of touch up work and some progression features to add in.

          (Wild Arms is one of my favorite RPGs of all time, by the way!)

          • Then sorry, but i honestly cant believe what you were saying, a game this big, 1 person working alone, not getting paid for it, living his real life at the same time?

            And its not just any game, its a not linear game, with different “branches” all around, i’d say if this game is finished by the 3rd year in this state, its an achievement.

            He said now he is working in adding more stuff, game might be done but adding more stuff does require the game to be in a complete state dont you think? so even if its complete…, you need to see what you want to to add, storylines, married life, etc… If it needs more to be a better experience, i really think considering everything, the pace has been good, others would had probably stopped a while a go frankly.

          • Guest

            This is the third year. It was already in working state before Chucklefish got involved.

          • guest

            very involved zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…. (oh more 3 years)

    • Dunkaroo !

      You’re expectations are too high for a one man team. That’s all there is to it. Also, maybe he has a life… You know where the door is. =)

      • guest

        3 years and nothing:)

  • Tony Han

    Jez, can’t believe you did all those art yourself. Merry xmas

  • I am so excited for this game even more now! I can’t wait for the official release!

  • Daniel Robert Campbell


  • I don’t know how much more excited I could be for this game!

  • GnomeBoy

    That purple chair looks like my kind of seat, nice! Welp, Happy Holidapes!

  • Green Avenger

    Ape this is looking great! Suggestions for domestic life. Child rearing would be great if it was somewhat like harvest moon a wonderful life on the GameCube. And maybe if you raise your child a certain way they will stay on the farm, move somewhere else in town doing their desired profession, or move off somewhere out side of stardew valley. Keep up the good work i am so excited for when you announce the release date. I look at this page pretty much ever hither day. It is a permanent tab in my browser. 🙂

  • This game looks awesome! Looking forward to playing it 🙂

  • raudskeggr

    It’s looking better and better! I am always very pleased to see when you post progress updates. Keep up the good work!

  • Dennis

    This is so much new Stuff 😮
    And this is all for us?
    Take my Money now!!!

  • Amanda

    This is so amazing. You’ve put so much into the game so far. I applaud your efforts. Have a great holiday, whatever you celebrate, and here’s to the coming year! I’m looking forward to the married life information coming up. =)

    Curious to see how it’ll work out with same-sex relationships.

  • The Majora Within

    Yo I just wanna say I love the look of this game and would like to ask if you need any testers if you do I would be happy to help you along with the process, me and my friends have been following this game for a while and have wanted to ask. If you are interrested in some help with the testing, email me @ [email protected]

    • Sophia Hart

      Did you ever get a reply from him?

  • Thanks for the update, looking wonderful 🙂

  • Lucas

    I think you should add more house upgrades, and to be able to change the “style” of your land, like japanese, northern, etc.

    • pinkcatmint

      I think that would be an amazing idea. It would be great if you could change the entire look of your town. It could possibly be added as a bonus pack to the game. You could have an Oriental theme, or Dutch theme, or Old West theme, etc…

    • Sophia Hart

      I think he is focusing on one or two styles, then will make updates from suggestions after it is released. Maybe furniture DLC o.o

  • bob156

    amazing job. I’m even more willing to give you my money now.
    what’s the latest I can expect this game as I’ve been putting off other similar games in hopes to really enjoy Stardew Vally.

  • Happy New Year ConcernedApe 🙂 Cheers!

  • Sullivan Alves

    What is the engine used to make this game?

    • Marie-Êve Nielly

      Ape coded it all from scratch.

  • Jeremy Lake


  • theunsungpaladin

    Awwwawawaw :3 can’t wait for the release!!! I’m soooo onto it since I’ve played like almost every single HM series ever made there (well a bunch of them XD) and I’d really much looking forward to seeing another HM like game being made available for pc! Uh oh please please please I got few nice idea that I’d like to share too, hoping to be taken into consideration >,,< :
    1) age, health and wellness: Sounds a bit too much preposterous yet it's one of a kind there X3,
    2) multiculturalism: Not just westerners, allows oriental, easterners, or maybe aborigines too that'll flavor extensive festivals altogether ;D
    3) dynamic npcs: With 'voices', a concise one like in rune factory series, less likely it appears dull tbh 🙂
    4) dlcs: If there's always new things to be implemented, so why not keep them all nice and clean in dlcs, after all, I won't mind spending bucks on this bada$$ HM like game on steam XP

    Anyways I knew this is a one man job, and much pressure and stuffs happening these past 2 years, seriously, you deserve my uttermost respect sir! I do hope you are constantly being kept motivated, we all are!! 😀

    • Ahhhhh. Wow, idk. Not sure if any of the suggestions would fit in well with the game. Maybe for stardewvalley 2? o.o

      • theunsungpaladin

        naah, no need for 2 games tho, might have us waited for another 10 years lol…that’s why dlc is the best thinkable solution out there 🙂

  • TheWierd

    GAHHHH, I’m still way to hyped about this. Please please please make me a tester 🙂
    I so miss Harvest Moon and till will surely fix that!

    • Sophia Hart

      A demo!

  • Willian Vindetones

    So…. no homosexual marriage?

    • Sophia Hart

      There is.

  • Sophia Hart

    Instead of Early Access, could you maybe post a demo?

  • guest

    boring hahahhahaah…………..

  • Abby

    I’m sitting here, waiting for an update….none is coming… :O

    • Sophia Hart


  • jeremyloveskiwi

    No update? D’:

  • jeremyloveskiwi

    I can’t wait for a new update!

  • Rastroll

    I can feel an update coming our way shortly.

  • jyjjyjyjyyjy

    piece of shit