Dev Update #24


Marriage/Family life is nearly finished!

When you marry, your spouse will move in with you, say new things, and help you out on the farm. Each marriage candidate has some unique dialogue, so your experience will be slightly different depending on who you marry. Also, some spouses who have important jobs will continue to go into town and work after marriage.

Sometimes, your spouse will help out by watering a significant area of crops (if they can find any, that is).family2bigOther times, they’ll feed your livestock or make breakfast.


Just remember to treat your spouse well. If they become unhappy they won’t help you anymore. They might even spend their day laying in bed or saying irritating things to you.

However, if you maintain a happy relationship with your spouse and have a nursery in your home, you could soon find yourself with a baby on your hands:

baby(People who can’t have biological children of their own can call the Zuzu City adoption agency).

Babies start out confined to the crib, but with time they’ll learn to crawl and eventually walk.

With the completion of Marriage/Family life, I’ll have finished with the vast majority of game content in Stardew Valley. From here on out, I’ll be tying loose threads, adding special touches, ensuring everything is cohesive, polishing, etc.

Stardew will definitely be released this year.

Thanks for reading!





  • FuzzyBubbles

    SO MUCH HYPE! The game is looking really good. I always check here every day to see if there’s a new update and am always excited when there is. I look forward to the release this year!

  • Twil50

    Looks great and cant wait! πŸ˜€

    Out of curiosity, If you decide to stay single: Can you adopt a baby?

    • ConcernedApe


      • i worship your work, @concernedape:disqus ! :’>

      • Twil50

        Awesome and thanks the for the info! πŸ™‚

      • Kaelan

        Can they grow into adults? Do you have rival marriages and kids like in harvest moon tot and AP

  • Allan

    I’m checking it everyday! Can’t wait!

  • Abby

    FINALLY! “Stardew will definitely be released this year.” I’m holding you to it!

  • Ryan Carreiro

    I check the site everyday, can’t wait. Hoping for some sort of beta soon

  • Gauphastus

    Very happy to hear that, dude. I wish you luck.

  • Richie Donahou

    Awesomesauce! Keep the good work up!

  • yukovalis

    *points to his wallet, then points back at this game* Soon…

  • Reality

    It’s so weird that I suddenly thought about going to the website right on this very day and saw the new update. ‘3’
    Yeah, not something to be proud of. But still, really looking forward to this game. It’s been a long time since there had been any game about farming on PC. πŸ˜€

  • innocenat

    FINALLY! I really wish you could make some new preview video though, but I understand that it takes a lot of time, and at this stage may reveal some significant plotline.

    Can’t wait anymore!

    • Thinking he can prolly spend all the time he can spare into finishing up the game vs editing a video for more previews? :>?

  • Abba

    I no longer preorder any AAA game, but I will totally preorder this. Keep up good work!

  • Peter Schelvis

    my god i love this game already, im checking every day for updates xd
    please release as soon as possible i will gladly spend my money on this game!

  • Anthony Kay

    *throwing money, then throw my wallet* okay… nothings happening and i cannot stream this to my Harvest moon fans!

  • João Paulo

    Can’t wait for it mate! Awesome job you’re doing there πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous

    May I request the ability to make a grocery list for your spouse? Just select a list of things for them to buy and bring home, if it’s available?

    • Marie-ΓƒΕ ve Nielly

      Wow that’s actually an awesome idea for the spouse to be really helpful.

    • Maybe can even make it so the spouse is limited in what he/she could bring… Who can carry back 10 cartons of milk with 4 bags of flour without a means for transportation? If we have access to cars then nvm I was just kidding.

  • hsidnomeL

    Full disclosure: I check this page every day, just hoping for an update. I read today’s post, knowing I’d be excited by whatever aspect of the game you were talking about. Marriage and all that is definitely awesome and even if that was the only thing in the post I’d be extremely satisfied. However, the last line, one simple sentence, had more impact than anything you’ve talked about thus far.

    “Stardew will definitely be released this year.”

    Yes. Just… yes. All the yes I can muster and then a thousand times more.

  • OldLian

    Hey Ape,

    good job on wrapping up most of the content. Do you think Stardew Valley will support a multiplayer mode? Thank for your reply in advance!

    • hsidnomeL

      If I recall correctly, yes, Stardew Valley will support multiplayer.

    • Kiki Butt Plumb
    • MistaTyros

      I think he said that you will be able to play with 4 players πŸ™‚

    • Zachary Coleman

      read the About and FAQ pages

  • Silver Sayer

    Any chance of the baby growing up to be old enough to help you out, also can you have multiple children?

    • Augury

      Would definitely be interested in an answer to this

    • MithranAkanere

      Yeah. You should be able to get at least a baseball team.

      Not to play baseball, of course. That’ll be horribly boring. Isn’t it amazing how some people still plays and watches that?

      What I was atalking about? Ah, yeah. 9 kids. Once they have grown enough, some helping on the farm, some out fishing, and maybe even one as squire carrying stuff but getting out of danger while you go adventuring… then your character dies and one inherits the farm… New Game+!

  • Gianni

    I will get you, and i will play you!

  • Nicole Hunter

    Such exciting news. Can’t wait.

  • Lucas

    Awesome, been here for a year now, no regrets.

  • Magzilla

    Just got back from MAGFest, and I turned on my laptop, went here right away, and was greeted by a new update!!! It all looks and sounds so great! Stardew 2015 confirmed! OMG! You’re amazing and I cannot wait to buy this game and play the heck out of it! <3

  • Irrimn

    So, it sounds like the MAJORITY of the game (~90%) is done, right? So when are you going to let us TEST IT for you?

    • Anonymous

      That’s what he has Chucklefish for. Safe, reliable betatesters.

      I sometimes regret introducing Chucklefish and ConcernedApe. πŸ˜› If he didn’t have CF maybe he would actually need us hype-addicts to bugtest, but alas he doesn’t.

    • penguinsane

      He said repeatedly he’s not going to do the early-access, which … while it delays when I’m able to get my hands on the game, I appreciate that he’s dedicated to releasing a finished product instead of something earlier in development.

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  • Christopher Veach

    So excited! I was just thinking of this game this morning and now a new blog post stating it will be finished within the year! So awesome!

  • Everything about this game is just *sigh* perfect… ConcernedApe, you seem like the type of pal whom I’d love to drink a few with at a pub. I hope you receive as much joy in your life as you’re soon going to be able to share with so many, and so soon!

  • Daniel

    Wow, this game just gets better and better. I’ve been following this blog silently for quite some time (since the beginning lol) but now I have to break my silence and praise your abilities, your attention to detail, the thoughtful experience you’re aiming to deliver.

    May I ask how will marriage and children work with multiplayer? Will each player have a house/farm of their own? Or will we have several bedrooms and be able to form a big household with all our spouses? πŸ˜›

    Thank you and keep it up! πŸ™‚

    • Zael

      You marry your fellow player of course! πŸ˜€

      • Amanda

        Is this a definitive answer?

        • Zael

          We hope it is.

    • pinkcatmint

      I was wondering about this too. Separate farms or share a farm? You wouldn’t be able to customize your house and land as much if you have to share. I’m assuming you don’t HAVE to marry the other people you are playing with, but then that complicates things if 4 people are living in 1 house and everyone decides to get married to townspeople and have kids.

  • Watched your interview video. Is there a chance we can get your address and send you motivating gifts like postcards, snacks, tea, coffee?

    • Zael

      Is there a chance you could share a link to the said video? (Not that I won’t google it the next instant, but you know..)

        • Zael

          Thanks! Though I was afraid it was this old one, since yesterday I did not find any recent ones and was severely doubting my google-fu. Saw this back in the day, though I guess it doesn’t diminish it’s value.

    • Sophia Hart

      I doubt CA will give out his address. I hope for a PO Box, but yeah he seems like cool busy guy!

  • Triceratopx

    Man this game looks amazing! One question CA, are we able to marry other players or is it only npcs?

    • Takago

      That would be a nice feature

    • Sophia Hart

      You can marry other players! πŸ˜€ So I guess it would be up to your co-op partner to decide to cook you breakfast xD

  • Brandon Beall

    Are the people you can marry gender specific? Would love for a same-sex marriage :-D.

    • Frank Doherty

      Been mentioned before. Same sex marriage is allowed (if only the entire planet was as open minded as CA πŸ™‚ )

      • Brandon Beall

        woohoo! thanks πŸ™‚

  • Amanda

    Spouse says new things. Check. Spouse helps out on farm/cooks breakfast. Check. Kids are available for couples (including same-sex). Check. Mistreatment of spouse has consequences. Check. Baby sprite is frickin adorable. Check.

    I am complete happy and thrilled with this. You’ve done such a good job. I really can’t wait to finally have this game. Thank you so much.

    One question, though. How does the baby’s gender work? Is it always male? Is it random? If you adopt, can you pick?

    But again, thank you. And great work. =)

  • Nick

    Looks awesome take as much time as you need πŸ˜€

  • Sophia Hart

    I really hope a summer release will happen!

  • Julie Knox

    I’ve been lurking around Stardew Valley for about a year now, and I’ve found myself checking every other day to see your updates. I’m so excited, it looks so promising! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. <3

    • hoiyenlo

      please dont give dev any more long term ideas, or the game won’t be launching soon

    • Sophia Hart

      Anything else that he’ll add should come after the release. I hope Steam Workshop will come soon =)

  • Michael Proctor

    It makes me so happy to hear it’ll be out this year. I’ve been waiting for this game for so long. But this is absolutely worth every minute.

  • Joshua Bays

    All I can say is, I have been watching the progress of this game since it first hit Steam Greenlight and I am fully excited for this πŸ˜€

  • Kirrin09

    a friend told me about this game sometime ago and i can’t wait to check it out! πŸ™‚

  • iRizzie

    I got so excited after reading this update.

    Looking forward to playing this!

  • Alielson Piffer

    Would be possible release te game with others language packs?
    My mom can’t read english… ( Yes I plan to play with my mother πŸ˜€ )

    • Zael

      You do understand he’s doing the entirety of the game ALONE? He is being published by Chucklefish, but I’d hope these kinds of things would happen after the release.

      • OldLian

        The Q&A in the Forums mentions the possibility of it being released in German pretty quickly and that translation in general is easy to do in SV.

  • Kris

    cant wait for this man πŸ™‚

  • Hannah

    Will this be immediately available for the Mac upon release? I would really love to play this as soon as it comes out, but unfortunately, I’m a Mac user. πŸ™

  • Joseph Joestar

    You sir, are amazing!

  • Thalfon

    This post has me in a mix of elation and pain… definite release this year, but there are 11 months left in this year. ;_;

    Can’t wait until it’s ready. And despite my own impatience, I’m glad you’re taking the time to release a quality, finished product. I’m so, so very tired of seeing half-finished works on Steam that may or may not ever actually be wrapped up. Early Access is almost an auto no-buy from me these days.

  • TheWierd

    WOOOOOOOOOO, HYPE INCOMING!! Good work mate, so very hyped for this πŸ™‚

  • Seph Schliemann

    “People who canÒ€ℒt have biological children of their own can call the Zuzu City adoption agency”
    What exactly does this mean, can you have same sex relationships on this game?
    If yes, that would be awesome.

    • Lucas

      Yes, you can, he said it in one of his previous posts.

      • kakuloo

        You can even be a single parent, if you wish. =P

  • Willian Vindetones

    OK now with Gay Marriege i can finaly be happy and say i will buy this games and all the dlcs and expansions TYVM

  • YellowKamml

    Amazing! So Amazing! OMG! I cant wait.

  • Gohancachat

    I am so excited for this game it hurts. Everything looks amazing so far keep up the great work!

  • theunsungpaladin

    yayayayay! finally, I’m all for faming now πŸ˜€

  • Kinsem

    Please take my money

  • pinkcatmint

    I love the fact that the character comments make great sense. The comment from the 1st screen shot made my day. “Are you even doing any work out here?” LOL That’s what you get for being a lazy farmer. πŸ˜€ I am so excited about this game!

  • WatcherCCG

    From the sound of it, and given your current speed and regularity of updating, I would not be surprised if you were ready for release within two or three months, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Looking forward to this, Ape.


    Ive been doing some of my own publicity with this game, like every month i promote it by sharing the website and game to twitter and facebook.
    Wooo!! Go ConcernedApe!! We love you!! Rock on!! Youre the best! 2015 release here we come!

  • Junior

    Hey I was just wondering if your character can run or is he/she always
    walking? In that case maybe you can add bikes as a way of faster
    transportation and keep the touch of a rural lifestyle.

  • Sarah

    I can’t wait to see this game! I was just looking for some other farming games to play, and this has pretty much all of the things I was hoping for. Keep up the good work! I’ll definitely be buying this.

  • OldLian

    This is completely unrelated, but I’m interested in your game development process. Can you make a feature about that some day? Scheduling, artwork, programming etc…

  • Zachary Coleman

    Can I just say I would pay $100 for this? (please don’t actually make it that much so I can buy copies for my friends too :P)

    • OldLian

      His last published estimate was around 10$ and I don’t think he’ll stray away from that too far.

  • Dunkaroo !

    this is great. it was clear a long time ago that he is taking his time though. I really like everything I’ve seen thus far. I especially like that the dialogue from npcs is interesting because I’m sure everyone can agree that if it isn’t you just skip it usually.

  • GnomeBoy

    I’m gonna name my kid Concerned Ape III

  • Kita

    I can’t wait to play this game in December! πŸ™

  • Mur John-Paul

    My interest in this project is starting to dwindle. I have been following for years now and I keep checking back with little updates and no launch date or alpha / beta program in sight.
    Unless something changes soon I will just delete this bookmark and move on.

    • pinkcatmint

      Sounds like it’s almost finished. Hang in there. It will be worth it πŸ™‚

  • YEAH!!! This year, FINALLY!!! <3

  • Adina

    The only thing I think that could make this game any better is pets! Like dogs and cats. (And instead of just staying indoors maybe they could roam around outside, and come with you on quests..) Otherwise I’m very excited for this to be released. Great work so far! πŸ˜€

  • Mathieu Schmautz

    it is a great game, very addictive, i thought it was a little expansive, but i know steam could give my money back if i didnt like the game, so i tried it. i dont like it, I LOVE IT ! and it worth its price !!

  • Kat

    At the moment i have heard that you can only have 2 kids, one a boy and the other a girl or vise versa, and they only grow up to be toddlers. I was wondering if you could update it to where they grow into teens and you could have more than 2 kids, and maybe there personalities would differ based on your spouse and the user could name them. I know this would take time considering there would have to be more house upgrades for rooms and designing more people and dialogue but maybe they could help around the farm as well so you get more things gone. I was just wondering if this could happen in the future.

  • YouKnowMe

    Would be fun to actually spend time with your spouse, like going to the beach together or play games together. Marry one of them is fun, but after that you can only talk to them and give them gifts. And them being able to walk outside more would make the farm look more lively with people instead only animals

  • Jessica Jeanson

    Can I request that you aren’t forced to have children and have an option to get rid of the crib/baby beds…? I wasn’t aware the house upgrade was a nursery and now I’ve upgraded my house for no reason. I don’t want kids lol