Stardew Valley 1.3 (Multiplayer Update) is coming to Nintendo Switch this week

Hi Everyone,

I’m happy to announce that the 1.3 Multiplayer Update will be coming to Nintendo Switch this week,

on Wednesday the 12th of December.

It will be available across the North American, European, and Japanese Nintendo eShop regions.

A big thanks goes out to Tom Coxon from Chucklefish, who developed the multiplayer netcode which made this update possible. Also, a big thanks to Sickhead Games for porting it to Nintendo Switch!

I know that many of you have been looking forward to this update, so here’s a quick reminder of what you can expect:

Support for up to 4-player online co-op.
You can invite 1-3 friends to join you in the valley, either starting from scratch or diving in from an existing single player save. Each player will have their own Cabin on the farm, and you’ll be able to work together to achieve common goals such as farming, mining, fishing, foraging and festival participation!

The state of the Stardew Valley game world, including the main storyline, is shared between all players on the farm, as well as the pool of money you accumulate. However, each player will have their own private inventories, skills, achievements, collections, individual relationships, quests, and crafting/cooking recipes. As more hands are better than one, you may wish to change the difficulty level of your collective farm, which you can achieve by scaling the profit margins.In terms of marriage, players can choose to woo the eligible folks of Pelican Town, or craft a wedding ring to propose to a fellow player. If the other player accepts the ring, the couple becomes engaged!

Nintendo Switch features:

On Nintendo Switch you’ll be able to communicate with others on your farm using the Switch online voice chat or the new chat box feature with colored text and nearly 200 custom Stardew Valley emojis.

You can also play together via local communications play, meaning that 2-4 switch consoles can connect & play together over a short distance without the need for a Nintendo Switch Online account.

Single Player Content:

While the new 1.3 single player content has now been available on PC for a little while now, I’ll keep things vague to avoid spoilers for anyone who hasn’t come across them yet.

  • For 3 days in Winter you’ll be able to visit a traveling festival called the Night Market, which will visit Pelican Town. Here farmers can come and go as they please to purchase unique items, enjoy live entertainment and more!
  • There are now new character events to encounter, including some secret events triggered by certain conditions… Some of these even grant you permanent bonuses.
  • In Winter, farmers may encounter a strange event which activates a new ‘secret’ type of collection, leading to a new adventure and greater knowledge…
  • Your horse can now wear hats and Signs are now craftable items, available to you from the beginning of the game.
  • Much more to be discovered!

multiplayer screenshot

Next up is the PS4 and Xbox One Multiplayer updates, which is my top priority. I’m working with Sickhead Games to get these to you as soon as possible… I really appreciate your patience.

After the Switch update has launched, I’ll have more to share with you very soon…

Hope you’re having a nice holiday season & thanks for reading!


  • Vel Asunai

    I wonder if you’ll be able to mod the switch like you can the PC version. I have so many mods >_>

  • I was very happy with my friends when I saw the updated online feature.

    But now we have encountered some problems.
    Searching for a friend’s room takes a long time and may not be searchable.
    When it is found, sometimes the connection will fail.
    When you play together, you often lose the line.

  • Dami Fatale

    Thank you so much for your dedication. This is my favorite game on the switch. Me and my best friend have been playing cross play all night.

    Five things we’d really love to see.

    – New marriage canidates we havent seen.

    – A goat festival c:

    – More horse types, and pet options. Even second pets would be cool.

    – A horse festival like in Harvest Moon.

    – New house styles for the main house.

    Oh and one more. I love this game too much to resist.

    A makeover for Pam. We can give her a house, how about a new look too? Except let her do it on her own. Make it as if she wants the change, and is bettering herself. There is a chance to develop her even more in a tasteful way, and I think Pam getting a character transformation is a good story arc we need.

  • Im in a pickle and tried doing that money glitch and saw you fixed it, sighs, im dying here in the winter

  • LazarusDark

    trying to do this with my wife. we both have SDV on our Switches. We are friends via friend codes. She started a new game as Host, has it all set up. But I go to the “Join” tab in Co-op section and don’t see her. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’ve tried restarting console, still nothing shows in the Join tab even though we are friends.

  • amro wazzan

    Cross play!
    what? playstaion doesnt allow this? no i mean others
    PS4 was always kinda racist and some of there players was too
    im wondering about Switch-Nintendo3DS and especially Xbox

  • any updates for ps vita

  • Eric

    Im playing multiplayer and i cant see secret notes, only my fiend can see the secret notes, why i not?

  • Kurtis Wright

    PS4 when?

  • SunReiShin

    Switch is first, does that mean we have a ETA on maybe Xbox One and PS4? Not so much the multiplayer I’m waiting on as everything else in the patch! <3

  • Kaitlyn Owens

    All I want is 1.3 single player content for xbox. I was excited about the night market until I realized it was only for pc.

  • AnyDude

    Wouldn’t it be nice, if there would be a Splitscreen Coop like in that mod????? https://www.nexusmods.com/stardewvalley/mods/2139 Not everyone can afford Nintendos expensive Online Service for a console that was designed for couch local coop.

  • Peerapak Lerdsuwan

    known issues when 3 players play online together 1 or 2(not happer to farm owner) of them will got stuck in loading screen when change the map also sometime player cannot do any genral thing such as open a box, watering, place a devoration etc

  • Bread.bbb

    Hey so I have a question about the Nintendo switch controls. How do you pet chickens??