For many, Stardew Valley is a cozy getaway from the infernal landscape that most of us have been enduring for the past year. It turns out that even its own creator has used Stardew Valley as a means to connect with friends and relax from … supposedly developing Stardew Valley.
ConcernedApe (aka Eric Barone) shared a nice tweet yesterday to commemorate the completion of 100% of his own game, five years after it was first published. "I've been playing in the Stardew online co-op with a group of friends for just over a year," the tweet said. "It was a great way to keep in touch for a weird year. I finally got 100%. Just tweeting this to commemorate the event."
Barone also took a screenshot, with his farmer (pictured left) and his six peasant friends. The image made people think he had installed modifications to his own game, but it turns out that it increases the player's cover for the co-op. as simple as adjusting a line of code. It is still technically modifying your game? Sure, but it was nice for Barone to share a way to do it without installing modifications.
I've been playing in the Stardew online co-op with a group of friends for just over a year. It was a good way to keep in touch for a weird year. He finally got 100%. Just tweet to commemorate the event pic.twitter.com/J906DSYxVMMay 20, 2021
It turns out that Barone's own game also had a big influence on the latest 1.5 update. When asked how often he thought about things to add during his game, Barone replied "All the time. In fact, we started while 1.5 was still in development, so a lot of the game's ideas turned it into 1.5."
It’s very nice to see Barone use his own game as a way to relax. You’d think he wouldn’t want to go anywhere in a game where he’s spent more than half a decade pouring out his talents, which, if anything, is a testament to how fantastic a Stardew Valley game is.
Last year, Barone said he would not yet commit to a 1.6 update, although he still anticipates more updates in the future, and possibly even a sequel.