It’s been quite some time since the Stardey Valley 1.5 was released. The major update expanded the game in a significant way, bringing in new regions, functionalities, items, enemies, and features. Fans of this long-running sandbox game have been playing it ever since, its modding community significantly expanding the already content-filled game.
Now Eric ‘ConcernedApe’ Barone is back again, teasing the upcoming update for Stardew Valley. Barone has been working on his latest release, a game titled ‘Haunted Chocolatier,’ this is why fans were surprised when Barone posted an image of a parrot bearing a Joja Corp. sign and requesting gold while lounging on the beaches of Ginger Island.
The image by itself doesn’t tell us as much about the upcoming update, but some fans were quick to jump to the conclusion that 1.6 might expand either Ginger Island or Joja Corporation in some way.
Since Barone is currently working on the Haunted Chocolatier, it only makes sense that the next update will give players more leeway and options when it comes to modding, and modding can really expand the game’s lifetime by decades if implemented right with enough freedom.
Some upcoming changes have been confirmed. However, Barone confirmed the addition of more dialogue options to the game in response to fan feedback. It remains uncertain whether these new dialogues will be for existing characters or if new NPCs will be introduced. Fans have expressed a strong desire for expanded dialogues, particularly for the game’s romanceable characters.
In addition to the dialogue improvements, the upcoming 1.6 update for Stardew Valley will primarily focus on bug fixes and balance adjustments, alongside several minor and major changes. Notable changes include real-time tracking of player positions on the world map, the ability to move the farmhouse and pet bowl, and the addition of a delay in shops to prevent accidental selling through double-clicking.
No matter what kind of changes will be implemented in the future, the emphasis on the mods will most likely be the priority so the players can continue upgrading the game themselves.