Stardew Valley: the player stood in the middle of the town square with a small NPC map in the left-hand corner.
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Nexus Mods is asking Stardew Valley modders to prep for 1.6

A "considerable chunk of mods" may not work after the update.

In the run-up to the long-awaited 1.6 update for Stardew Valley, creator Eric Barone has been posting lines from the patch notes every day on Twitter. This is ongoing until it gets released on March 19 (next Tuesday). In the meantime, modders should be ready for the changes.

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In a recent post on Nexus Mods – one of the biggest repositories for game modifications and custom content – the site is gearing people up for version 1.6 of Stardew Valley. While there’s excitement inbound, especially given the tweaks and new content that’s a-coming, anyone who mods the game is being asked to prepare.

According to the post, a “considerable chunk of mods will be broken” after the game updates. While data shows that around 44% of mods for version 1.5.6 should be compatible with 1.6, that leaves more than half that likely won’t be.

How can I – a modder – prepare?

Nexus says that some are already hard at work, making sure the update is as “seamless as possible between 1.5 and 1.6 for mod authors.” It also seems as though migrating over should be pretty forward. The site has provided a link to a migration guide to help people out.

For anyone who’s not looking to make their Stardew mods compatible just yet, it’s recommended to put “a note in either your description or pinned comments to that effect to help offset the flood of questions about the update from users.”

As for general users, it’s possible to filter the mods to only show ones that will work with 1.6. Looking at it currently, there are 41 that should work once the patch rolls out. However, that does mean over 14,000 will need a bit of work.


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