Stardew Valley works great in co-op and you can test it out right now on Steam


This game will be my undoing

I've spent a few hours with Stardew Valley's online co-op mode and, just like that, I'm one-hundred percent back into the farmer life. I can't stress how weird and wonderful it is to see another player running around Pelican Town after you've spent dozens upon dozens of hours playing alone. It's an altogether different vibe, and your daily chores sure go by a lot quicker with extra helping hands.

Stardew Valley is currently holding a co-op beta on Steam. Here's how you can play:

To enable the beta in Steam, right click the game in your library and select properties. On the window that pops up there will be a 'betas' tab. In the text box, type the password for the branch: jumpingjunimos. Then click the 'Check Code' button.

If you've done that correctly, you will now be able to select the 'beta' option from the drop down box. Once you've done that, Steam will start downloading the update.

In co-op, up to four people can team up, each of which will get their own cabin adjacent to the host player's home. The farm itself, money, and world events are shared, but everyone will have their own skills, relationships, and inventories. So if someone clears a bunch of floors in the mines or builds a bridge, you'll all benefit, but you have to upgrade your tools individually. Time no longer pauses inside of menus, and you also can't go to sleep and turn over to the next day until everyone's in bed.

This developer blog post covers the nitty gritty, with instructions on how to back up your save files (this is still a beta, after all) and how to report bugs. A few other important notes: you can scale the profit margin on sellable items so that you don't get rich too quick, players can marry each other, and there's a text-based chat system complete with hundreds of adorable pixel-art emoticons.

The beta build also has some new single-player features, including hats for your horse, a Winter Market Festival, and new character events and cutscenes. I haven't seen this stuff yet (Ray and I started a new save file for co-op and only just got our first chickens), but I'm sure word will get out soon enough.

Stardew Valley v1.3 Beta [Stardew Valley]

You are logged out. Login | Sign up



Jordan Devore
Jordan DevoreCo-EIC   gamer profile

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst... more + disclosures



Also on Destructoid: Stardew Valley   (96)   From our database:

  • That huge new Stardew Valley patch is live now on Switch, PS4 and Xbox One - Chris Carter
  • Don't forget to upgrade your trash can in Stardew Valley - Jordan Devore
  • Stardew Valley's fish ponds should be your next obsession - Jordan Devore
  • Stardew Valley's 1.4 update is full of pleasant surprises - Jordan Devore
  • Stardew Valley creator dishes on the upcoming massive 1.4 update - Chris Carter
  • Stardew Valley has co-op on Xbox One - Jordan Devore
  • Stardew Valley creator calls upcoming version 1.4 the 'everything update,' aims to add massive changes throughout the game - Chris Carter
  • Stardew Valley's fantastic multiplayer mode is finally live on PS4 this week, delayed on Xbox - Chris Carter
  • Stardew Valley's Four Corners map will be ideal for multiplayer - Jordan Devore
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #Beta #Chucklefish #cooperative #Indie #multiplayer #PC #Simulation #Stardew Valley



    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!