Everybody’s favorite 16-bit(ish) farming game Stardew Valley is getting a big update. Update 1.4 will bring with it a new farm map, give players the ability to evenly divide money between all players when playing multiplayer, and more. The separate money feature, which will ensure that each player has their own money pool in multiplayer, has been heavily requested for some time now, so it’s great to see it finally making its way to the game.
The new map will be titled ‘Four Corners’, and although you can play solo on the map it has been specifically created to work in conjunction with players having separate money. Going by the title of the map, that probably means there will be four viable farming spots for each player to manage their own farm on, so for the players who want to play with friends (but not really play with friends because everything is separate) this should give you just what you’re looking for.
There’s no official release date for the update yet, but Stardew Valley creator ConcernedApe AKA Eric Barone did say that the update will release first on the PC, with console and mobile ports to follow. The update was announced via a tweet where ConcernedApe also shared a screenshot of the upcoming map:
Hey everyone, just wanted to share this screenshot from the upcoming 1.4 update! It’s a big one, & this image only reveals a fraction of what’s coming. Featured here is a new farm map called Four Corners that’s perfect for the much requested “separate money” option in multiplayer pic.twitter.com/wwI1nHWpvX
— ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) April 27, 2019
If you’re already part of a co-op farm then don’t worry, you’ll be able to turn on the separate money feature at any point by simply speaking to the Mayor, and if you don’t like it you can switch it back to a shared money pool at any time by speaking to the Mayor again. We’re not sure if you’ll be able to change the farm map and keep everything you already have, but it’s unlikely.
It’s important to note that, although with the new map and the separated money players will have a lot more independence, there will still be plenty of shared goals such as resources, mines, caves, and the community centre progress.
The update, as with all other Stardew Valley updates, will be free, which will please everyone, especially our own Chris Sutton who has poured hundreds of hours into Stardew Valley – we think he may be a little obsessed.