Stardew Valley has tons of choices for late sport play because of the sport’s 1.5 patch, which delivered further content material and quality-of-life upgrades. These included the brand new area of Ginger Island, together with new quests, which gave gamers heaps to chew on. However the deluge of additional content material overshadowed one of many much less splashy, but massively impactful, upgrades: the flexibility to “place most furnishings outdoors.” This enables gamers to actually redesign Pelican City, in a manner that was by no means achievable earlier than.
With the flexibility to lastly adorn areas in Stardew Valley, the sport’s lifespan turns into even higher, giving gamers expanded creativity and extra causes to play indefinitely. It’s been roughly a yr for the reason that 1.5 patch, which launched on Dec. 21, 2020 for PC, and on Feb. 12, 2021 for consoles (which included Nintendo Change, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Collection X). And in that point, gamers have used these out of doors furnishings placement powers to create some stunning areas in Pelican City, with quite a few gamers adorning the whole lot of the sport’s map.
Cindersap Forest, the massive forested area immediately beneath a participant’s farm, has turn into a first-rate candidate for redecoration.
However there are tons of how followers have expressed their creativity throughout Stardew Valley’s map.
A few of the design methods clearly echo these of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Stardew’s wooden fence and stone fence are quite a bit like New Horizons’ nation fence and stone fence — and designers intersperse them to set the scene and create discreet areas, together with varied pathing sorts and decor gadgets.
Like in New Horizons’, gamers are additionally adorning the yards of the residents who dwell there.
It’d even be a bit simpler to embellish Pelican City compared to New Horizons. That’s partially as a result of Pelican City isn’t as customizable; there’s no terraforming, in fact, and there are additionally city decorations which might be fastened and unchangeable. However Stardew Valley’s interface additionally makes laying down furnishings and decor simpler. You possibly can merely place furnishings, somewhat than eradicating it from stock and manually pushing it round.
Even higher, savvy gamers don’t truly pay for all the furnishings gadgets they’re utilizing. As an alternative, you should purchase the Furnishings Catalogue — which lets you spawn furnishings gadgets without cost — and simply take it with you as you do design tasks. The Furnishings Catalogue doesn’t come low-cost, costing 200,000 gold and bought from the Carpenter Store; it additionally isn’t obtainable till gamers have upgraded the farmhouse, which has its personal collection of prices.
However it does imply saving assets (and cash) in the long term. That is particularly useful when crafting gadgets just like the Iron Lamp-post merchandise, which requires an iron bar and a battery pack to craft. Battery packs can solely be created in restricted home windows — utilizing lightning rods throughout storms — that the participant can’t management or mechanically replenish.
These Pelican City redesigns proceed the longer legacy of Stardew Valley gamers utilizing sure workarounds for aesthetic ends — like utilizing the sport’s crops for aesthetic functions, when adorning a farm. (The picture beneath has modded bushes, however utilizing espresso crops as shrubs is achievable within the vanilla sport. Different gamers commented that tea crops additionally work as shrubs.)
This would possibly simply be tip of the iceberg, by way of artistic prospects for the favored sport. Stardew Valley has lengthy had a thriving mod neighborhood for the PC, and up to date patches solely develop these prospects. In November 2021, the builders launched a 1.5.5 patch that “future-proofed” the sport by migrating it to a framework that may enable mods to make use of greater than 4GB of RAM. (And a small 1.5.6 patch was launched in December, providing further “high quality of life,” fixes.)