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Stardew Valley, the hit PC life simulation game, is all set to arrive on consoles. It turns out that the roster has changed up a bit but, for the most part, folks can expect to get to work on building the ultimate farm in just a matter of weeks.
Stardew Valley basically came out of nowhere last year, winning folks over with its charm, colorful sprites and a ridiculous amount of content. An indie game in every sense of the word, Stardew Valley is the creation of Eric Barone, who wanted to build something that took the classic gameplay elements of titles like Harvest Moon and Animal Crossing and plugged in more activities, exploration, events and modern trappings.
We knew that the game would arrive on consoles eventually but, according to Barone's latest announcement, that time has nearly come.
Over on the blog, Barone announced that the PlayStation 4 version of Stardew Valley will arrive in North America on Dec. 13, which means you've got about two weeks to say goodbye to your job and loved ones, as this game is known to utterly steal lives.
For folks gaming in Europe or on the Xbox One, your digital copies of Stardew Valley will be ready for download just a day later, arriving on Dec. 14.
But with every piece of good news comes bad news and, in this case, a little more good news. First, the bad: Stardew Valley is no longer planned to launch on the Nintendo Wii U. That's a real bummer, because we don't doubt there were some folks out there eager to play the game on that particular platform. However, the extra good news is that Nintendo isn't being left out in the cold here. Instead of a Wii U launch, Stardew Valley will now be headed to the Nintendo Switch sometime following the launch of that upcoming console. That means you'll be able to play the game on TV or on the go if you hold out for the Switch, which is a pretty strong selling point in our book.
For those of you who can't wait to spend your money on Stardew Valley, global pre-orders for the Xbox One and European pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 will go live on Nov. 30.
This is, of course, perfect timing for a console launch of Stardew Valley, as it's coming in just under the wire to make it onto everyone's holiday wish list.
For those of you who have already played the hell out of Stardew Valley on the PC, are you thinking of double dipping with a console port? And if you've still managed to avoid the game until now, will one of these console launches finally push you off of the fence? Let us know in the comments below.