Although Stardew Valley creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has shifted his focus largely towards his next game, Haunted Chocolatier, he is still working on updates to the country-life RPG.
This past June, Barone confirmed that Stardew Valley update 1.6 is in the works. But he offered no timeline for its release.
However, in a recent interaction with fans on social media, Barone provided an status update. And it seems 1.6 is a bit off still. Although he still offered no target release date — saying only “when it’s ready” — he did confirm that the planned 1.5 update for the mobile version of Stardew Valley will be coming first.
To put this into perspective, the 1.5 update is “making very good progress” and is expected to arrive before the end of the year.
That would seemingly indicate that the 1.6 update for consoles and PC will likely arrive in 2023, at the earliest. While fans can be excited for the update, they should probably temper their expectations a bit. Update 1.6 will mostly be focused on modding with an aim to “make modders lives easier.” Although there will be some new content, it won’t be a huge update.
Barone hasn’t committed to much more for Stardew Valley beyond the 1.6 update. “Who knows,” he said when asked about future updates for the game. If the 1.6 update is it for Stardew Valley, then at least we know we have another intriguing title to look forward to from Barone.
As I mentioned, the primary focus right now for Barone is seemingly Haunted Chocolatier. Like Stardew Valley, this will be an RPG/simulation game, only now you’ll be playing as a chocolatier living in a haunted castle. You’ll gather rare ingredients, make chocolates and sell them in the chocolate shop, although there will likely be more to the game than just that. Haunted Chocolatier is still very early in development with the latest update coming in December 2021.