That said, you don’t have to start a new save file to experience everything the update has to offer. There are new townsfolk to meet, additional items to collect and a new quest to complete. However, the biggest change is a new couch co-op mode that builds on Stardew Valley’s existing multiplayer functionality. It allows you and up to three other people to play on the same screen. You can start playing co-op by asking Robin the Carpenter to build a cabin on your farm. There’s also an option that enables co-op play as soon as you start a new game.
Stardew Valley’s 1.5 content update is available to download today on PC. According to developer Eric “ConceredApe” Barone, it will come to consoles sometime early next year, with a release on mobile devices to follow later — though there’s no definitive timeline for the latter just yet. And if you’re new to Stardew Valley, the game is currently 33 percent off on Steam in honor of today’s update.