Stardew Valley 1.6 Update Breaks Steam Player Records


Stardew Valley has just released update 1.6 on Steam and GOG after players have waited three years for the new content. ConcernedApe announced the patch via X on 19th March.

The 2016 indie game has once again proved its longevity as its new update has seen players eagerly return to their favourite farming simulator. Within 24 hours of its release, it broke its previous record of 94,879 concurrent players after its peak in 2021 and has since reached over 175,000.

Update 1.6 includes a lot of new features, from major additions like festivals and a “Meadowlands” farm type to more NPC interactions, hats for pets and drinkable mayonnaise. You can read the entire impressive list of updates on the Stardew Valley website.

Stardew Valley was released in 2016 by Eric Barone (aka ConcernedApe) and has a dedicated following, so it’s no surprise that players have flocked back to the beloved indie game. Barone is currently working on his highly anticipated video game, The Haunted Chocolatier, and its release date has yet to be confirmed.

In the meantime, players can be satisfied with the wide range of updates in 1.6. More bug fixes have already been installed in 1.6.1 and 1.6.2 patches.

Unfortunately, console players will have to wait a bit longer as the update is currently only available for PC users.

Words by Alice Bennett

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