Nintendo Switch is lining up a pretty impressive slate of independent games. Ever since the Wii, Nintendo has given some extra attention to the indie scene, helping devs publish their games on Nintendo consoles and fostering a growing library of unique titles. Today’s Nindies Showcase brought lots of new info on these games, but one announcement stood out as particularly impressive for Nintendo’s new console. Stardew Valley multiplayer will hit Nintendo Switch before any other console.
We already knew that Stardew Valley, the farm and life simulator game, was coming to Nintendo Switch. It, along with tons of other indie titles were announced a few months ago, leading to a pretty nice launch windows lineup for the system. However, outside of its existence, little was known about Stardew Valley on the Switch.
We still don’t have full details, such as a specific release date, but we do know that the highly requested and much anticipated multiplayer component will arrive first on Nintendo Switch. Not overall, of course, the PC version is still the flagship for Stardew Valley, but for all console versions of the game, the Switch one will be the first to get multiplayer.
“Stardew Valley is coming to Nintendo Switch, and will be the first console to support the new multiplayer feature,” announced Nintendo on Twitter, before giving as close to a release date as we have for the game. “Look for it in 2017!”
Stardew Valley is one of those games that has slowly built its audience from the ground up. The game was almost totally designed by its creator, Eric Barone. It was initially released in early 2016, becoming a phenomenon on Steam before heading to PS4 and Xbox One later in the year. The Switch version is slated for a 2017 release, so hopefully it hits before the holidays.