Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life RPG! You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!
The game was developed entirely by Eric Barone, who goes by the alias ConcernedApe. He programmed it in C# using the Microsoft XNA framework. All the art was drawn using Paint.NET, and Propellerhead Software's Reason was used to compose the game's music and sound effects.
Stardew Valley was initially published by London game studio Chucklefish, best known for developing the space sandbox-adventure game Starbound. As of December 14, 2018, Stardew Valley is self-published by ConcernedApe on PC, Mac, Linux, XBox One, Playstation 4, and PS Vita. Chucklefish continues to publish Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms.
It took four years for ConcernedApe to completely develop the game, during which he posted development updates on https://stardewvalley.blogspot.com/ (2012-2013) and the game's official website (2013-present). It was released to the public on February 26th, 2016. The purchase price is $14.99 USD ($7.99 USD for mobile).
Stardew Valley is available for Windows Computer, PS4, Xbox One, OS X, Linux, and the Nintendo Switch. On February 26th, 2016 it was released for Windows. After collecting feedback and patching bugs Linux and OS X versions were rolled out on July 29th, 2016. The ports for PS4 and Xbox One were released on December 14th, 2016. A Wii U port was planned, but canceled in favor of the Nintendo Switch. The Switch edition was released on October 5th, 2017. The PS Vita version was released on May 22, 2018 in the US region, and on May 24, 2018 in Europe. The mobile version released on the iOS App store on October 24th, 2018.