While no specific release date was given, the announcement has stirred excitement among the game's dedicated community.
Stardew Valley's creator, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone, has provided an update on the highly-anticipated Update 1.6, signaling that development is now in its final stages.
However, over the past year, the project's scope has expanded. Barone, taking a break from Haunted Chocolatier, dedicated efforts to complete the new content.
The Stardew Valley community has been anticipating Update 1.6, initially expected to be modest in scale.
While the duration of this phase remains uncertain, the wording implies it is the final step before the update's release.
Barone took to Twitter to share that he has concluded adding new content to Stardew Valley and has entered the bug-fixing and polishing phase of development.
Responding to questions, Barone confirmed that Update 1.6 is still on track for a 2024 release and expressed intentions to synchronize the mobile version's release closely with other platforms.
The announcement generated considerable excitement within the Stardew Valley community, with Barone's tweet amassing over 84,000 likes in a few hours.
While specific new content details weren't revealed, Barone's update instills confidence in fans, hinting that the release might be sooner than later.
In addition, Barone addressed queries about the update's size compared to the previous Update 1.5, clarifying that while 1.5 introduced a large new area, 1.6 aims to enrich existing game elements with numerous smaller additions.