Stardew Valley’s latest update includes some important technical changes for modders

Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone has released a new update for Stardew Valley on PC and it contains some important technical changes for modders, changes in quality of life and some bug fixes.

For modders, update 1.5.5 includes architectural changes. Basically, the update migrates the games from XNA (.NET 4.5.2) to MonoGame (.NET 5), which will “future-proof” the game, giving mods access to more than 4 GB of RAM. Various internal changes were also made for against authors.

Some of the quality of life changes include the ability to purchase craft stacks of up to 25 items at a time, the settings are now standard for what they were last time, the game was saved when creating a new store, farm buildings can be moved to or built on artifact spots, and you can now buy back all items that you accidentally sold during the same shopping session.

You can also expect some localization, cosmetic and general corrections

There’s also a 1.5.6 update on the way, which will add more modding support to the game, including some “long-awaited ‘holy grail’ changes”, which should make some aspects of modding much easier in the future. ConcernedApe and the rest of his team work with PathosChild, creator of the popular modding tool SMAPI, to help accomplish this task.

According to the blog post, there may also be some new content in 1.5.6, but ConcernedApe said “it will not be anything as big as 1.5.” which added a new island, split-screen co-op and quests.

Stardew Valley has sold over 15 million copies on all platforms since its first release in 2016, and its creator is working on a new title called Haunted Chocolatier. Not much is known about it at present, only that it will “explore more amazing possibilities”, and has a haunted castle and ghosts. We can also expect it to be “positive, uplifting, and life-affirming.”

Haunted Chocolatier is not the only game ConcernedApe is working on. Back in 2020, he revealed he was working on two new games, but both were far from complete.

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