Stardew Valley, a charming and serene farming simulator, has captured the hearts of gamers worldwide. The game has since become one of the most popular and most well-maintained farming simulators in the industry. This idyllic gaming experience becomes even more exciting when played with friends, but the question arises: Is Stardew Valley cross platform?
Can players on different gaming systems unite in their quest for rural tranquility? Given Stardew Valley‘s landslide prominence and impact in the gaming community, one would think that the default answer would be affirmative. However, it’s not that simple. Allow us to explain.
Crossplay in Stardew Valley is nonexistent
Crossplay, the ability for gamers on different platforms to play together, has become a sought-after feature in the gaming world. Stardew Valley, however, falls short of delivering this harmonious experience.
Simply put, the game does not support crossplay between its various platforms, preventing players from enjoying the farming paradise with friends who are on different gaming systems.
This means that if you are cultivating your virtual farm on the Nintendo Switch, and your friend is tending to theirs on a PlayStation 4, you won’t be able to collaborate, trade, or explore each other’s farms.
The absence of crossplay can be a letdown, especially for those who want to embark on cooperative farming adventures with friends across different consoles.
PC versions are sort of exceptions
There is one notable exception to this limitation: players on different versions of the PC game can enjoy crossplay. Stardew Valley facilitates crossplay between the Steam, GOG, and Windows 10 Store versions of the game. Granted, those are all in one platform, but it counts given how restrictive certain online game stores and clients are on the PC.
This exception offers a glimmer of hope for those on PC, as they can still team up with friends, even if they have different digital distribution platform preferences. However, it’s crucial to note that crossplay remains unavailable for mobile versions of the game, whether on Android or iOS devices even if they’re somewhat similar to PC as a platform.
There’s still a fully-fledged multiplayer
That isn’t to say Stardew Valley‘s multiplayer is limited. As long as the people you’re playing with are on the same gaming platform, you can visit each other’s Stardew Valleys and disturb their idyllic farm life to your heart’s content.
The game has a fully functioning multiplayer system of up to four players (including the host). So if you’re ever in need of extra hands on your farm or when mining (like most players do), then feel free to invite some friends or even strangers. Just make sure they’re on the same gaming platform.
Crossplay just isn’t happening
Despite the community’s desire for crossplay, there have been no recent announcements from the developer regarding its implementation.
ConcernedApe, the creator of Stardew Valley, acknowledged the demand for crossplay in 2018, stating, “Unfortunately, there will not be crossplay. Apparently, the technical barriers are very high. It’s still something I really want to add, and I promise to look into it more closely, but first priority is getting the update out there.”
Regrettably, since his 2018 statement, no further progress has been made, leading us to conclude that crossplay is unlikely to be added to Stardew Valley in the foreseeable future. But who knows? There might still be hope if tech is the limitation, albeit a fleeting glimmer.
Cross-progression is available in Stardew Valley (for certain platforms)
The good news is that despite the lack of cross-play, the game has semi-functioning support for cross-progression. Cross-progression, a feature highly coveted by gamers, allows for the seamless transfer of saved game data between different gaming platforms. Stardew Valley, however, offers limited support for cross-progression.
It’s not a one-size-fits-all feature.
For players on PC and mobile devices (Android and iOS), cross-progression is possible. You can transfer your saved game data between these platforms using a file manager app, enabling you to continue your farming adventures on your preferred device. This is particularly convenient for players who switch between PC and mobile play and wish to maintain their progress.
However, for console players, the cross-progression is less promising. Cross-progression is just not supported between consoles or between consoles and PC.
If you have a flourishing farm on your PlayStation but want to continue your virtual life on a Nintendo Switch, cross-progression also isn’t possible. This limitation can be frustrating for players who invest significant time and effort into their farms on different platforms.
So for now in Stardew Valley, cross-platform compatibility and cross-progression remain elusive dreams for a big chunk of the players who wish to unite with friends on different gaming systems or seamlessly transfer their progress between platforms.
While the game does allow for multiplayer experiences with up to four players, it is essential to ensure that your friends share the same console or gaming device to enjoy cooperative farming.
Though the developer expressed interest in adding crossplay in the past, the technical challenges and a lack of recent updates suggest that this feature may never come to fruition. As for cross-progression, it remains a reality only for players switching between PC and mobile devices.