At long last, Stardew Valley for Nintendo Switch finally has an official release date: October 5. Developer Eric Barone, who goes by Concerned Ape on Twitter, announced the news via an official post on the Stardew Valley website. The game will cost $14.99 when it goes on sale.
Stardew Valley’s arrival on the Switch marks the end of a long waiting period, in which the game had to go through approval from Nintendo.
“I would like to give a big shout out to Sickhead Games, who worked very hard to develop this port,” Barone said. “They did a great job, as always, and deserve all the credit! I’d also like to thank my publisher Chucklefish for coordinating everything.”
Originally released for PC back in February 2016, Stardew Valley is a farming simulator that features RPG elements, challenging players to look after a farm while managing a love life. The game was well received by critics and fans, and has gone on to sell over a million copies since its release last year.
Porting it to the Switch makes perfect sense. Not only does Stardew Valley’s retro graphics fit well with the portable console, but being able to take the game anywhere means the Switch version is arguably the best version you can buy. Barone said he plans to add a multiplayer element to Stardew Valley sometime next year.
Stardew Valley’s arrival highlights a fantastic period for the Switch. Not only is Super Mario Odyssey just on the horizon, but a lot of great games, including Golf Story, were just released for Nintendo’s console.