Surprise indie hit Stardew Valley has sold over 400,000 copies since its launch last week. However, the farming-and-life simulator has some obscure secrets that its large player base still hasn’t found.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Stardew Valley’s only developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone revealed there are still secrets that haven’t been found. He hasn’t told anyone what they are, but he says he doesn’t know whether they’ll ever be discovered.
“It’s not super significant, but it’s kind of just so weird and obscure that I don’t know if anyone will ever do it,” Barone said.
Barone also mentioned that he has ideas to expand every single area of the game and wants to release a “pretty substantial” free content update. He says fans have requested certain things, and he’s definitely open to adding them in.
“People, for example, have expressed a lot of interest in me adding more marriage candidates, especially Shane for some reason,” Barone said. “And I’m definitely open to that. I like all the characters and so I’d be fine with adding pretty much anyone as a marriage candidate. Of course I only have a limited amount of time that I can spend on working on things but I’m going to try to basically expand every area I can.”
The lone developer’s time restraints have made him unsure of when which things will be added. He originally planned for the game to have multiplayer, something that it shipped without.
“I kind of felt like I needed to add co-op because that was something that would make it substantially different than Harvest Moon and would kind of justify its existence at all,” Barone explained. “As the game evolved and gained a lot more character of its own, I felt like its existence was justified regardless of co-op.”
Barone added that he still plans to add cooperative play to the game, though he won’t commit to making an estimate on when it will arrive.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the development process of Stardew Valley it’s ‘Do not make estimates,'” he said. “If you can help it, never make estimates. Because I thought that Stardew Valley was going to be done two years ago, three years ago, right? I was saying ‘Oh, it’ll be done in a few months,’ and then three years later it finally is done. So I just don’t want to make a promise that I can’t keep, or even a suggestion that I won’t be able to live up to.”
If you’d like to check out Stardew Valley for yourself, you canwatch GameSpot’s Now Playing video, which features more than 40 minutes of gameplay.