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7 Aug 2016 - 22:00

ConcernedApe posted an update about Stardew Valley version 1.1! Very excited to read about Shane and Emily. :D

Hello,

I’d like to give you a little update on what I’ve been up to. As you may know, I’ve been working on version 1.1 (a more substantial content update) for quite some time now. It’s taking longer than I had hoped, for a few reasons. For one, I am working on the update entirely on my own. That’s the way I made the rest of the game, it’s how I like to work, and I think it would be a bad idea to change it at this point. Secondly, I have post-release “maintenance” duties that take time away from pure development. This includes writing emails, working on business stuff, trying to maintain a social media presence, doing interviews, and more.

However, to be entirely honest… the main reason the update is taking so long is that I was feeling very burnt out for a while recently, and my productivity went way down. Stardew Valley has consumed nearly every waking moment of my life for almost five years now, and I think my brain demanded some time away from it. I had taken a very small break (a few days) a couple months after launch, but it wasn’t enough. I know I said I felt refreshed, but I was lying to myself. I should have just committed to a longer break. Rather, I spent the last couple of months dilly-dallying, playing video games all day, surfing the web, and feeling guilty about the trivial amount of real work I was doing.

In truth, I’ve always had ups and downs, periods of intense productivity and energy followed by periods of low motivation. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. This time around did seem a little worse than usual, but I reminded myself that with the success of Stardew Valley, my life got very weird very suddenly. It’s probably normal to need some time to adjust. I’m not even sure if this recent funk was due to the sudden success, to my own volatile brain chemistry or simply a result of working too hard for too long without a break. Sometimes I forget that I am actually a human with the need to relax and have a little fun.

Whatever the cause, the good news is that I am now very productive again. I’ve accomplished more in the past week than I have in the previous few months, and I feel my usual level of energy and motivation. I am feeling very optimistic about the future.

Why am I telling you all this? I don’t even know, I just want to, it’s my style. I want to let you know that I’m still here and still at work, but I don’t want to craft some kind of story to fool people into supporting me. I want to tell you the truth and let you form your own opinion. Anyway, thank you for reading my message.

Here’s where I’m at on version 1.1:

  • Shane’s marriage stuff is completely finished.
  • Emily is 80% finished. I am working on her now and making rapid progress.
  • New farm buildings
  • A new upgrade option for your house
  • Ability to move buildings
  • New items and crops
  • More spouse behaviors

Still planning on doing:

  • Something I’m not ready to reveal yet, but will add more replay value to the game
  • more buildings
  • some more character events for non-marriage NPC’s
  • more bug fixes
  • ???

When will this be released? I’m not sure. I made a lot of estimates during the pre-release development of Stardew Valley and was always wildly off, so I’ve learned not to do that anymore. All I can say is that the update will be ready as soon as it possibly can be, and while I want to release it soon, I won’t compromise on quality to make that happen. As always, thanks for your patience.

In other news:

I am going to have a little booth at PAX West this year. If you’re going, make sure to stop by and say hi!

Multiplayer, console versions, and localizations are all in active development.

Thanks for reading!

-Ape

excited gif Emily Stardew Valleyexcited gif Shane Stardew Valley

13 Mar 2016 - 17:03

For those of you wondering why I've been so inactive lately, here's why! I gave birth to Quinn last month. I've been pretty much busy recovering ever since (I had preeclampsia, and a breech baby, so I had to get an emergency cesarean), and of course I've been busy with the baby.

(and no, this isn't my first baby. He has an older brother :P )

13 Feb 2016 - 01:27

EA made a couple of printable Valentine's Day cards, one of which has a Sims 4 theme. I think they're all lovely. I just think they are very low-res, so they'll probably come out really pixelated when you actually decide to print them. :P But they sure are cute!

Here is a foldable version too:

Printable Sims 4 Valentine's Day card

12 Feb 2016 - 23:48

SimGuruRiley made these adorable Valentine's Day crafts for her colleagues at The Sims Studio! Aren't they the best?

Are you making anything Sims related for Valentine's Day? Let us know!

12 Jan 2016 - 20:11

Just got an e-mail from EA announcing Origin Access. Unfortunately I can't see anything beyond this e-mail, as it's not available in my area yet. But I thought it was worth mentioning it anyway!

At EA, we’re passionate about giving our players more variety, more flexibility, more value, and more fun. Today we're thrilled to announce a new membership service for PC gamers on Origin called Origin Access. It's available now in the U.S., Canada, UK and Germany and coming to more countries soon.

Origin Access brings players endless gaming with a growing collection of great PC games for just £3.99 a month.

This new service launches with 15 great games, including Battlefield 4™, Dragon Age™: Inquisition, The Sims™ 3, and This War of Mine with more titles from EA and independent developers added over time. The complete list of titles currently available in The Vault can be found at https://www.origin.com/store/origin-access .

Origin Access members will be able to:

  • Play More – Explore The Vault where members can download and play full versions of more than a dozen great PC games
  • Play First –Play EA’s PC games for a limited time before they're released. All your stats and progress carry over if you decide to buy the game
  • Play for Less – Save 10% on your Origin purchases – from full games and DLC to content packs and more

11 Dec 2015 - 00:19

The Sims 4: Get Together render

The Sims 4: Get Together render

The Sims 4: Get Together render

The Sims 4: Get Together render

The Sims 4: Get Together render

The Sims 4: Get Together render

I noticed some new renders (and some I had seen before, but hadn't uploaded yet), in this article about clubs in The Sims 4: Get Together!

We’re really excited to release The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion Pack* to the world this week, giving Sims players a ton of new stuff to enjoy, from the fun DJ and Dance Skills to the European-inspired World of Windenburg.

But my favorite feature in the pack (and the one I worked on the most, so I’m obviously a little biased here) is Clubs – groups of Sims that follow set rules and react to situations in the ways their Club suggest.

You can create and customize your own Club, but there are also a number that come with the game, and I wanted to run through a few of my favorites!

Continue reading the article!

10 Dec 2015 - 23:44

The Sims 4: Get Together render

I think it's new! I hadn't seen it before.

9 Dec 2015 - 20:35

The Sims 4: Get Together render

In case you missed it, The Sims Studio is going to have another Live Broadcast on Twitch next Friday!

Join us on Friday at 11AM PT, we'll be streaming The Sims 4 Get Together!

You can watch the broadcast here!

8 Dec 2015 - 00:21

I'm nowhere near done, but I took a lot of screens in-game today. And I've uploaded most of them to the site.

You can see all of the screenshots here.

Warning, it's unsorted, and there are over 500 of them so far!

7 Dec 2015 - 17:00

I didn't think I'd get The Sims 4: Get Together for a while as I'm saving up for Bibi at the moment.

Thanks to EA Benelux I got an early access code today, which means I can work on a review, and other articles this week!

I won't be able to publish anything decent today though (especially with the Advent Calendar which I have to work on every day as well!) I am trying my best to capture as much as I can in-game at the moment. I'm doing screenshots first, for the site. And I'll also record some videos later on this week. Happy

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