Stardew Valley’s multiplayer update remains in the works, but developer Chucklefish is finally ready to start detailing what players should expect from the new mode. In a post on the game’s website, Chucklefish designer Tom Coxon talked about how multiplayer shakes up the farming sim’s gameplay, from marrying your friends to hiring them on to work for you.
The biggest addition in multiplayer is the farmhands feature, which lets players recruit up to three friends to work with them. Friends will live in cabins on the player’s farm, and while the player controls when their farmhands sleep and other crucial decisions, how they live the rest of their lives is up to them. That means friends can have their own inventories, plant their own crops and even marry whomever they want.
Speaking of marriage, what’s most exciting about the mode is the ability to marry other players. That’s been heavily requested, according to the post; how it will work hasn’t been decided yet, but it will feature into the update in some way.
One thing of note: There won’t be local or splitscreen options for multiplayer, which may disappoint some players. Instead, Stardew Valley will rely on Steam and other platforms’ online invitation system to get friends in the game.
The multiplayer update for Stardew Valley still has a ways to go. It’s expected to arrive sometime in early 2018 on Linux, Mac and Windows PC. Consoles will get the update, too — starting with Nintendo Switch — although that will take more time for the developer to prep.