The long-awaited Stardew Valley 1.5 update has finally arrived and is bringing with it the ability to play split-screen local co-op with up to three other players. This feature has been requested by fans for a long time and developer ConcernedApe has finally made it a reality, on PC anyway. Here’s a quick guide on how to invite friends to your farm so you don’t have to live in solitude any longer!
How to Play Split-Screen Local Co-Op in Stardew Valley
For those that are wanting to start a new farm, playing split-screen local co-op is easy. When you start a new game, simply head into the “Advanced Game Options Menu” and choose to have a cabin for three placed on your farm from the start. For those that have an existing farm, you’ll need to pay Robin to build a cabin for three other players before you can play split-screen or local co-op with a friend.
Once you have the cabin built, simply navigate to the game menu and look for the “Multiplayer” option. From there you’ll be able to “Start Local Co-Op” and a friend can join your farm by pressing the start button on a controller that’s connected to the PC. For online split-screen, look for the online multiplayer option.
Now you can have up to three friends visit your farm and check out your hard work. On the flip side, you can also visit their farm! For now, the Stardew Valley split-screen option is only available on PC but will be coming to Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, and Mobile sometime in 2021!
The 1.5 update also included a brand new late-game area called Ginger Island, as well as a new Beach Farm map for those looking to start a new farm. There was also a handful of new items, questlines, characters, and more added. For more details, be sure to check out the full Stardew Valley 1.5 update channel log.
While you’re waiting on split-screen local co-op to come to consoles, be sure to check out some of our other Stardew Valley guides:
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