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Miscellaneous Trivia:

  • The character of Alex was originally named "Josh", and was unveiled to the game's followers as such in the dev update introducing all the bachelors and bachelorettes. The reason for the name change is unknown, but his house is still referred to as "JoshHouse" in the game's files.
  • Vincent and Jas were the last major characters to be introduced, and were added because ConcernedApe felt that the town needed to have small children to make it feel more alive. This change gave Penny (who was originally intended as a loner homebody) a totally new lease on life as their tutor. This also explains why Jas in particular seems very superfluous to the lives of the rest of her family, though the 1.1 update made a point of including Jas in most of Shane's newly-added cutscenes.
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  • The pattern on Shane's shirt (barely visible in his character portrait) is the number 2, as the shirt itself is a collared soccer jersey. Earlier versions of the character wore the shirt (with the number plainly visible on his sprite) without the hoodie over it, and had long-ish brown hair rather than the short-cropped dark purple do he ended up with. His sprite being completely overhauled to account for these changes happened fairly late in development, and was an exception to many other character sprites remaining largely the same over the years, even as character portraits evolved. Check out this development screenshot from December 2013 for his original look (he's in the upper left-hand corner), and notice how everyone else looks much the same.

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Listed Trivia:

  • Approval of God: Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of Harvest Moon, enjoys Stardew Valley since he thinks it captures the spirit of his old games more than Harvest Moon's later installments.
  • Defictionalization: You can purchase the Before the farmer comic which comes with the farmer's grandfather letter from the game. As well as the Collector's physical edition of the game which comes with a physical deed to the farm. Some other items such as a Stardrop Salon Tankard and a Joja Cola glass are also available.
  • Dummied Out:
    • A whole slew of weapons—some the Weapons of Choice of bachelor(ette)s—are in the game's code.
    • The original character sprites from the beta are still in the game files. Haley's shows up during part of her 8 heart event, but the rest cannot be accessed without hacks or mods.
    • A glitchy unused mountain summit area can be found north of the railroad if you use an out of bounds glitch. Early screenshots showed part of the intended path there from the railroad. Once you get there, you're stuck, so be sure to bring along a warp totem or return scepter. Version 1.5 has added the summit as a proper area, however it's only unlocked after achieving 100% completion.
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    • Files exist for an item called the "Jukebox Ring"; the description indicates that it would play a random assortment of music from the game when you equipped it.
    • Unused sprites for Linus show him as a young man in a suit. These could have been from a cut heart event flashback showing his old life and why he left it behind.
    • Data files show references to unimplemented improvements for the farm, like being able to pay for extra space or improving the sand in order to be able to use sprinklers.
  • Meaningful Release Date: Possibly a happy coincidence, but the Switch version of the game was released on the Harvest Moon of 2017.
  • Schedule Slip: Initial plans were for the game to be released before the end of 2013. The release date for part of the game (the single-player mode only) was February 26, 2016, and the much-vaunted co-op mode followed almost two-and-a-half years later, on August 1, 2018.
  • Troubled Production: The game faced a lot of obstacles during development. On more than one occasion, the game was said to be close to finished, only for silence to follow.
    • On September 16, 2015, Chucklefish (the publishers and closed beta-testers for the game) released a stream with about an hour of gameplay footage—the first live gameplay footage made available in two years. Chucklefish had previously hosted a stream of an earlier build of the game, but it was deleted after Twitch instituted their policy of purging non-highlight archive videos. In his dev post linking the stream, ConcernedApe claimed that the single-player game was "99% complete" and that the game would "certainly" be released in 2015.
    • However, less than two months later, on November 7, ConcernedApe announced that, due to delays in finishing the game's multiplayer (he would later reveal that multiplayer development had effectively been dormant while he'd been working on single-player), he would not be able to release the game in 2015 after all. He announced plans to launch a Steam page for the game, though this ultimately took several weeks, and began posting daily development updates to his Twitter feed. From this point forward, images and video of the game began to appear on the Twitter feeds of Chucklefish staff members, and then subsequently on the streams of several popular Twitch users, indicating that the closed beta had expanded its tester base. Because the single-player game was essentially done and had been for some time, but the co-op mode would take several more months to complete, on December 18, 2015, ConcernedApe officially announced that the single-player version of Stardew Valley would be released to Steam (for a "very affordable" price) sometime in the new year, with the co-op mode to follow in an update later on.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The game originally had a slightly different introduction that allowed the player character to be controlled while on the bus to Stardew Valley; there were several Non Player Characters on the bus that could be interacted with. This was also where you met Dobson, a Joja Mart employee who was originally going to be the game's villain. ConcernedApe eventually decided that Dobson didn't fit the feel he wanted for the game; Morris would end up inheriting some of his characteristics.
    • Robin was originally planned as a romanceable character, but that was scrapped because it would require breaking up her and Demetrius.
    • The beta versions of the infidelity scenes were initially much harsher. In the 1.3 update, being caught dating every bachelor/bachelorette at once will cause them all to be angry at you and refuse gifts for a week, but then return to normal; you can even avoid the scenes altogether by just having a rabbit's foot in your inventory. In the beta version, you'd lose 250 relationship points (a full heart) with each partner, your engagement would be cancelled if you had one, and all of your boyfriends/girlfriends would break up with you at once, with no way to avoid the consequences.
    • ConcernedApe put out a couple of Twitter polls to decide who to make as eligible marriage candidates in a then-future update. Shane and Emily were the winners and were later made romanceable; the other options included Linus, Clint, and the Wizard for bachelors and Marnie, Pam, and Sandy for bachelorettes.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Official Stardew Valley Wiki.

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