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Stardew Valley Has Sold Over Half A Million Copies Since Launch

According to Steam spy, indie farming sim Stardew Valley has sold 542,874 copies on Steam alone since its release late last month. What’s more, 94% of the purchasers of the game were still logged as having played it in the past two weeks; a number that shows interest hasn’t died down much among the community.

    Score rank: 99% Userscore: 98% Metascore: 86%
    Owners: 542,874 ± 16,974
    Players in the last 2 weeks: 511,088 ± 16,470 (94.14%)
    Players total: 524,472 ± 16,684 (96.61%)
    Peak concurrent players yesterday: 43,750
    YouTube stats: 6,975,509 views and 47,790 comments for videos uploaded last week, over 50 new videos uploaded yesterday
    Playtime in the last 2 weeks: 22:00 (average) 14:12 (median)
    Playtime total: 23:50 (average) 15:16 (median)

Developed by one-man development team ConcernedApe (Eric Barone), Stardew Valley was a four year project intended to sharpen the developer’s programming skills while he looked for a job within the tech sector. With the game’s runaway success, he may no longer need it.

Thanks go to NeoGAF for the tip.

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24 comments
  1. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    March 17, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Well of course it would. When you make a game that’s pretty much Harvest Moon with combat and something that people have been longing for of course it would.

  2. Nagato
    Nagato
    March 17, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Well deserved, for having the common sense to realize there was a huge gap in the market that neither Natsume nor Xseed cared to cater to, as well as seemingly delivering a level of quality the HM/SoS series hasn’t seen since Friends of Mineral Town 12 years ago.

    We already saw the same thing last year with Undertale as well, which now sits at 1,3M copies sold.

  3. djluke_1993
    djluke_1993
    March 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Well Xseed have been localising the Pocoropolis games I think it’s called and all of those are made by the original creator of Harvest Moon series and are pretty good. Natsume I think own the Harvest Moon rights and they’ve been releasing shit after shit of them for so long now.

  4. Adohleas
    Adohleas
    March 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    The numbers were at 425,000 over a week ago when steamspy showed 374,000 at least according to the developer. That means GOG, while not as large as steam, must have a nice chuck of sales. Too bad there isn’t anything like Steamspy for GOG so we could see numbers there as well.

  5. Adohleas
    Adohleas
    March 17, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Well Natsume is putting HM on PC, however it looks like crap. XSEED has replied in their forums when asked about porting Story of Seasons to PC and said they will tell the developers that there is fan interest for it. Only time will tell if Marvelous decides to go that route.

  6. Silhouette
    Silhouette
    March 17, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    It’s basically Harvest Moon and/or Rune Factory for Steam.

    This is what I have been (and presumably others) asking for, for some time.

    Of course it did.

    It turns out, knowing your audience really does work.

  7. Silhouette
    Silhouette
    March 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    That’s Rune Factory, and it has been around for a bit and been successful.

    The interesting difference here, I would assert, is that its basically harvest moon finally coming to PC, which has not seen a decent port of the series is basically ever.

  8. Brimfyre
    Brimfyre
    March 17, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    This is the Harvest Moon game with cuckolding, right?

  9. orbo
    orbo
    March 17, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    If this doesn’t convince the devs of the rune factory or story of seasons, then nothing will.

    The game is still selling too, this is just what it has gotten so far, just like undertale sales are still going up even though it’s at 1.3m sales.
    Companies outside of square dream of their jrpgs selling that many copies.

  10. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    March 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Sorta. The women you can romance are a rainbow of diversity. The guys on the other hand are all purty white bois.

  11. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Who says you need a huge company to make successful games?

  12. Richard Miller
    Richard Miller
    March 17, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I asked for the same thing but foolish people believe that GoG doesn’t matter.

  13. Feniks
    Feniks
    March 17, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Yeah but this is not a JRPG. And besides no jrpg outside of Final Fantasy ever sells large numbers. Putting them on PC wouldn’t change that.

  14. scemar
    scemar
    March 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    well earned sales
    solid game, mixes aspects of popular franchises not catered on the platform while adding some of its own spins and doesn’t under achieve when it comes to gameplay

    the only thing I’d complaina bout..are the character sprites
    the japanese still beat them at making them actually look cute

  15. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    March 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Guess they should have put Harvest Moon on PC all along.

  16. Richard
    Richard
    March 17, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Can’t… stop… playing…

  17. Shinobu
    Shinobu
    March 17, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I initially pirated the game, but after seeing just how much value there was in a $15 package I just couldn’t help but give the game a purchase. Saves me the hassle of looking for update patches constantly. Damn solid value for the price.

  18. RetroGamer
    RetroGamer
    March 17, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    My favorite HM games were the top-down and isometric ones like HM64, Friends of Mineral Town and Magical Melody. The newer ones just aren’t the same.

  19. BanBrado
    BanBrado
    March 18, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Well this proves there is a demand on PC for Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons and Rune Factory.

    Wonder if Marvelous will get the message.

  20. Cassandra Suzanne
    Cassandra Suzanne
    March 18, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Yes sadly they’re ugly and I don’t know if there is hope of that changing

  21. scemar
    scemar
    March 18, 2016 at 12:27 am

    The character portrait art can be changed with a few mods, some are very nice I recommend checking them out.

    But I haven’t heard of any mods that change the overworld character sprites.

  22. Hitgrim
    Hitgrim
    March 18, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    the demand has been filled. I’d rather have Stardew 2 than HM for PC

  23. Hitgrim
    Hitgrim
    March 18, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    I bought it on GOG. It’s the most customer centered platform and I am going to make a point of giving them my business from now on.

    Plus I figure it’s the king of game I might like to be able to run without any DRM since I can enjoy playing it for a long time and it runs on modest hardware.

    I have sort of gotten bored after logging 35 hours but that’s after pulling an all-nighter and then taking a sick day to play it most of 2 days straight.

    Excellent game!

  24. Evropi
    Evropi
    March 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I reckon the pixel art is superb (portraits are okay, not special) and the colour palette in particular is very well chosen. They are not so great when animated, though. Animated elements are what you pay attention to most of the time, which is why it can look a little ‘off’ at times.