Thousands of Stardew Valley fans have signed an online petition to ask developer ConcernedApe to include nonbinary pronouns.
Although working on his newest game Haunted Chocolatier, developer ConcernedApe has been releasing steady updates for the now 7-year-old farming sim.
In fact, the petitioners considered that the upcoming patch 1.6 would be the perfect time to try and include nonbinary pronouns for players, especially since the patch is also set to include an entire suite of expanded content and features such as more festivals and 8-player multiplayer.
The petition was started by Atmos Fierce, a 28 year old gamer, Twitch partner, and drag performer who felt that the game’s current options are a disservice to the diverse fanbase of Stardew Valley.
Here’s what he has to say when creating the petition.
7 years ago Stardew Valley changed everything for indie gaming. This farming simulation game created by Eric Barone aka. ConcernedApe is often said to be one of the greatest games of all time. It has amassed a huge fanbase, selling over 20 million copies. There is a huge problem with the game though. When starting a new farm you are tasked with creating a character, but there are only two gender options to choose from. This excludes non-binary players from fully feeling represented in their gameplay, forcing them to select between being referred to as he or she throughout their entire gameplay experience.
At the time of writing, the petition has over 4300 signatures encouraging the Stardew Valley developer to consider adding this feature.
The petition can be found here on Change.org.
Stardew Valley has been available since 2016 for Windows PC (via GOG, and Steam) Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Android, and iOS – as well as more recently on Xbox Game Pass. In case you missed it, you can find our review for Stardew Valley here (we highly recommend it!)