As per creator Eric Barone, there will be a QA phase for the new features.
Eric Barone’s Stardew Valley has hyped up its multiplayer mode for some time and it looks like the beta may finally arrive in Spring. Barone stated in a new post that update 1.3 already has the new features done thanks to the work of Chucklefish’s Tom Coxon, who’s been handling all the network coding for the multiplayer portion.
“Work on the new features is done, and we’ve sent all the new text off to be translated into the different languages. Meanwhile, we are working on bug fixes. Once we’ve received the translated text and integrated it back into the game, we’ll begin a serious QA phase involving thorough testing of all new features in both multiplayer and single player contexts.
“When that is finished, the update should be ready for a public beta. I am still shooting for a spring release for the beta,” said Barone. More information on how multiplayer works would be provided as the beta is closer to launch. There will also be a complete set of notes on the new features to be expected.
Barone already teased that new content for multiplayer would be coming and that it would also affect single-player. Does that include the new signs seen in the above screenshots? It seems like it so we’re excited to say the least. Thus far, we know that the multiplayer update will allow players to share a farm together with separate houses for each person.