We knew that Stardew Valley was waiting on approval to release on Nintendo Switch, and publisher Chucklefish has now talked about the submission process.
Whether seeking patience from those eager to start a new life on their grandfather’s old farm plot, this outlines how, once it has been approved in Nintendo’s lot check process, a release window will be locked in – which they hope will be sooner rather than later.
“Realistically we’re trying to get it to everyone as soon as we can, there are a few things involved in that process,” Chucklefish CEO Finn Brice explained on Reddit.
“First the game has to pass through lot check, a process that is out of our hands and essentially takes as long as it takes. Second, we have to ensure we get a release slot agreement from all parties involved.
“There are two ways to do this. The normal way is to decide on the release slot first, way in advance (ideally a date you won’t possibly miss, so you can ensure it happens.) Of course, once you’re done with bug fixing, lot check, updates, etc etc you pretty much have to stick to that date, even if you finish early. That could just result in the game sitting unreleased whilst completely checked and finished for some time.
“The other way is to get all that stuff done first, then announce the next available release window. To ensure we get it out as quickly as is feasible. We opted for that option, and in the meantime, I’m sharing all the info I get and am allowed to share.
“So far lot check is looking really good, nothing has come up that needs fixing. Does that mean it absolutely won’t? No, because otherwise, we’d be picking a release window already. But it’s a very good sign and that’s all I was trying to convey to people, as part of my promise to keep everyone up to date.
“In terms of [the] release window, there are so many people involved in that decision that I couldn’t really say. As soon as I have that information though, you guys will know.”
Stardew Valley will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide.