How to Save in Stardew Valley?


Just like with any other game, it’s crucial to understand how to save in Stardew Valley. What is the point of playing if you won’t save your progress at all? You might accidentally lose a lot of gameplay and have to do everything again!

That’s why, in this guide you can find all about the saving situation in Stardew Valley and why the developer chose it like this. The developer of this game has his own opinion about how saving should work, and it’s quite an interesting take.

Here is everything you need to know:

How to Save Progress in Stardew Valley

Before we get into the details, keep in mind that the process is the same for all platforms! Whether you play on PS4 or PC, this guide will work perfectly for you. Meaning, no need to worry about that. This makes saving much easier for players. You won’t need to learn 5 different ways to save a game, right?

Turns out that the only way to save the progress in the game is by going to sleep. Yes, you read that right! You just need to get into your bed, and you will immediately see that your game has been saved.

If you’re used to being able to save the game wherever and whenever, then you might be surprised by this decision! Stardew Valley is a very simple game, so, of course, there had to be some traditional elements in it.

What Do The Players Think?

It’s quite interesting that some players started writing in forums about this saving process being quite complicated. However, other players had different opinions and claimed that this is what makes the game even more interesting.

Here is what the developer himself had to say about this situation:

First, I don’t want save scumming to be easy. I know you aren’t being “forced” to do it, but if it’s really convenient it creates a strong incentive, which I think detracts from the experience of the game. I’ve always tried to be very careful about “optional” things. As a bit of a completionist myself, I know that if something is possible you’re probably going to want to do it. I see saving at the end of the day as the Stardew Valley equivalent to “permadeath”… it’s an incentive to care about your decisions during the day, knowing that you can’t just reload a second earlier until you get the right outcome.

Second, having it save at the end of the day makes things a lot simpler from a technical standpoint. Many things in the game reset on new days, so their state doesn’t need to be kept track of if you’re always starting up on the dawn of a new day. I don’t want it to sound like I’m making excuses or anything, I could probably make a quicksave feature work but it would take a substantial amount of work at this point.

ConcernedApe, Reddit

It’s quite an interesting take, right? One of the most understandable things is the technical barrier. The developer made the game on his own, so it’s already amazing as it is. Also, the game probably got its last update (Stardew Valley 1.5), so it’s unlikely that we will see a quick save option any time soon.

In the end, it’s up to the developer to decide how the game should function!

The developer himself is working on other projects, so he is choosing to focus on them instead of rethinking aspects of the older game, which is understandable! We can’t wait to see what else he create!

Why You Should Always Save

Even though saving the game takes an additional step, it’s still one of the most important things in the game!

Some players might be used to automatic saving and leave the game without thinking twice, but that could be a huge mistake. Just imagine if you spent the whole day harvesting and planting and then you lost all that progress!

Think of it as a natural thing! Everyone needs some sleep at the end of the day. Don’t forget to treat your character in the same way to keep the game going! Just let your character sleep once in a while and everything will be great.

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