The Quest Log: August 1, 2017

August is here, which means that the biggest season for new game releases is right around the corner! Which games due this fall are you looking forward to most? In the meantime, Tacoma, the first game developed by Fullbright since Gone Home, launches today, which should be a must-play for fans of emotional, story-driven games. Now, let’s take a look at what’s going on in the news:

Stardew Valley Multiplayer Update Due Early 2018

In an official blogpost by Chucklefish we got our first details about the upcoming multiplayer update for Stardew Valley, one of last year’s most surprising and delightful hits. Non-primary players will be able to take on the roles of up to three “farmhands,” each of whom maintain their own inventories and can perform many but not all of the same actions available to the game’s main player. This includes interacting and marrying with the NPCs of the game, but players will also be able to marry one another, which is a feature that I’m sure will appeal to real-life couples playing the game in co-op. A Steam beta is set to roll out later this year, during which time modders have been encouraged to update their own content for the update, and an official release is scheduled for early next year for PC with console versions (starting with the Switch) to follow shortly thereafter.

SNES Classic Will Be Available Later This Month

After the debacle with Walmart’s SNES Classic pre-orders last week, would-be buyers of the hotly anticipated retro console are no-doubt itching for their first legitimate chance to secure one. Today, Kotaku’s Jason Schreir reported that pre-orders would go live “late this month.” Nintendo is also promising that additional units will be shipped to stores on launch day to help ensure that demand is met, but who are they kidding? There’s no way they’re going to have enough of these things to get one in the hands of everyone willing to buy one this year.

Guild Wars 2’s Next Expansion is Coming this September

The next expansion to Guild Wars 2, the critically acclaimed MMORPG from NCSOFt, was announced today and is due for release next month! The expansion, which will be shown off during a free trial next weekend, features nine new specializations, five new zones, and mounts (a series first). If you like what you see next weekend, you won’t have to wait long at all for the official launch, which happens September 22.