When does the Stardew Valley 1.5 update release? No one is quite sure yet, although fans are hopeful that it will arrive before the end of the year or very early in 2021, following in the pattern of the previous 1.4 update.
Here’s a look at the Tweet from ConcernedApe:
If you're a seasoned player thinking of starting a new farm when 1.5 comes out, I'd like to highlight a couple of new features. There will be a new farm type, "Beach Farm", and a new "Advanced Game Options" menu, from which you can adjust some aspects of the game: pic.twitter.com/iMnw2uGLEO
— ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) December 20, 2020
It shows off the brand new start menu in the game. The key changes here is the teaser of a “Beach Farm” that has unique attributes that differentiate it from other types of farms, of which there could be at least a few more.
On the beach farm there is better fishing (you are by the sea, of course) and you might get lucky with supply crates that wash up on the shore. However, the sandy soil makes it harder to grow some crops.
Alongside the introduction of unique farms to choose from, the Advanced Game Options provide the player with a few more ways to play the game.
First of all, you can choose which types of bundles you play with. If you don’t know what these are, this is the mechanic inside Stardew Valley which allows you to get rewards for your farm.
To complete a bundle for the cute Junimos you need to collect all the items inside said bundle. In 1.5, you can choose which bundles can be completed while playing, and turn on the option so that it’s guaranteed you can collect everything you need in Year 1.
Next up, you will also be able to make some changes to gameplay, like allowing monsters to spawn in the dark and spookier areas of your unfinished farm. If you’re a fan of an extra challenge, this is a nice little twist.
You will also be able to change the Mine rewards, either making them better or worse based on what sort of challenge you feel like on this playthrough of Stardew.
Overall, this Advanced Game Menu and the custom farms paves the path for bigger and better updates in the future, with even more options for seasoned Stardew Valley players to really customize and change up their gameplay.