Citing issues surrounding “the current gaming landscape,” developer ConcernedApe opted to shelve Stardew Valley‘s Wii U version in favor of an upcoming port for Nintendo’s successor console, the Nintendo Switch.
Released for PC platforms via Steam earlier in 2016, Stardew Valley is an overhead-view simulation game in which players attempt to restore a rustic farm to its former glory. Throughout the course of Stardew Valley‘s lengthy campaign, players raise crops, tend livestock, and manufacture products in order to turn a profit. Romance also plays a significant role in Stardew Valley‘s gameplay, and as the storyline progresses, players eventually pair up with one of several potential suitors.
Stardew Valley remained a PC exclusive since it launched in February, but December will mark its long-awaited console debut. A PS4 version will launch digitally on December 13, while an Xbox One port will be available via the Xbox Marketplace on December 14.
“Stardew Valley will not be coming to the Wii U,” creator Eric Barone revealed via the game’s official blog this week. “Looking at Wii U and the current gaming landscape, we made the difficult choice to shift our development efforts to creating a version for Nintendo Switch.”
Barone continued: “I am really looking forward to the Switch, and I believe that the Switch’s unique capabilities could create some exciting opportunities for Stardew Valley. I do want to emphasize that I am absolutely committed to seeing Stardew Valley on Nintendo platforms, and I really do appreciate your support and understanding in this.”
A release date for the Nintendo Switch version of Stardew Valley is not yet known.