Yesterday, Eric Barone (creator of indie darling Stardew Valley) used his official twitter account @ConcernedApe to reveal that physical editions of his hit game would be coming to both the Switch and PC. Stardew Valley is a SA Gamer favourite with many of our team being completely enamoured with the game and so it was the revelation of an amazing-looking, beautifully-crafted Collector’s edition that really caught the eye. As explained in his tweet, both the physical and collector’s editions exist via a collaboration with FanGamer and there’s a host of goodies you can look forward to receiving should you purchase the collector’s edition. Here is the breakdown they provide on the site:
- Deluxe six-piece wooden standee made from responsibly sourced birch and cherry wood (measures 4.5 x 4 x 4 inches; some assembly required).
- Wooden lapel pin made from the same eco-friendly wood as the standee.
- 14-page Junimo comic by Chihiro Sakaida, the artist of the Before the Farmer comic.
- Deed to your farm featuring gold-foil details on paper made from 30% recycled straw (a byproduct of actual farming!)
- Collector’s Edition box made from sturdy, high-quality materials featuring artwork by Kari Fry, the artist behind the Stardew Valley Guidebook.
- Physical copy of the game on your choice of platform with 18-page, full-colour illustrated instruction manual and double-sided cover with Joja theme on the inside.
- Soft polyester-nylon blend cleaning cloth designed by Chihiro Sakaida
- For a limited time: Bonus poster for preorders until August 15th (measures 10″ by 16″, folded).
It all looks rather magical and there are some great images on the site so it is worth checking out. While pre-orders are already up with shipping set for November this year sometime – it may be worth pointing out that to obtain this ‘oh-so-cute’ box of farming goodness will set you back a fair bit. The collector’s edition is $69. I decided to take a look at what shipping to SA will cost and as you can see below – you expect to pay something near the $110 mark – or just over R1,800 at the current exchange rate.