Stardew Valley has been one of the greatest gems to hit PC since its release and since its originally release, the game has transitioned quite well onto other platforms like the Nintendo Switch. Now developer Concerned Ape is looking to take things to the next level by introducing an official multiplayer mode for Stardew Valley. It’s still in beta, but here’s what you need to know in order to play multiplayer in Stardew Valley.

How to Play Multiplayer

If you’re looking to give Stardew Valley’s multiplayer a try, then you’re going to need to opt into the beta. Now, since Stardew Valley is available on both Steam and GOG, we’ll break this guide down into two branches. First, let’s cover how to join the beta on Steam.

How to Play Multiplayer on Steam

To enable the beta on Steam, head to your Library and right-click on Stardew Valley in the game list.

From here, select Properties.

Now you should be able to select the beta tab and see a dropdown for the beta that you want to select.

Right off the bat, you won’t have any betas available here. So, you’ll need to unlock it. To do this, locate the box below the drop down and then enter the password jumpingjunimos and click Check Code. This should give you a message saying that you’ve unlocked the beta.

Select the beta from the dropdown, then Steam will download the beta client with the co-op game mode installed as well.

How to Play Multiplayer on GOG Galaxy

If you own the game on GOG, then you’ll need to have the GOG Galaxy application installed.

With GOG Galaxy launched, locate Stardew Valley in your library and click on it. Now, click on MORE and find Settings.

From here, search for the Beta Channels option up in the top right-hand corner and change this setting to ON to enable the use of beta clients in GOG Galaxy.

From here you can go to the UPDATES area of the game and locate the Channel drop down list. Next, select Add Private Channels from the bottom of the list and then input jumpingjunimos as the password and click Submit. This should unlock the beta client in the drop-down list. Select it to download it and install the co-op client.

All that’s left to do now is launch the game and choose the co-op option. Learn more about how to invite friends to your Stardew Valley game and then dive in to tackle the country-life with your favorite friends. You can also check out our guide on how to upgrade your farm and farmhouse or how to get Truffle Oil in Stardew Valley.