The update will hit the PC first.
Screenshot showing a farm and several farmers fishing or walking around in Stardew Valley.

Stardew Valley fans have been eagerly awaiting news on when the 1.6 update for the game would be released. Developer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has been working on this update for quite some time now. The 1.6 update was supposed to be a relatively small update to the game but it ultimately grew to be "a little larger in scope" than what ConcernedApe had initially planned.

Earlier today, Barone celebrated Stardew Valley's eighth anniversary by announcing a March 19th release date for the 1.6 update. This update will hit PC first with console and mobile platforms following "as soon as possible."

In a separate update made today to the game's press site, it was revealed that Stardew Valley has sold over 30 million copies across all platforms. Of those 30 million copies sold, over 19 million were sold on PC alone.

Barone has been working on the 1.6 update for Stardew Valley since at least April 2023. It was at that time he announced he was taking a break from working on his next title, Haunted Chocolatier, to work on the 1.6 update for Stardew Valley.

The full scope of what all will be included with this 1.6 update has not yet been shared by Barone. The developer tends to keep a lot of this quiet until it's almost released, so we may not see much in the way of new information until closer to March 19th.