Within the span of nearly two months, ConcernedApe’s Stardew Valley has reportedly managed to sell a million copies. Pretty impressive stuff by a game made by a single developer.
“It’s actually at 1,007,000 [copies sold] as of now,”
There was some slight contention over the numerical value of copies sold given that Steam Spy is reporting numbers slightly askew to the truth that Chucklefish would have us believe. You can check the numbers below.
Keep in mind that Steam Spy runs an algorithm based on approximate estimates, so it’s entirely possible that what Chucklefish is reporting is a lot more accurate than what Steam Spy is showing.
Also, keep in mind that Stardew Valley is also available on GOG.com, so the numbers may look a little bit different in actuality compared to the figures only being reported by Steam Spy… which records Steam sales.
It’s impressive that Stardew Valley has managed to become the sales phenomenon that it is. It’s a true testament that if you build it… they will come… if they want it… badly enough.
In a way the sales aren’t too surprising if you look at the demand in a lot of communities who have been asking for a more involved, evolved and unique Harvest Moon game. The latest Story of Seasons hasn’t really garnered the attention or fan base quite like Stardew Valley. Maybe with some proper promotion and something unique to hook the audience, and we’ll gamers flocking back to the franchise… maybe?
In the meantime, Concerned Ape has likely made enough to retire and never have to work again. However, he’s still working.
The game was recently updated last week to add in new dialogue, make a few fixes and spruce up the festivals.