Stardew Valley creator teases a change coming in the 1.6 update, excited conversation about fruit trees immediately ensues

 Stardew Valley - a player swings a scythe at a patch of grass near a field of peppers and a goat.
Stardew Valley - a player swings a scythe at a patch of grass near a field of peppers and a goat.

The patch notes for the big Stardew Valley 1.6 update remain secret, but we do now know one change that's coming thanks to a patch note. Creator Eric Barone shared a wee little insight into the update on Twitter today, and it's got players awfully excited about their fruit trees.

"Started working on the patch notes for 1.6, thought I would share one random line about changes to fruit trees," Barone tweeted. That change is as follows:

Cutting down a fruit tree now yields the appropriate fruit sapling. If the tree is mature (ie the fruit quality is > basic), it will yield a sapling with the same quality as its fruit. The higher the quality, the faster the sapling will mature when replanted.

It seems like a fairly granular change to me, but the response to the tweet suggests otherwise. There's a lot of excitement, and more than a few questions, which Barone gamely addressed in replies.

For one thing, the change isn't meant to provide any boost over and above what players have now—it's really about preservation. "It's only intended to help people move their trees, not provide any economic benefit," Barone said in response to one inquiry. "The best money maker would be to plant your tree and never touch it again. This just makes it less of a tragedy if there comes a time that you have to move a tree."

"The 'maturity' thing is there so that it's less distressing to move an old, established tree, because it will grow back faster," he said in another reply. New trees that have to be moved will also drop saplings, but without the benefit of the "maturity" bonus.

He also noted that the bonus will not impact the quality of the fruit these trees produce: A sapling from a mature tree will grow faster but still has to go through the same stages in order to start producing the same quality of fruit as its progenitor.

Even with that clarity, the change strikes me as relatively minor, but people who actually play Stardew Valley seem to feel very differently.

WE CAN MOVE FRUIT TREES YIPPEE
WE CAN MOVE FRUIT TREES YIPPEE

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As someone who often moves their trees this is amazing
As someone who often moves their trees this is amazing

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Never thought I'd be so hype about cutting down trees
Never thought I'd be so hype about cutting down trees

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Wow that’s a game changer update!
Wow that’s a game changer update!

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I LOVE U FOR THIS  i fuck up my fruit tree placement too often ��
I LOVE U FOR THIS i fuck up my fruit tree placement too often ��

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"Whomst among us," etc.

I also learned today that there is apparently a "fruit tree meta," which to be honest is not something I'd considered previously.

This is going to change the fruit tree meta drastically.
This is going to change the fruit tree meta drastically.

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Speaking of meta, for some players this will be a quality-of-life improvement that extends beyond the bounaries of Stardew Valley:

maaaaan this could've saved me when I accidentally cut down the tree I literally just bought. my mom still hasn't stopped making fun of me
maaaaan this could've saved me when I accidentally cut down the tree I literally just bought. my mom still hasn't stopped making fun of me

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I don't know much about Stardew Valley but I do know a thing or two about moving trees: I once relocated a fully-grown, poorly-placed apple tree with nothing but a shovel and my bare hands. The tree survived, although it took a few years before it started producing fruit again (which was fine, since it's strictly food for bugs and whatever apple-enjoying animals happen to wander by) and the experience left me with a valuable piece of wisdom: Don't move a tree by yourself unless you really, really gotta move a tree by yourself.

From that perspective, I have to agree with LittlePinkSouda here:

I don't super understand I think but it is really good to do more with them
I don't super understand I think but it is really good to do more with them

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The Stardew Valley 1.6 update is set to go live on March 19. As for exactly when, it all depends on how the day unfolds. "As soon as I wake up, drink a coffee, and there's no last minute problem, I will push the button," Barone tweeted. "So if all goes well, some time in the morning. I'll let everyone know when the time comes." And we will let you know in turn.