Stardew Valley Developer Gives Workaround for Corrupted Saves Issue on Nintendo Switch

Some players are experiencing issues with the Nintendo Switch version of Stardew Valley where save files get corrupted when sleeping (in-game). Below is the developer statement on how to get around this issue while they work on a fix.

“Hi everyone. Just posting with an update on the crashing while sleeping issue to help people avoid the issue, and to clear up some misinformation.

There are two things that need to happen in order to cause the crash:

  1. At least one of the following core tool items must not be in your inventory when you sleep: Pickaxe, Axe, Hoe, Watering Can, Scythe. If you have the Return Scepter, that counts too.
  2. At least one of your chest-like containers must have a gap between two items. This includes chests you’ve crafted, the fridge in the farmhouse upgrade, and the containers on the Mill and Junimo Hut buildings. It doesn’t include the chests that spawn every 10 levels in the mines.

The crash happens when the game scans your inventory and chests to make sure none of your tools are missing. When it encounters a gap in the chest, it causes an error. The PC and other console versions are able to handle the error and keep running, however the Switch version cannot.

The crash doesn’t require you to upgrade any tools (although that is one way you can end up sleeping without tools in your inventory). And it doesn’t require the fridge.

That said, it’s surprisingly not very easy to create a gap in a chest. Simply adding or removing items from a chest automatically removes all the gaps. There are only two ways we know of:

  • With the house upgrade that provides the kitchen, cook some food that uses ingredients in the fridge. That can create a gap in the fridge.
  • With a full inventory, open a chest and directly trash an item from it.

We’re advising players who are encountering this crash to sort all of their chests. You can continue using the fridge to cook food, as long as you sort it afterwards. Upgrading tools causes no problems as long as there are no gaps in any chests.

We believe that this accounts for all of the sleep crashes that people are reporting, and there is a fix for the issue in the patch we’re preparing.

Note that the crash occurs long before writing anything to your save file, so nothing is permanently damaged. And even if it did crash while saving – Stardew on Switch writes save files atomically, so nothing would be corrupted in that case. That said, there are a small number of people reporting a crash while loading their save file. We think this is a separate issue and we’re looking into it. Anyone encountering a crash while loading their save file is encouraged to contact us.”

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