It’s important to remember that Stardew Valley was developed by just one person — and yet, we can’t help but highlight some of its strangest bugs. With the Nintendo Switch version out now, players are experiencing a kind of Groundhog’s Day thanks to a bug that kills files upon saving.
A large thread on the game’s community board, hosted by publisher Chucklefish Games, compiles players’ experiences with the bug. There’s only one way to save progress in Stardew Valley: Get into bed and go to sleep. (That makes sense when thinking about how sleep works in real life. At least, to me it does — just roll with it.) But several people are finding that the game crashes as soon as they lay down to rest — erasing all of their hard-won progress.
“This is first started on the 10th day of winter when I went to upgrade my pickaxe to copper,” wrote the user allan-god. “After that I went to sleep and it crashed. Did the day again and same thing happened.”
Even when allan-god waited out winter until the springtime before saving again, the same thing happened if he saved after he tried to upgrade his tools. Others report similar experiences, ranging from spending their days eating sashimi before bed or both cooking and feeding themselves.
“In Fall now and if I do anything at all before going back to sleep the game immediately crashes,” reports a player in a separate Reddit thread. “If I wake up then go back to sleep right away it works fine but on the next day I have the same problem. Tested about 10 times now and doing anything (watering crops, picking up an egg, shipping something, going mining etc) causes the game to crash when I go to sleep afterwards.”
The ways players spend their time before running into the bedtime crash run the gamut from unfortunate to the bizarre. The through-line of all of these instances is that players feel as though they’ve “over-worked” themselves during the day before the sleeping crash. Nonetheless, losing a save means replaying through the same period of time over again — maybe ad nauseam, if they don’t change things up enough.
Chucklefish is aware of the issue, it’s mentioned in a running list of glitches and bugs in Stardew Valley. Work has yet to begin on a fix, however, so players should be careful about stressing themselves out, or they may end up in a miserable loop.