Disney Dreamlight ValleyIts biggest problem is the Dream Shard – a resource so scarce that a lot of players, myself included, have been mildly locked out of the game for days on end. However, the developer Gameloft says it fixed the problem by correcting the game’s resource balance issues and fixing other problematic bugs.
The Dream Shard, an important resource, will now appear more often – as a reward for feeding animals, clearing spikes, and digging for glitter.
Dreamlight Valley is an early access game, and there have been recent technical issues that have plagued some of those games. I’m playing on Xbox Series X via Xbox Game Pass, and based on what I’ve heard and read, it’s in much better shape than Nintendo Switch version, seems to keep crashing or glitching. I didn’t experience technical issues more often than once or twice in the 19 hours I played, which doesn’t feel unusual to me. But I yes constrained by that imbalanced resource reproduction.
I’ve reached a quest line that lifts a curse on the village – one that locks all villagers in their house, except for Kristoff, Merlin, and damn Rapunzel’s mother. To progress, I need 5 dream shards, which are extremely rare. For reference, after 19 hours, I don’t have. You need to clear the spikes to have a chance of finding them, and only a few spikes appear per day – unless you’re unlocking a new area. The revived spikes don’t give me Dream Shard, so I grinded cooking and fishing to unlock Dreamlight points to open a new area.
See above: My house is full of cooked fish and bowls of fruit. (With everyone locked in the house, I couldn’t sell any items either, which meant I had to dispose of everything on the ground.)
After a few hours, I had enough Dreamlight points to unlock a thorny new area. Unfortunately these thorns gave me coins and seeds – not a dream shard. And so I had to start the process of sharpening Dreamlight points all over again, hoping to one day find the 5 fragments of my dream. At that rate, it would take well over a week, which wouldn’t be so horrible if I could literally do anything else in the game.
But it didn’t take me more than a week, because I found the solution by checking the developer’s Twitter account: Gameloft sent all players 25 Dream Shards to compensate for balance issues; My problems are now solved and my town is free. So if you’re having this problem, check your mailbox – although there’s nothing in the game to show you have mail. It’s Band-Aid about a design problem, even if Band-Aid is hidden from anyone who doesn’t check Twitter.
Thanks to this update, which Gameloft says will roll out in a few hours, Dream Shards shouldn’t have many problems. But if it does, know that your mailbox is also stocking up on Dream Shards.
Gameloft didn’t mention whether it’ll adjust the spawn rate for any other items – flowers and other foraging resources also spawn slowly – but the Night Shard adjustment will give players more freedom.