harvest moon: light of hope

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Coming to PC, Switch, PS4

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The Harvest Moon franchise turns 20 this year. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Natsume Inc. and Rising Star Games have announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. No release date was announced, but Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be playable at E3 2017 in June. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 as well as PC (Steam) and Nintendo Switch, making the first time a Harvest Moon game will be playable on PC and Switch.

“Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”

Light of Hope begins as you survive a shipwreck and wash upon the shores of a small harbor town, destroyed from the storm. Your job will be to help rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse by farming, gathering resources, and making friends.

There’s a lot more Harvest Moon content coming this year as part of the 20th anniversary. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland are coming for PS4. Harvest Moon 64 is coming to Wii U. The first Harvest Moon mobile app, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is also arriving this year, and is geared toward younger kids.

Considering how incredibly well indie farm sim Stardew Valley sold last year, this could be the perfect time for Natsume to go all in with Harvest Moon.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be coming to PS4, PC, and Switch.

 

Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers Is a New Mobile Game for Young Children

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A new mobile spin-off title from the Harvest Moon series is being aimed directly at younger children. Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is being developed by Daredevil Development, who previously created kid franchise apps like Bob the Builder and Paddington Bear. It is published in cooperation with Rising Star Games and Harvest Moon owner Natsume. It’s coming worldwide on May 25 for iOS and Android mobile devices.

“We are thrilled to enter the app market with a title based on Harvest Moon, a series whose name has been synonymous with family-friendly gaming for 20 years,” said Martin Defries, Managing Director at Rising Star Games. “We worked in close partnership with the series’ originator Natsume for complete authenticity, and partnered with developer Daredevil for its impressive experience in delivering engaging and kid-friendly experiences based on trusted children’s brands.”

Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers uses simple tap and swipe controls to farm and raise animals. Activities include collecting eggs, milking cows, planting seeds, and providing your produce to the locals. There’s no on-screen text as the game is aimed at the preschooler crowd.

Harvest Moon Lil' Farmers

Recently the Harvest Moon series went through a confusing name change with Story of Seasons and publisher Marvelous Entertainment. The Harvest Moon series of the 90s evolved into Story of Seasons. Natsume would retain the rights to the name “Harvest Moon,” however, and would publish their own Harvest Moon games beginning in 2014. Thus far Story of Seasons has been more well-received by fans and critics.

Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers launches on May 25 for iOS and Android.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns Coming to 3DS in February

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While Stardew Valley got all the love last year, the longest-running farming and life sim series it was inspired from will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with a new title. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is coming to North America on February 28 for Nintendo 3DS.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns takes place in the intersection between three distinct regions. Each town and area is home to its own crops, shops, events, and romanceable companions. Trio of Towns will also include a multiplayer island for local and online play. A small plushie toy based on the in-game capybara pet is available for pre-order from retailers.

Trio of Towns will include unique outfits based on characters from Super Mario Bros. Each outfit also provides a special bonus.

  • Mario’s Outfit – Increases running speed
  • Luigi’s Outfit – Improves your luck at fishing
  • Princess Peach’s Outfit – Befriend people easier
  • Toad’s Outfit – Stamina recharges over time

Story of Seasons was formerly known as Harvest Moon, a series that dates back to the 90s with over two dozen titles. They’re widely considered the preeminent series of farming and life sim games.

Marvelous Inc. were the original developers but don’t own the copyright to the Harvest Moon name. The series was re-branded as Story of Seasons (published by XSeed Games), with the first title releasing in 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS. It received favorable reviews and became XSeed’s fasted-selling game.

To add to the confusion, the publishers that do own the Harvest Moon name (Natsume) released their own Harvest Moon title in 2014. It was called Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley and was poorly received.

Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be available in digital and physical format. It has been rated E for Everyone by the ESRB with Comic Mischief, Suggestive Themes, and Alcohol Use. It releases on February 28 for Nintendo 3DS.