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Natsume Inc and Rising Star Games announced the next game in the Harvest Moon farm sim series. Harvest Moon: One World will arrive on Nintendo Switch later this year.
One World will include an all-new engine with new graphics. The world of Harvest Moon has expanded beyond the farm and into places around the world, such as the beaches of Halo Halo and mountains of Salmiakki. The mysteries of farming have been lost, until the player finds an old book. They must travel the world to fill it with recipes and farming knowledge.
“Harvest Moon: One World features a brand-new way of exploring Harvest Moon that seasoned players and new generations will both enjoy,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO, Natsume. “Over the decades, Harvest Moon has evolved but has always retained the traditional, family-friendly farming fun that the franchise is known for. The new engine and new graphics will upgrade this experience for 2020. We are so excited to share more about the features of Harvest Moon: One World in the coming months.”
The last Harvest Moon game was Mad Dash, a party game spin-off which released on Nintendo Switch (as well as PC and PlayStation 4) in 2019. The most recent main series game was Harvest Moon: Light of Hope in 2018 (2017 on PC).
The series went through a confusing name change about five years ago, in which the older Harvest Moon developers (Marvelous) now produce the Story of Seasons series, with the most recent release as last year’s Doraemon Story of Seasons.
Harvest Moon: One World will launch later this year.
This year has a lot of firsts, including the first year without an E3 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bigger game publishers, such as Ubisoft, are hosting their own digital conferences later this summer. For many indie studios, there’s the Guerrilla Collective.
The Guerrilla Collective is a new digital games festival taking place June 6 – 8, featuring announcements, trailers, and interviews with over 20 developers, including 11 bit Studios, Humble, Larian Studios, Paradox Interactive, and Ysbryd Games.
June 6 and 7 will feature press events including trailers and new announcements, while the final day will feature gameplay demos and developer interviews.
Here is the full list of participating developers and publishers:
- 11 Bit Studios (Frostpunk, This War of Mine)
- Another Indie (SIMULACRA 2, Yuppie Psycho)
- Coffee Stain Studios (Satisfactory, Deep Rock Galactic)
- Fellow Traveller (In Other Waters, Neo Cab)
- Funcom (Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, Conan Exiles)
- Good Shepherd Entertainment (John Wick Hex, The Eternal Cylinder)
- Headup (Bridge Constructor Portal, Pumpkin Jack)
- Humble Publishing (Temtem, Forager)
- Larian Studios (Baldur’s Gate III, Divinity: Original Sin II)
- Modern Wolf (Necronator: Dead Wrong, Out There: Oceans of Time)
- Paradox Interactive (Cities: Skylines, Stellaris)
- Raw Fury (Kingdom Two Crowns, Atomicrops)
- Rebellion (Sniper Elite 4, Zombie Army 4: Dead War)
- Those Awesome Guys (Monster Prom, Move or Die, Floppy Knights)
- Thunderful (SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, Lonely Mountains: Downhill)
- United Label (Eldest Souls, Röki)
- Versus Evil (The Banner Saga, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire)
- Whitethorn Games (Aground, StarCrossed)
- WINGS Interactive (Later Daters, Lord Winklebottom Investigates)
- Ysbryd Games (WORLD OF HORROR, VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action)
- ZA/UM (Disco Elysium)
The Guerrilla Collective livestream is produced and hosted by Greg Miller (Kinda Funny Games), and will include the Future Games Show (produced by GamesRadar), Paradox Insider (Paradox Interactive) and the return of the PC Gaming Show with Sean Plott and Frankie Ward (produced by PC Gamer). The show is sponsored by ID@Xbox, Astro Gaming, Razer, Wilmer Sound, and Fully Illustrated.
The Guerrilla Collective event will begin on Jun 6 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern.
Since the launch of the Nintendo Switch in March 2017, Nintendo has tracked over 55 million units sold, making it the third highest-selling Nintendo home console of all time. The Switch sold 21 million units over the last fiscal year.
Those 55 million units include the Switch and the handheld-only Switch Lite, which released in September 2019.
The third place milestone surpasses the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom in Japan), which sold 49 million units from 1990 – 2003, when it was finally discontinued in Japan.
Currently in second place is the original Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom in Japan), which sits at 61 million units sold. It’s credited with single-handily reviving the entire gaming industry in the 1980s.
Having sold over 50 million units in only three years, the Switch has been a smashing success for Nintendo. We have no doubt it will soon take second place.
First place, however, is the often maligned Nintendo Wii, which sold a staggering 101 million units in about seven years. The Wii broke several sales records, mostly due to the motion control-fad, and the fact that it was sold more as a toy than a gaming console.
It’s important to note that none of these home console sales lists include Nintendo’s handheld consoles, such as the Game Boy, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS, which tend to outsell all the home consoles by a wide margin. The 3DS, for example, released in 2011 and has sold over 77 million units. It has yet to be discontinued, though the Switch’s handheld functionality has all but replaced it.
With the cancellation of E3 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many game studios are turning toward digital streams, events, and conferences. Last week Microsoft showcased 13 upcoming games for the Xbox Series X in the Inside Xbox event. Ubisoft will be hosting their first digital conference , Ubisoft Forward, on July 12 at 12 pm Pacific/3 pm Eastern.
The official news post is extremely brief. Ubisoft promises “an E3-style showcase with plenty of exclusive game new, exciting reveals, and much more.” E3 press conferences are typically between one and two hours, and feature new game reveals, in-depth gameplay videos, and developer presentations.
The biggest upcoming Ubisoft game is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was announced during an artist livestream of the official banner art, followed by a cinematic trailer. Another trailer was shown during the Inside Xbox event, but many fans were disappointed that we didn’t get a look at actual gameplay yet. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is due to launch this holiday season.
Watch Dogs: Legion is another upcoming Ubisoft game. It was announced during last year’s E3 press conference, and featured a mesmerizing gameplay trailer with multiple playable characters. It was initially due to launch in the first half of 2020, but has been delayed to the latter half.
Other upcoming Ubisoft games we hope to see more of are Gods & Monsters, a Breath of the Wild-esque action-RPG, Roller Champions, a roller derby sports game, and Rainbow Six Quarantine, the first new game in the shooter series since 2015’s Rainbow Six Siege.
Ubisoft Forward will stream digitally on July 12, presumably on their official Twitch and YouTube channels.