Harvest Moon: Light of Hope seems to shed little optimism for avid fans of Natsume and Marvelous Entertainment’s love child. Often when one hears “Harvest Moon” they picture endearing cut scenes, cuddly animals, and charming love interests. Natsume announced on May 16th, 2017 that Harvest Moon: Light of Hope would be making its way not only to PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch but Steam as well. The artwork suggests that the game will look similar to that of the Super Nintendo version, in terms of a two-dimensional landscape, fused with the new 3D characters seen in more recent versions. The premise behind Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is to revive an old harbor town and restore the lighthouse to its former glory which seems to be the typical format for most of the series. On August 16th, 2017 GameTrailers released the trailer via Youtube, which left some followers of the franchise uncertain. The video starts with some funky beats as the character speaks with a villager named Sam, the merchant, about fixing up his destroyed business. This prompts the character to chop down trees in a two-dimensional forest and eventually return to repair Sam’s rundown shop via hitting it with an axe. While the new animation is appealing to some, most commenters on the trailer noted that after the splitting of Natsume and Marvelous Entertainment the franchise has gone downhill and they don’t look forward to the latest Harvest Moon instalment. Alternatively, as a self-proclaimed super-fan, I anticipate seeing more information released soon as well as how the newest chapter of the Harvest Moon series will compare with the legacy that has been created. On the other hand, as a self-proclaimed Harvest Moon super-fan, I look forward to learning more about Harvest Moon: Light of Hope and seeing how the gameplay differs from previous games. As of now, there is no release date however, launch is anticipated in early 2018. In the end, only time will tell if Harvest Moon fans should feel hopeful or just hopeless. Check out the trailer here:

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