As many of you readers know, the Harvest Moon series is near and dear to my heart. Everything about these games from the graphics to the storylines warms my heart; that even includes the ever-unpopular Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. I equally adore the Story of Seasons series, which sprouted from Xseed Games after a rough breakup with Natsume. If a game allows me to raise animals, grow crops, and engage in romantic relationships with the local villagers, I’m typically game. This brings us to the purpose of this article, updates on my favorite franchises!
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town was the latest in remakes to hit the Japanese market back in October of 2019. Many players, including myself, waited with bated breath to hear any news on the US release date with little to no mention of when we’d be able to visit Mineral Town. In fact, I eventually gave up on it, especially once Harvest Moon: Mad Dash hit the scene. However, after stalking a few retailers’ sites, I was able to preorder the precious commodity for the Nintendo Switch and found the release date to be July 28, 2020. The day after I preordered my white whale, the Natsume Facebook page threw a surprising curveball my way.
All that was shared was one graphic, displayed below, and a short paragraph. Harvest Moon: One World is intended to be a game that seasoned players and new generations will both want to play. Natsume boasted a new engine as well as graphics with an anticipated release in the fall of 2020. Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume has been tight-lipped thus far but did mention that there would be “new and familiar faces, unique villages, and adventurous challenges” as well as the farming components we have all grown to love.
According to the Natsume press coverage, players will find themselves in a world unlike our own, devoid of tomatoes, strawberries, and even cabbage! The farmer will find an old book that gives clues to what the world used to be and set out on the most daring adventure yet. No longer will players be stuck in one town, but rather, they will have a whole world to discover filled with different terrain and weather. The possibilities are endless and quite mysterious.
Overall, I know many die-hard Harvest Moon fans aren’t pleased with the way the series has changed over the years; however, I must go out on a limb and say I’m excited. I don’t know what Harvest Moon: One World has in store for us, but I’m sure it’ll be full of loveable characters and adorable animals. While I’d love to speculate, I think I’ll need some more context before I can make any guesses as to what Natsume has up their sleeves. In the end, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on Harvest Moon: One World feel free to share them in the comments!