Like the changing of the seasons, Harvest Moon games just keep coming. Natsume has announced the next entry in the farming RPG franchise, titled Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. It's due for 3DS later this year, and Natsume is aiming to differentiate this one from the various others that have grown a bit rote with increased world customization.
Primarily, that means you can set your field however you'd like. The announcement mentions a tulip fields of Holland or a water-logged valley like Venice. Presumably whatever setting you choose will have to be set in a valley. A lost valley. This one will also be fully 3D for the first time.
New customization options were similarly introduced in Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, but those were limited to crafting your farmer.
“Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is truly evolving the franchise. Hardcore fans will love it, players who haven't played a Harvest Moon game in a while will want to try it out, and new players will be introduced to the unique and charming world that is Harvest Moon,” said Natsume president Hiro Maekawa, in the announcement. “But the incredibly exciting thing that really elevates the game is that while it does get back to what everyone loves about the early games, it also innovates in a way that no Harvest Moon game ever has.”
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Natsume announced the next entry in the long-running Harvest Moon franchise, titled The Lost Valley. It focuses on increased customization, letting you edit attributes of your farm.
I used to dig me some Harvest Moon. I haven't played since... Back to Nature on the PS1. Has it been improving?
The situation regarding Harvest Moon titles appears complicated. The Lost Valley game is being developed by Natsume, who owns the name Harvest Moon in the US. Natsume has not developed any harvest moon games to date and has only been responsible for publishing them. Earlier this year another game in the Harvest Moon series was released in Japan and will be called Story of Seasons in US, which is being produced by the developers of the more recent Harvest Moon games. This latter game also carries the Japanese equivalent of the Harvest Moon title.
So, due to legal trademark squabbles it appears the US will be receiving two Harvest Moon games from two different developers. Good time to like Harvest Moon games, I suppose.
I might just have to get the wife a 2DS for Christmas just for this game.