Natsume has announced the next entry in the Harvest Moon series, Light of Hope, and this one is coming to Nintendo’s Switch, PS4, and PC. This marks the first time a Harvest Moon game will be on Steam, and the first Harvest Moon game for PlayStation since PS2. Natsume says the game will encompass 20 years of Harvest Moon spirit.
From the press release:
In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a monsoon and goes down. As they drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town!
“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!”
“Partnering with Natsume for over a decade, we’ve been delighted to bring the joyful gameplay of Harvest Moon to fans in Europe and beyond”, said Martin Defries, Managing Director, Rising Star Games. “We are excited to be part of the unveiling of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope at E3″.
As part of the year-long 20th anniversary celebration, Natsume has also unveiled the re-release of Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for the PlayStation 4, and Harvest Moon 64 for the Nintendo Wii U. Rising Star Games, in cooperation with Natsume, announced its first ever app for smart devices, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers. The history of the franchise can be seen at a new site with official release dates, artwork, box art, and interesting trivia. http://www.natsume.com/current_game/games/hm20th/index.html
Smith’s Sentiment: I’m very interested in this. Natsume faces some stiff competition as they squandered the name and rep of the Harvest Moon franchise while also keeping it on handheld Nintendo devices. This should be welcomed for PC and PS4, but both have Stardew Valley which is pretty much a perfect Harvest Moon game. I’m looking forward to seeing what the game looks like and how it plays. If it can actually recreate the original SNES-style charm, then I’d be interested. We’ll see.