Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the Harvest Moon series, Natsume today have announced a brand new entree to the Harvest Moon series — Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. The new game promises to encompass twenty years of what has made Harvest Moon great and will be releasing for PlayStation 4, and for the first time ever on Nintendo Switch and PC through Steam.
Released originally in Japan in August of 1996 and in North America in June of 1997, Harvest Moon for the SNES.
Players will begin the game after their ship is hit by a monsoon and is ship wrecked where you’ll awake on the shore of a small harbour town in complete ruin from the storm. You, as the player, will be able to help rebuild the town by doing what you do best in Harvest Moon! Growing and harvesting crops, tending livestock, gathering materials to help repair stuff, make friends, start a family, and in the end save the town.
Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume had this to say regarding the new game announcement:
“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. 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!”
Light of Hope will also be playable at this year’s E3 in the South Hall, Booth 2047 in June.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, Natsume also announced re-releases 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 WiiU. Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers was also announced from Rising Star Games, in cooperation with Natsume as their first ever game for smart devices.
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