Harvest Moon fans, the wait is over: there will finally be a Harvest Moon game on PC!
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be out on Steam on November 14, and then will be released for the Nintendo Switch in early 2018. A PS4 release was also alluded to in Natsume’s first tweet about the game back in May.
The Steam trailer shows off the newest versions of Harvest Moon standards: animal care, planting and harvesting, heart events, exploration, fishing, festivals, and character interaction. It is a clip show for longtime fans of the series who will automatically recognize familiar situations, though the general gist of the game is there for curious series newcomers.
The backstory to Light of Hope actually sounds fairly similar to 2008’s Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility. In both, a character vacationing on a boat is caught in a monsoon. They end up on a harbor town that’s down on its luck. In the case of Light of Hope, the player is expected to rebuild the town that was also damaged by the monsoon, and eventually rejuvenate the town’s crowning feature, a lighthouse. Along the way, the player will have the chance to make friends and make a love connection.
The aesthetics of the new game are meant to recall a simpler, SNES style, in honor of the series’ twentieth anniversary, although Harvest Moon games produced after 2013 are considered, by some fans, to be Harvest Moon games in name only. The original developmental team of the Harvest Moon games split with Natsume in 2013, and moved on to create the similar farming sim Story of Seasons games. (This is why Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns also has a twentieth anniversary badge, even though the Story of Seasons name has only been attached to three games, all released after 2014.) The Harvest Moon games released prior to 2014 are actually considered a part of the Story of Seasons franchise now.
Natsume has also teased that there will be some familiar faces from previous Harvest Moon games. There doesn’t seem to be any information available on whose faces yet, but it’s an enticing prospect, especially if some of the returning NPCs are some of the old bachelors and bachelorettes.
You can watch the Steam trailer for Light of Hope below.
The game will be priced at $30 on Steam. Presumably the price for the Switch and PS4 versions will be in the same ballpark.