Natsume on Tuesday announced Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, the newest game in the 20-year-old farming simulator series. The game will be released on PC (a first for the series), PS4, and the Nintendo Switch.
The press release hints at a slightly revised take on the series' standard formula:
“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!”
Hopefully this new angle can breathe some life into the series, but really, Stardew Valley refined the farming genre to near perfection, so maybe just play that? If Stardew Valley isn't your thing, the team behind the classic Harvest Moon games have continued the series under a new name-- Story of Seasons.
“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!”
The game will be shown in more detail at next month's E3.