Natsume Announces Harvest Moon: Light Of Hope For Nintendo Switch
The series celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new Nintendo Switch release.
Harvest Moon, the cute farming simulation series that appeals to gamers both old and young, is turning 20 years old in 2017, and publisher Natsume is marking the special occasion with a new 16-bit styled release called Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. To make this news even better, not only is the game set to return to the series' classic visual style, it's also going to be releasing for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and for the first time, Steam.
The new title understandably follows much the same storyline as the other games in the series, where a lone farmer is tasked with building a farm, restoring the town, and finding love. Here's the word straight from Natsume:
"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," the announcement press release from Natsume reveals. "[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."
Natsume has done other work for Harvest Moon's 20th anniversary: the company re-released Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life and Save the Homeland for PS4 in addition to re-releasing Harvest Moon 64 for the Wii U. All this is on top of their previously-announced child-oriented mobile game Harvest Moon: Lil' Farmers.
There's no specific word yet on when players can expect to get their hands on Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, but E3 2017 attendees will be able to head over to Natsume's booth to get a hands-on look at the game. Everyone else can check out the special retrospective Harvest Moon video showing all of the many Harvest Moon titles released through the years, featured above.
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