Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Comes to Switch in early 2018

Burlingame, CA. – October 25, 2017 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video today announced that Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will launch on Steam on November 14th, 2017 for $29.99 USD. This is the first time the Harvest Moon brand will be available on PC. The Steam version launches ahead of the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions, which are coming in early 2018 (both Digital and Physical). See the game on Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/585900/Harvest_Moon_Light_of_Hope/

"Due to the hard work of our team, development for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope for PC ran ahead of schedule, allowing us to release the game early to PC players," said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "We have enjoyed creating an all-new game that honors 20 years of Harvest Moon, and what's more, the franchise will finally be available for the first time on PC, something fans have long asked for!"

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 includes new features such as repairing, which enables the player to repair destroyed homes and unlock new shops, characters, farming tools, and farming land. The Farming Friend is another new addition, which helps players grow abundant crops. The game also introduces a retro plus feel, with classic SNES inspired graphics alongside some modern features in honor of the 20th anniversary. And in addition to these new features will be some familiar faces from previous Harvest Moon titles.

In celebration of Harvest Moon's 20th anniversary, Natsume is holding a Drawing Contest on Facebook. Fans are encouraged to draw and submit their favorite Harvest Moon characters and animals before the year's end. Fifteen winners will receive special Natsume goodies as prizes. To learn more, visit HERE.


They're ripping off Stardew Valley!

Are you serious? Stardew Valley is 100% (and admitted by the developer) a rip off of Harvest Moon albeit a better ripoff than the source material.

I know your post is in jest, but I read an interesting interview in Edge with the sole creator of Stardew Valley (Eric Barone).

Stardew Valley was born out of love for Harvest Moon. When the latter drifted away from its origins over the years, Eric felt unsatisfied as no game really filled the same niche. He decided if no game would satisfy his needs, he'd make it himself. Originally a 'fan project' based round the classic tile-based Harvest Moon titles, the more Eric worked on the project (code & art), he improved and kept remaking the game from scratch again and again until he was satisfied. This process took over 4 years, and at the same time he ran a blog about the game which gained followers. Originally for his Harvest Moon fan game, Stardew Valley evolved into it's own thing. His most common critiques (and still are) were "this is just a Harvest Moon rip-off".

When the game neared completion, he was terrified of being Sued by Natsume because of the very similar nature of the mentioned titles. However, he actually met with the Harvest Moon director Yasuhiro Wada who gave his blessing, happy that someone wanted to carry a spiritual successor to the original Harvest Moon style.

So yeah, there's a reason why the game is similar. Judging from the popularity of Stardew Valley though, it certainly filled that niche it set out to.

And i'm just wondering what happened to Seeds of Memories on the Wii U. It was never officially cancelled after all.

Can't believe there are still people here who don't know this isn't the real Harvest Moon =/. Story of Seasons is the real "Harvest Moon", Natsume kept the naming rights which is why all their "Harvest Moon" titles have been bad.

Story of seasons isn’t great either to be honest. IMO Stardew is the best Harvest Moon game that has ever been.

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Meh, I still think the original is the best. I don't like the fact I always feel pressed for time in the new ones. The original had that nifty bug that made time stop at midnight, leaving me able to work at my rhythm...
Still haven't played Stardew Valley, but I get the feeling I'll just stress too much, fearing I'll miss something or won't have time to do everything.

Fair point. I think the early game could benefit from an ability to slow time at least.

Compared to what I have seen of Stardew, it is definitely better, but SoS it still an actual Harvest Moon game compared to whatever the heck Natsume is doing.

Wow this game looks like like something you'd play on facebook.... Why did Natsume with all it's north america publishing duties for Harvest Moon think they could really make their own quality harvest moon game? I Look forward to see what Marvelous is doing with the Story of Seasons game for Switch.

Harvest Moon is dead. This looks like the soulless husk of the series.

Because this is a cheap imitation made from Natsume. They kept the naming rights to Harvest Moon. Story of Seasons are the actual translated Harvest Moon games going forward.

Yeah no offense to the late & great Harvest Moon...but you're a little late to the party. Stardew already claimed the throne till Animal Crossing drops 2018.


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