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Natsume comments on the public reaction to Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope has caused quite a stir with fans of the franchise, and not in a good way. Reaction to the game has been quite negative so far, and it all seems to stem from the game's visuals. Many find them to be lackluster and unpleasing to the eye. Natsume has heard these complaints, and vice president of operations Graeme Markay has commented on the reaction.

"To each their own, but for us, it's the feeling. Harvest Moon has never been about graphics. Fundamentally, it's never been about a function, feature, character, or artstyle. It's always been about that simplistic message that hard work gets rewarded.
...We listen to everyone's feedback because that's the reason why the genre has grown. You take what's popular in the series, and you try and evolve it at the same time."

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope - PC launch trailer

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope! The game encompasses twenty years of the spirit that have made the franchise what it is today!

Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life! Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift into a small harbor town, now in a shambles from the storm, where a young doctor named Jeanne saves your life. The town has essentially been deserted, but you're never one to back down from a challenge! It will be up to you 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, you will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town, your new home!

• Collect important materials to rebuild the town and restore the lighthouse!
• Complete requests from villagers to unlock new areas and items!
• New and unique festivals, including the Dog Racing Festival!
• Learn to grow and mutate crops with user friendly UI and tutorials!
• Play as a boy or a girl, get married, and start a family!

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope - a few more screens

In celebration of Harvest Moon's 20th Anniversary comes an all new Harvest Moon title for Steam! Harvest Moon: Light of Hope! The game encompasses twenty years of the spirit that have made the franchise what it is today!

Check out more screens here

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns+ - Japanese preorder bonuses revealed

Various retailer preorder bonuses for Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns+ have been revealed. There's the usual collection of stickers, clear files, and more. Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns+ comes out Dec. 14th, 2017 in Japan. Check out more goodies here.

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.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope - Natsume internal Q&A

QUESTION: What is the story for Light of Hope?

As the main character, you set off on a ship one day to look for new adventures! However, your ship is suddenly hit by a storm, and you wash up on a (mostly) deserted island! Luckily, the doctor there, Jeanne, rescues you, and gives you the lowdown on what’s happening in Beacon Town, your new home. It turns out the lighthouse there used to shine so bright, it could be seen for miles. But all the recent storms have wrecked the lighthouse, the people’s homes, and the land. Most of the townspeople have left, but with your help, there might be a way to lure them back…

QUESTION. How many bachelorette and bachelor choices will there be?

There will be 5 bachelors and 5 bachelorettes! Each one has a unique and interesting personality!

Full interview here

Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns + - gameplay info

- takes place in two different villages: Bluebell and Konohona
- at the beginning, you have to chose in which one you want to live
- the former is focused on animals, while the latter is focused on crops
- you will need to regularly visit both villages, no matter which one you end up choosing

Bluebell: a village where many animals (cows, sheep, etc.), can be found. You can get various products from them, such as milk, eggs, cheese, and more. You can also get wool from sheep and alpaca.

Konohona: a village where various crops can be grown: radish, cabbage, lettuce, and more. As expected, the kind of crops that grow depends on the season.

- even if you choose to live in Bluebell, you will be able to grow crops
- if you choose Konohona, you will also be able to raise animals
- there’s also mountains for you to explore
- you can go down the mountain path on a skateboard, use a zipline to cross gaps, pick mushrooms, meet wild animals & more
- talk with the various villagers, and even offer them presents
- some of them are marriage candidates, and when you’ve become close enough, you can marry them and have children
- events such as festivals and contests: fashion, cooking, fishing, seasonal festivals and more
- StreetPass allows you to trade items with players you meet, which get delivered to your farm