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."