No official date yet, but hopefully we'll see this one in first quarter. Nice to have another Harvest Moon on the way to a Nintendo platform, and even better that a physical option will be there.
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns+ is available now in Japan. We haven't heard any talk of localization at this time. If that info comes through, we'll be sure to share.
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! 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!
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.