The Harvest Moon series turns 20 this year, and to celebrate Natsume is bringing the latest game to two platforms that it’s never been on before. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will arrive on PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, marking a first for the series on Switch and Steam.
“In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings,” reads the announcement. “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!”
The Harvest Moon series has been a longtime favorite, offering a unique life simulator style experience. It’s seen some competition as of late though, with Stardew Valley and the Story of Seasons series, which essentially spun off from the main franchise. According to Natsume’s CEO, this latest entry will be something different.
“Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”
The Harvest Moon series is celebrating its 20th anniversary in a number of ways, including the release of Harvest Moon 64 for the Wii U Virtual Console as well as Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for PS4.