Natsume and Rising Star Games have announced a new entry in the Harvest Moon franchise that will release for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Titled Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, the new game will have a style that harkens back to the series’ Super Nintendo roots and feature a “robust story and clear-cut goals.”
Light of Hope puts you in the shoes of a character whose ship is struck by a monsoon during a voyage. After drifting to a small harbor town that was hit by the storm, it will be up to you to help rebuild the town and revive its lighthouse by tending livestock, gathering materials, growing crops, and more. Those attending E3 2017 will be able to play the game on Nintendo Switch and PC at Natsume’s booth.
“Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth,” Natsume president and CEO Hiro Maekawa said. “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!”
In celebration of the series’ 20th anniversary this year, Natsume will re-release Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland for PS4, as well as Harvest Moon 64 for Wii U. For our thoughts on the Nintendo 64 classic, read IGN’s Harvest Moon 64 review.
Light of Hope isn’t the only new entry in Natsume’s farming simulator series, as last year brought with it the release of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village for Nintendo 3DS.
Meanwhile, the veteran team behind the Harvest Moon series has continued the franchise under a new name. Read IGN’s Story of Seasons review to find out why, “despite the difference in its name, Story of Seasons is very much a Harvest Moon game in spirit.” While you’re at it, check out our review of Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns to find out what we thought of the recently released follow-up.