Harvest Moon becomes Story of Seasons in America

by: Sean Colleli -

Well this is interesting. Earlier this year Japan got Harvest Moon: Story of Seasons exclusively for 3DS. Thankfully the game is still coming to the States, but some issues have made it a Harvest Moon game in everything but name. A publisher switch to XSEED Games necessitated that the game drop its Harvest Moon franchise moniker, as XSEED doesn't own that IP--Natsume does.

That said, Story of Seasons is as Harvest Moon as you can get. You still rebuild a farm, foster friendships and relationships with local townspeople, grow crops and raise animals. The game was even developed with longtime Harvest Moon producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto. In a way, this all comes full circle. Harvest Moon is a name given to the franchise in Western countries--it's been known as Farm Story in Japan since the beginning--so as long as we get the same quirky, niche farm sim experience, I say all's well that ends well.





XSEED Games Tells a STORY OF SEASONS on Nintendo 3DS



A new beginning for the Bokujo Monogatari franchise from the series?? seasoned development team brings farm and life simulation to Nintendo 3DS



Torrance, Calif., (May 28, 2014) ?? XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today confirmed STORY OF SEASONS will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in North America this winter. Developed by the veteran team behind the fan-favorite Bokujo Monogatari series and headed by longtime lead producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, STORY OF SEASONS represents a new beginning for the beloved series which has seen dozens of entries and sold close to ten million copies worldwide.



??Story of Seasons represents a new chapter in our amazing tale,?? said Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Head of Development at MarvelousAQL. ??We are creating a new experience that will carry on the spirit of Bokujo Monogatari, and in doing so, will fulfill our loyal fans?? expectations and desires while ushering in a new generation of games to come.??



Released under the title Bokujo Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shintenchi in Japan earlier this year, which literally translates as Farm Story: Connect to a New World, STORY OF SEASONS carries on the iconic life simulation and farming RPG gameplay made famous through the Bokujo Monogatari series?? 18-year history while infusing new and exciting features into the experience, marking a key milestone for the franchise. Fans will appreciate the evolution seen in STORY OF SEASONS as the game retains its signature style while adapting and strengthening its offerings through the formation of this new IP.



Players will create a fully customizable character, selecting gender, hair style and facial features as desired. They will then take on their role as the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms ?? from livestock and seeds to décor and layout ?? granting total freedom to shape their homestead as they wish and fit virtually any play style.



In STORY OF SEASONS, traditional farm-building mechanics are combined with all-new multiplayer and StreetPass connectivity, granting players the ability to tour one another??s farms, cultivate crops together and even exchange gifts. Further adding to the roster of new elements, STORY OF SEASONS has decorative items available from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, including Super Mushroom, Fire Flower and Super Star.



Developed in Japan by MarvelousAQL, STORY OF SEASONS will be published in North America by XSEED Games, and will be released in winter exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. STORY OF SEASONS will make its US debut at the E3 2014 expo in XSEED Games?? West Hall booth #5436.



For more information on XSEED Games products, please visit www.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook at www.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames.


About Marvelous USA:

Marvelous USA, Inc. is the US-based publishing operation of MarvelousAQL Inc. XSEED Games, its brand for unique and innovative console, PC and handheld games, has been in operation since 2004, publishing over 50 compelling titles from Japan. Marvelous USA is a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based MarvelousAQL Inc., a publicly-traded company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. More information on Marvelous USA can be found at www.marvelous-usa.com, and more information on XSEED Games can be found at http://www.xseedgames.com.



XSEED Games Tells a STORY OF SEASONS on Nintendo 3DS



A new beginning for the Bokujo Monogatari franchise from the series?? seasoned development team brings farm and life simulation to Nintendo 3DS



Torrance, Calif., (May 28, 2014) ?? XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today confirmed STORY OF SEASONS will be released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in North America this winter. Developed by the veteran team behind the fan-favorite Bokujo Monogatari series and headed by longtime lead producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, STORY OF SEASONS represents a new beginning for the beloved series which has seen dozens of entries and sold close to ten million copies worldwide.



??Story of Seasons represents a new chapter in our amazing tale,?? said Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Head of Development at MarvelousAQL. ??We are creating a new experience that will carry on the spirit of Bokujo Monogatari, and in doing so, will fulfill our loyal fans?? expectations and desires while ushering in a new generation of games to come.??



Released under the title Bokujo Monogatari: Tsunagaru Shintenchi in Japan earlier this year, which literally translates as Farm Story: Connect to a New World, STORY OF SEASONS carries on the iconic life simulation and farming RPG gameplay made famous through the Bokujo Monogatari series?? 18-year history while infusing new and exciting features into the experience, marking a key milestone for the franchise. Fans will appreciate the evolution seen in STORY OF SEASONS as the game retains its signature style while adapting and strengthening its offerings through the formation of this new IP.



Players will create a fully customizable character, selecting gender, hair style and facial features as desired. They will then take on their role as the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms ?? from livestock and seeds to décor and layout ?? granting total freedom to shape their homestead as they wish and fit virtually any play style.



In STORY OF SEASONS, traditional farm-building mechanics are combined with all-new multiplayer and StreetPass connectivity, granting players the ability to tour one another??s farms, cultivate crops together and even exchange gifts. Further adding to the roster of new elements, STORY OF SEASONS has decorative items available from the Super Mario Bros. franchise, including Super Mushroom, Fire Flower and Super Star.



Developed in Japan by MarvelousAQL, STORY OF SEASONS will be published in North America by XSEED Games, and will be released in winter exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. STORY OF SEASONS will make its US debut at the E3 2014 expo in XSEED Games?? West Hall booth #5436.



For more information on XSEED Games products, please visit www.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook at www.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames.




About Marvelous USA:

Marvelous USA, Inc. is the US-based publishing operation of MarvelousAQL Inc. XSEED Games, its brand for unique and innovative console, PC and handheld games, has been in operation since 2004, publishing over 50 compelling titles from Japan. Marvelous USA is a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based MarvelousAQL Inc., a publicly-traded company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. More information on Marvelous USA can be found at www.marvelous-usa.com, and more information on XSEED Games can be found at http://www.xseedgames.com.
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