Well, this is interesting, and maybe a bit awkward. Only days after XSEED and Marvelous Interactive announced that Story of Seasons is coming to America, Natsume unveils the brand new Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. Natsume plans to reinvent their stalwart (and adorable) farm sim series with this new 3DS exclusive, adding a ton of customizable options to the point where you can even change the terrain of your fields.
This is a bit odd considering the previous Harvest Moon game, Story of Seasons, is getting localized to American without the Harvest Moon moniker. XSEED owns the rights to publish the game but not the Harvest Moon IP, which is owned by Natsume. It's not hard to speculate that both companies might be competing with each other's farm sims this holiday. Competition is always a good thing in the game industry, but if this really is the battle of adorable farming, the circumstances that led up to it are unusual indeed.
NATSUME REVEALS NEW HARVEST MOON TITLE
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Evolves the Franchise!
Burlingame, CA. – June 3, 2014 -- Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, is proud to announce that the next title in the farming-RPG Harvest Moon series, Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, will be launching on the Nintendo 3DS later this year. The game will make its public debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo next week in Los Angeles (South Hall, Booth 615).
“Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is truly evolving the franchise. Hardcore fans will love it, players who haven't played a Harvest Moon game in a while will want to try it out, and new players will be introduced to the unique and charming world that is Harvest Moon,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. “But the incredibly exciting thing that really elevates the game is that while it does get back to what everyone loves about the early games, it also innovates in a way that no Harvest Moon game ever has.”
In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, players will experience the role-playing farm simulation in a three-dimensional setting for the first time. The game has a fully customizable world, and players can customize their field in any way they see fit: from a field full of tulips like you might see in Holland, to a valley filled with water like Venice, the choice is up to you. You've never played a Harvest Moon game quite like this!