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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope

Update: Bumped to the top. We have some additional details from a Natsume press release.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope “has some brand new features only available on the console versions.” Natsume CEO Hiro Maekawa is also teasing “special bonuses to go along with the game.” Finally, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will cost $39.99 / €39.99.

Original: Natsume has finally provided an update on the release of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope on Switch. Today, the company announced that the game will be coming to Nintendo’s console as “Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition”.

For the time being, Natsume is keeping quiet on the specifics regarding what makes the console version a “Special Edition”. We’ll be hearing more soon.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope arrives on Switch in May. Rising Star Games will handle publishing duties in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.


If there’s one thing Harvest Moon fans have been critical of with Light of Hope, it’d be the graphics. The game doesn’t quite have a 3D look. At the same time, it doesn’t have 2D art either.

Natsume vice president of operations Graham Markay commented on Harvest Moon: Light of Hope’s graphics in an interview with PC Gamer. He noted that “Harvest Moon has never been about graphics,” and the series instead relays the message “that hard work gets rewarded.”

Natsume has produced a new Harvest Moon: Light of Hope trailer to promote the game’s initial launch. On Switch, the game is scheduled for early 2018. View today’s video below.

Natsume posted the third “Feature Spotlight” video for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope this week. It goes over the bachelors and bachelorettes, gift giving, and festivals.

Here’s the video:

Natsume has announced that the Switch version of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope is planned for early 2018 on Switch. The game will cost $30 on Steam, so we’re expecting a somewhat similar price on Nintendo’s console. Also, a physical version is once again confirmed.

Find some additional information about Harvest Moon: Light of Hope below. We have new screenshots in the gallery as well.

Natsume is back with the next part of its official Q&A for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. Topics covered in the latest entry pertain to the overhead perspective, villager animations, bringing back characters from Skytree Village, and the innovative features being implemented.

Read the latest Q&A responses below. You can find the previous two entries here.

Natsume published the first Q&A for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope last week. Yesterday, a new wave of fan questions were answered.

The Q&A confirms some interesting information, including news about the game’s release. Development is said to be “moving along very well,” and it’s scheduled for the end of this winter. A physical version is also officially confirmed.

Here’s the latest Q&A in full:

Natsume recently took some questions from fans about Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. The first portion of the company’s responses have now been posted.

For the first entry, Natsume talks about the story, number of bachelors / bachelorettes, heart / friendship events, and town development. Read up on the full comments below.

Natsume has prepared the second “Feature Spotlight” video for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. This time, we hear about the farming enhancements, and more specifically, Farming Friend.

Here’s the video:

And some background information:

Today, I’d like to focus on the farming enhancements coming in Light of Hope. As you can see from the video, we’re focusing on speeding up gameplay, with the ability to till, sow, and water your crops faster than ever!

But the big exciting feature we’d like to focus on is your Farming Friend! What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s an icon that will appear after you sow, water, or fertilize your crops to let you know if you’re raising them at their full potential!

And that’s not all! One of the best things about your Farming Friend is that after you’ve harvested a crop, your Farming Friend will now display exactly what crop you’ll be harvesting! No more guessing in case you forgot exactly where you planted what crops. And what’s more, if your Farming Friend displays a question mark over a crop you’ve already harvested, like a strawberry, you’ll know that you’ve succeeded in producing a MUTATED crop! Awesome!

In short, your Farming Friend is designed to make Harvest Moon: Light of Hope more user friendly and fun to play.
We hope the Spotlight Feature video sheds a little more “light” on this exciting new change to farming, and we look forward to seeing you again in our next Spotlight Feature segment!


Natsume is kicking off a new Harvest Moon: Light of Hope video series today focusing on the game’s various features. The first entry introduces the rebuilding aspect.

Here’s the video:

And some background information:

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