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The Harvest Moon series went through a shakeup a few years ago. Marvelous took back ownership of the franchise – known as Bokujo Monogatari in Japan – and had XSEED publish future releases under the Story of Seasons name. Meanwhile, Natsume began to develop its own games under the original Harvest Moon title.

In an interview with GamesIndustry, Natsume CEO Hiro Maekawa reflected on the situation, calling it “a big surprise” and “really scary”. He said:

“That was a big surprise to us, especially to me. It was a really scary thing to me because we’d spent time and effort to establish a no-name farming simulation game to become one of the best-known farming simulation games for the entire family. We had tons of loyal Harvest Moon fans, but we couldn’t simply say to those loyal fans that there’s no Harvest Moon in the future. Fortunately, we learned and accumulated lots of know-how as to what Harvest Moon fans like and what makes them happy by localizing and publishing Harvest Moon games for the past 16 years, so we took that goodbye as a good opportunity for us, based upon our own experience, to take this franchise to the next step so we could continue to make all Harvest Moon fans very happy.”

Harvest Moon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Way back in June 1997, the first game in the series was released.

Fans can look forward to some Harvest Moon news beginning next month. Also, Natsume will be making some announcements about other titles for 2017 “in the coming weeks and months.”


Harvest Moon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. In an annual note from Natsume president Hiro Maekawa, it was teased that “a few surprises” are in store for the occasion.

Harvest Moon: Skytree Village ended up on 3DS towards the end of last year. Maekawa says the game performed “extremely well” from a physical and digital standpoint.

River City: Tokyo Rumble also came out for 3DS last year. “Fans have been extremely appreciative to us for bringing back this cult classic, and hopefully we will be able to do more in the future,” Maekawa mentioned.

You can read Maekawa’s full message here.

Yasuhiro Wada is the creator of Harvest Moon (Bokuj? Monogatari / Story of Seasons, separate from Natsume’s recent games), and worked on the series for nearly twenty games. Now though, he’s at his own company Toybox and is working on other projects.

GameSpot spoke with Wada recently, and asked if he’s yearning to return to the series in any way. Simply put: he’s not. While Wada is “curious as to how it’s going to do from here on out”, he doesn’t “feel the need to get involved with the series anymore.”

Wada’s words in full:

“Not. At. All. [Laughs] I see Harvest Moon more as my child now; it’s all grown up. It’s married, it started a family, and it’s doing its own thing now. I’m curious as to how it’s going to do from here on out, but I don’t feel the need to get involved with the series anymore.”


In an article in this week’s Famitsu, a new partnership between PoPoLoCrois and Harvest Moon was announced.

PoPoLoCrois was a very popular manga series in Japan, and with this new partnership we will see a combination of two worlds which will be titled PoPoLoCrois Farm Story. The game will include many characters from the PoPoLoCrois series, and will see the return of protagonist Prince Pietro.

More information should be leaking out over the next few days.


At the moment, Natsume doesn’t have any news to share regarding Harvest Moon for Wii U.

Community manager “CeeCee” recently responded to a number of requests for the series to appear on new consoles, most of which specifically mentioned Nintendo’s system. Sadly though, Natsume has “nothing to announce.”

CeeCee’s comments in full:

Unfortunately, there is nothing to announce at this time. The development of games on any specific consoles is very dependent on the install base of that console. The larger the install base, the better chance a unique game like Harvest Moon will do. Thus, we are always watching how each and every console is doing, and waiting for the right opportunity.


A few new screenshots and details have come in for Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land. Famitsu published the report, and Siliconera translated the information. Read on below for the roundup of new content.

– Can swim in the game
– More interior decorating options
– Most of the item creating and crafting will be similar to previous entries
– Collect resources to create new objects
– Can go further than just adjusting the wall paper and floors
– Can create furniture such as cabinets and more
– This is in addition to adjusting the interior decoration of your home
– More customization options for character creation
– Similar choices from Harvest Moon: A New Beginning
– New optional accessories like hats and glasses


Marvelous AQL has shared new details about Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land. This time around, we learn more about the protagonists and potential life-partners included in the game. You can find an information roundup with new images below.

Protagonist (Male)

– Loves being outdoors
– Grew up playing by beaches and mountains
– Showed an interest in doing work as a rancher
– Moved into Oak Town
– First time taking care of crops and handling animals
– Curious young man who’s always eager to learn more

Protagonist (Female)

– New resident in Oak Town
– Interested in doing work as a rancher as well
– Kind-hearted
– Loves taking care of animals and raising crops
– No matter how difficult a task, the pure-hearted young girl will always do her best with the brightest of smiles


– One of the marriage candidates
– Weather forecaster
– Energetic personality
– Loves children
– Also works as a sing-along lady for a children’s program
– Cares for her younger sister and spends time with the elderly on her days off
– Popular woman in Oak Town
– Brings smiles wherever she goes


– Another marriage candidate
– Young man who works as a chef at the restaurant
– Busybody who acts upon his impulses
– Confident in his culinary skills
– Dashing good looks and easy-going personality
– Often surrounded by other ladies
– For this reason, he may come off as one who likes to fool around, but he’s actually quite the serious person, deep down

Another note: Consumers who pick up a first print copy of Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land will receive a special Angora Rabbit charm strap.


The official Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land website was recently updated. Along with new screenshots, a few bits of extra information were posted.

Here’s the latest on the game:

– Other people in the village run their own crops and more
– The other ranchers will be considered your seniors in the farming world
– They will sometimes help you, and will sometimes need your help as well
– Elize: wonders how others mange with such small houses
– Edda: gives words of encouragement to the new rancher
– Fritz: wonders if he should let someone else borrow one of his crops
– Veronica: kicks off the Summer Chicken Festival
– Catch insects and interact with animals by visiting the mountain
– Other activities to do around rivers
– Swim to catch fish and find items under water


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