Natsume is looking to bring the Harvest Moon franchise back to its roots with the next entry, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories. Just remember Natsume, no 3 x 3 squares of crops. Those didn’t work in the SNES days. Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories will be the first game in the series to launch for the Wii U and, surprisingly, the first game to launch for the PC as well.
Mobile ports will also be joining it, so I’m thinking we’ll be looking at some kind of interaction there.
“From the farm to the town, we wanted Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories to evoke the feeling of a classic Harvest Moon game with modern twists!” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume.
“We’re also excited to finally bring the Harvest Moon series to the Nintendo Wii U, PC, and mobile platforms, where fans have definitely told us they want to see the series.”
Leaning away from its poorly received Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley last year, which was inspired by Minecraft of all things, this new game will look to the magic of the older games to help create the sense of nostalgia which is important to the franchise. Creator Yasuhiro Wada has already moved on from the franchise for other ventures as well, so it will be a tall order to invoke the older games without his voice.
Our farmer will be tasked with revitalizing a farm, befriending a dog, raising horses and cows, fishing, gathering crops, and, of course, settling down and cranking out a few kids. Natsume also promises new twists like the addition of a new animal friend, a bobcat! That doesn’t sound too safe, but over time, the bobcat will slowly tame itself and become a guardian of the farm, moving away from its wild roots.
Best keep those chickens locked away at night!
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories will launch for the Wii U, PC, and mobile platforms this winter. Natsume states that it will be at E3, so be sure to look for it then.