Get ready to pick up the sickle and watering can again as Natsume Inc has announced it’s fifth Harvest Moon title, Skytree Village, for the Nintendo 3DS. The game will also be one of Natsume’s featured playable titles at their E3 booth. After their last 3DS game Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley and recently released title on mobile Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memory, President and CEO Hiro Maekawa claims that they really wanted to listen to their fans and make a great game for them:
“Our community is very important to us, and their feedback and input has been taken into account a great deal in the development of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village! We hope they will see and feel their contribution in this new game!” – Hiro Maekawa
Pulled from a press release about the game:
Times have changed in the land known as the Oasis of the Harvest Goddess. Many people used to live in Skytree Village, and the land was lush and green. However, the power of the Harvest Goddess gradually began to wane, and the land became parched and dry.
It’s up to you revive the seven Skytrees in order to give the Harvest Goddess her power back, and, in turn, bring life back to this desolate land!
Producer Taka Maekawa is excited to see how players react to their improvements to their title at E3 that will be played alongside Natsume’s other titles Wild Guns Reloaded and River City: Tokyo Rumble. Skytree Village is set to include user friendly tutorials for those new to the game series to make easier accessible to learn for new players.
“We’ve revisited each and every part of what makes a Harvest Moon game, and (we) are excited at the end result” -Taka Maekawa
Key Features that were mentioned are:
- Play as a boy or a girl, woo bachelorettes and bachelors, and start a family!
- Completely new story with tons of interesting new characters.
- New crops and flowers to discover.
- New fishing mechanics: expand waterways and catch rarer fish.
- A full town with many residents, each with their own personalities and quirks.
Will the new Harvest Moon have enough changes to keep older fans happy? How will this compare to the recently released sensation Stardew Valley? Let us know if you’re excited for this new title in our comments below!