Newest Harvest Moon Will Be Localized

There’s been an update on the latest Harvest Moon title, which is sure to both delight and sadden fans of the series, for a variety of reasons. The game, Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land, is going to be localized by XSeed for North American 3DS owners—but it will have to receive a new title, and will no longer be sold under the Harvest Moon series name.

The new title, Story of Seasons, will continue the beloved game style of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, where players get to grow crops, care for animals, and build their town into a busy city. The game has a bit of a Mario crossover, as players are able to grow Fire Flowers and Super Mushrooms on the farm.

Previously, XSeed was responsible for localizing Rune Factory 4 for North America, which was very well received. The change in name for Harvest Moon is due to intellectual property rights for the name being owned by Natsume, which localized a good number of previous Harvest Moon and Rune Factory games. Why the change in developer to localize? Well, that’s another story entirely.

Harvest Moon fans may be a little miffed by the name change, but at least they can rest assured that the gameplay and heart of the series has not changed. We don’t have a release date for this one yet, but we’ll let you know when it’s announced.


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