This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Harvest Moon, and what better way to celebrate than to finally bring the franchise to PC? Developer and Publisher Natsume Inc. has just announced the official release of Harvest Moon: Light of Hope which is scheduled for release on Steam this November 14th of 2017 for $29.99. The console releases for Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 versions will soon follow in early 2018, sometime after PC gamers have had a chance to enjoy the privilege of an early release.
“Due to the hard work of our team, development for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope for PC ran ahead of schedule, allowing us to release the game early to PC players. We have enjoyed creating an all-new game that honours 20 years of Harvest Moon, and what’s more, the franchise will finally be available for the first time on PC, something fans have long asked for!”
– Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume
In Light of Hope, players will begin the game as they set out looking for a fresh start and new surroundings. During their voyage, their ship is hit by a monsoon and goes down. As they drift into a small harbour town, now in shambles from the storm, it will be up to the player to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse… but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing materials for repairs, players will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse and save the town!
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope includes new features to help bring a new feel to the classic franchise. These include:
- Repairing: – Enabling players to repair destroyed homes and unlock new shops, characters, farming tools and farming land.
- Farming Friend: – helps players grow abundant crops.
- Retro plus feel: – classic SNES inspired graphics alongside some modern features in honour of the 20th Anniversary.
In addition to these new features will be some familiar faces from previous Harvest Moon titles to help stir up the nostalgia.
In celebration of Harvest Moon’s 20th Anniversary, Natsume is holding a Drawing Contest on Facebook. Fans are encouraged to draw and submit their favorite Harvest Moon characters and animals before the years end. Fifteen (15) winners will receive special Natsume goodies as prizes so don’t forget to visit the FB page.
Ask and ye shall receive. It only took about 2 decades but Harvest Moon fans finally get a PC playable game and we couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for updates as they become available.