New ‘Harvest Moon’ Game Gets Release Date

The popular farm and life simulation franchise Harvest Moon is getting a new addition to the series. Gamers can expect Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley to release on the Nintendo 3DS on November 4. It will cost $30.

Unfortunately, the late 2014 Harvest Moon release date only applies to North America. Europe will be getting The Lost Valley sometime next year. An announcement about a European publisher for the new Harvest Moon game will be released on a later date.

According to IGN, the developer Natsume made the official announcement on their Twitter feed, and asked fans to spread the word about the release date. Natsume is developing the new Harvest Moon game internally, since the original developers are currently tied up working with XSEED on another North American Harvest Moon title called Story of Seasons.

A trailer for Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley has been released, revealing that the goal of the player this time will be to help restore the four seasons to the Lost Valley. You can see the Harvest Moon promotional video below.

The Harvest Moon story begins with the main character hiking in the mountains when a snow storm hits, forcing him or her to find shelter with the help of a Harvest Sprite buried under the snow. The sprite informs the player that all of the seasons except winter have mysteriously vanished, and he or she must work with the help of other sprites, the Harvest Goddess, and even the King of the Underworld to restore them.

Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley screen cap

According to Siliconera, this Harvest Moon title differs slightly from past games. In typical Harvest Moon games, the player must raise crops and livestock on a farm while living a simple life in a village, sometimes romancing local citizens if you choose, and even getting married. But Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley takes it a step further, allowing players to create their own world in the style of Minecraft before diving into the farming and living. Players will also have the option of picking a male or female character, a recent feature to the Harvest Moon franchise that the earlier titles didn’t have.

Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley screen cap

What do you think about Harvest Moon 3D: The Lost Valley? Will you be picking the game up when it releases this November?

Natsume recently celebrated their 15th year of Harvest Moon games in 2012. Here’s hoping they keep the Harvest Moon titles coming.

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