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Harvest Moon Creator's Next Game is a Cafe Management and Dragon Raising Sim

Yasuhiro Wada takes the simulation genre to another cute level.

News by Caty McCarthy, .

Harvest Moon is a game that's come to be widely adored across generations. It's inspired dozens of other hits too, like Stardew Valley, which goes a step beyond its quaint farming simulation life. The series' original designer, Yasuhiro Wada, has ventured beyond the core series in the years since its heyday. Most recently he departed from the genre he helped form for the experimental ecosystem simulator Birthdays the Beginning. Wada's next game looks to continue in that career trajectory of pleasantness.

Wow, these twins are just a couple steps away from being Targaryens! All they need is incest and blonde hair.

Wada's next game, in collaboration with Aksys Games, is entitled Little Dragons Café. The game is in development for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, and has no gameplay footage available yet. The game's premise is an endearing one: in the game, you play as two twins who are running a local café, when suddenly they're saddled with raising a little dragon—which doubly is the only way they can awake their mother who has fallen into a seemingly-eternal slumber. Sounds like just any other Monday, am I right?

The game will be a blend of many sorts of simulations, which is Wada's bread and butter in game design. Players will juggle caring for their dragon, managing their own café, growing their own produce, going fishing, learning recipes, as well as feeding and helping everyone in town. Sounds like a lot of work for two kids who are becoming makeshift dragon-parents themselves.

Despite no glance at the game itself yet beyond a logo and character art, according to the publisher it's been in development for two years already, and is aiming for a release this summer. A port of Wada's last game Birthdays the Beginnings, which initially released last year on PS4 and PC, will be released on the Switch this summer too.

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  • Avatar for MetManMas #1 MetManMas 8 months ago
    Nice! I was hoping Birthdays the Beginning would see a Switch port! Really, it's the kinda game that's a better fit for a handheld than it is the consoles it ended up on.
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  • Avatar for DogNozzle #2 DogNozzle 8 months ago
    can the dragon help out in the cafe
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  • Avatar for moochan #3 moochan 8 months ago
    Happy Wada is able to do pretty much whatever he feels like it. Hate the weird split between Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons which is giving people weird confusions on that. So just giving him different projects for him to work on sounds wonderful. Only touched a bit of Birthdays the Beginning and it's weird in a way I was hoping for. Not a great game but rather have weird experiences now and there and Wada seem to be great at that. So I'll be looking into this.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #4 MetManMas 8 months ago
    @moochan I like Birthdays the Beginning, but I really think it needs to be much more thorough on how temperature works and exactly how the landmass size and water depth have effects on that. I had a lot of trouble meeting the last lifeform quota in Chapter 1 because I couldn't get the land temperature right.
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