Farming-focused simulation games have seen a boost in popularity thanks to the likes of Stardew Valley. But this year, Harvest Moon is back with a new game, and it's looking to dive further into unexplored potential for the series.
Harvest Moon: One World is set for later in fall 2020. Farmers will still grow farms while chatting with villagers and tackling challenges. This new game will have a new engine however, with new graphics that aren't being shown quite yet.
One major area that's been highlighted for One World, though, is exploration. Set in a world without crops like strawberries or cabbage, players will have just a book to remind them of what farming means. They'll soon set out on an adventure to explore both their hometown and the world at large, including beaches and mountains.
It sounds familiar to Dragon Quest Builders, the Minecraft-alike Dragon Quest series where the player is the sole remaining builder, spreading the good news of construction across the land. It's a bit odd that everyone in the world suddenly forgot what a tomato is—I have at least a few questions about their diet—but it's interesting to see Harvest Moon trying new things.
Several games, but especially Stardew Valley, have brought new life and new players to the farm-life genre. While there have been several remakes of classics like Friends of Mineral Town, a new Harvest Moon is a major step forward.
We're not seeing much of it right now, but it'll be interesting to see what Natsume has in store for the venerated farming sim series. Harvest Moon: One World is coming to Nintendo Switch later this year.