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Farming fantasy – Harvest Moon: Light of Hope comes to PC next month, consoles to follow

Bring out your pitchforks (for hay, silly!) as Natsume announced that Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will be released on November 14 for PC via Steam. The title celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Harvest Moon series, and will be followed by versions for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 next year.

In Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, players 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 harbor town, now in a 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 crops, tending livestock, and gathering 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 such as repairing, which enables the player to repair destroyed homes and unlock new shops, characters, farming tools, and farming land. The Farming Friend is another new addition, which helps players grow abundant crops. The game also introduces a retro plus feel, with classic SNES inspired graphics alongside some modern features in honor of the 20th anniversary. And in addition to these new features will be some familiar faces from previous Harvest Moon titles.

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 year’s end. Fifteen winners will receive special Natsume goodies as prizes. To learn more, visit HERE.

In the wake of Stardew Valley and Farming Simulator, it’ll be refreshing to see what one of the original players of the genre has in store. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will retail at $29.99 for PC on November 14, with Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 releases next year. Stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.

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