Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town has officially announced a release date. Players will be able to revisit the quaint farming town of Mineral Town on July 14th.
Story of Seasons, not to be confused with the new Harvest Moon games, is a farming simulator and the granddaddy to games like Stardew Valley. In these games, you move onto a run-down farm and fix it up by growing crops, raising livestock, and more. The games also let you explore the town and surrounding areas, make friends with the townsfolk, and even get married. These features may seem par for the course now, but in this game's original PlayStation release as Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, these features were big ones. This version of the game will also have new features, such as the ability to choose between four farmers to play as.
Any talk about Story of Seasons wouldn't be complete without a quick discussion on the history of the series' name. Back in 1996, the series began on the SNES as Harvest Moon, published/translated by Natsume and developed by what's now called Marvelous Inc.
The two companies made more of these games over the years until 2014 when Marvelous Inc. announced that their next game would be localized by their American publishing brand XSeed Games under the title Story of Seasons. Meanwhile, Natsume kept the rights to the Harvest Moon name and went on to make a few of their own Harvest Moon games, starting with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. As for Story of Seasons, they've also developed some of their own games, including their most recent one with featured a crossover with the famous Japanese anime/manga character Doraemon.
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is releasing July 14th on PC via Steam, and July 10th on Nintendo Switch.