It's been a pretty good year for Xseed — Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town has become Xseed's fastest-selling game with over 200,000 copies sold for the Nintendo Switch since March 2021.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is the latest game in the franchise that continues the farming RPG adventures of Harvest Moon under a new name. The franchise has had a number of new releases in recent years, including a version of the game based on the classic Doraemon IP of all things. The success of the original Harvest Moon games (and spiritual successors such as Stardew Valley) shows that it's a winning formula, and now Xseed has some numbers to back it up.
This new game has moved more than 200,000 units in less than two months according to today's announcement. That's not too bad, but it's pretty impressive when you compare it with the previous release Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town which took five months to reach 200,000 sales. Since then, Friends of Mineral Town has moved another 50,000 copies on the Nintendo Switch in North America.
Story of Seasons Mobile Expands to New Platforms in China
Xseed's success with Story of Seasons is great to hear, but that's not the only thing that's been happening with the farming RPG franchise. Late last month, we learned that a mobile game was going to be revealed in China; now, we've got our first look at the game by way of a tweet from Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel "ZhugeEX" Ahmad.
The mobile game has been in the works since 2019; Asian developer Marvelous signed off on the project developed by Tencent's NExT studios. Tencent has had a 20% stake in Marvelous since 2020. Take a look at the Story of Seasons mobile game if you haven't seen it already!
Here is a first look at Story of Seasons Mobile which is developed by Tencent's NExT studios and authorised by Marvelous.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 16, 2021
Tencent acquired a 20% stake in Marvelous in 2020 and has been working on the game since 2019. pic.twitter.com/wc5JfwAD1v
Amusingly, some of the people in the Twitter replies are pointing out that the graphics look better in some aspects when compared to the Nintendo Switch version. Another common sentiment is a desire for the game to make its way to the West. We've certainly seen some Chinese mobile games get a release in the U.S. and Europe — most notably last year's release of Genshin Impact — but there are no guarantees that Western fans will actually get to play this game.
2021 is shaping up to be a pretty good year for Story of Seasons, whether you're playing it on your Nintendo Switch or elsewhere. You can buy Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town on Amazon or on the Nintendo eShop for $49.99 or your regional equivalent. You can also buy Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town on Amazon or the Nintendo eShop for slightly cheaper at $39.99.
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