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Rune Factory is the new Harvest Moon. That’s what I was told, anyways – and thus, I grabbed Rune Factory 4 and have been tearing through the game ever since. I never did play Harvest Moon before it went on two year hiatus, but it looks like I may soon get the chance after all as in this week’s Famitsu, series developer Marvelous Aql revealed that a new game in the farming series is coming to 3Ds, and is on track for a February release.
Now, before I go any further, it should be noted that this is not the same as the Harvest Moon “spiritual successor” that is being made by the series’ original creator Yasuhiro Wada. That game is called Hometown Story, and is due out on the 3Ds (because where else are good games even released?) just twelve days from now. Marvelous Aql’s game is completely »
- Griffin Vacheron
By Miguel Concepcion
Yasuhiro Wada's 'Hometown Story' feels very much like a homecoming. As the creator of the original 'Harvest Moon', Wada-san was instrumental in spawning a franchise that has over 30 games to date (that's including spin-offs). Of course, his career hasn't been dominated with endearing and highly accessible farming simulations; directorial involvement in Marvelous Entertainment and time at Grasshopper Manufacture further showcased his multi-genre prowess. Yet there is a circular charm in seeing him at Natsume's E3 booth so he could present his new IP, the once titled 'Project Happiness', now officially 'Hometown Story'. It feels like a homecoming even though it's clearly not part of the 'Harvest Moon' universe while there is certainly strains of that franchise's DNA.
The trailer Natsume showed, however brief, did a lot to get my attention: adorable character designs that are notably different from the characters in 'Harvest Moon', »
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