Just looking at that food made me hungry...
HARVESTELLA is an upcoming life simulation game from the development team at Japan-based Live Wire, to be published by Square Enix. Today, the publisher has shared an extensive first look at the game’s summer season, including new areas, food, and much more.
HARVESTELLA is set for a worldwide release on November 4th, 2022. The title features many elements often found in life simulation games including socializing, adventuring, jobs, and of course seasons.
As you play through HARVESTELLA, you’ll also make your way through the four seasons. Below is a detailed overview of the summer season, with plenty of information and screenshots.
Summer Location: Shatolla
Welcome to the seaside town of Shatolla.
Many of the residents here support themselves through fishing.
There is a large tavern in the center of town. Fishers who have finished a hard day’s work gather here to drink and sing together.
Ever since the change in the Seaslight, giant bubbles have been appearing on the seas by Shatolla. People call these the Summer Bulla.
At the same time, a whispered rumor begins to spread amongst the fishing community about the sea witch, Lorelei. They say her singing voice can drag ships to the bottom of the ocean.
In the tavern, a singer known as Emo tries to bring courage and cheer to the fishers.
The diva of Shatolla wants to travel to the Seaslight for some reason. Although it doesn’t seem like she can tell anyone why…
Your journey will take you into the dangerous Coral Shrine!
Next, allow us to show you a couple of the characters you’ll meet in Shatolla: Heine and Emo.
Heine is an inventor with an atelier in Shatolla. He’s a young man who spends his days entirely absorbed in creating inventions. Everyone treats him as a bit of an eccentric.
A dandy and ladies’ man, he’s quick to start flirting with women.
Emo is the diva of the tavern in Shatolla.
Emo is the diva of the tavern in Shatolla.
Adventure: new jobs revealed
Jobs determine your weapon and abilities in battle. You can equip many different jobs in HARVESTELLA, such as the previously revealed Fighter, Mage, and Shadow Walker.
If you recruit a character with a particular job, the protagonist becomes able to use that job as well!
Today, we’re going to show you a couple of new jobs you can use:
The Mechanic job is proficient at physical attacks and weakening enemies. It also lets you perform charge attacks.
This job that lets you wield magic through song to support your team. It also lets you perform charge attacks.
Each job has its own unique skills, which you can obtain from its Skill Board.
Some skills can be performed in battle while others take effect simply by being acquired.
JP (Job Points) are required to obtain skills, and are gained by defeating enemies in battle.
You’ll gradually unlock more and more panels and obtain skills that grant all kinds of effects!
Daily Life: Summer Produce
That’s enough about battles and action - let’s talk about food!
While some produce can be grown and harvested all year round, some fruit and veg can only be grown during a particular season.
Here is a look at some Summer produce!
Daily Life: Summer Cuisine
You can sell all these crops to make money, or you can hold some back for cooking. Prepare to drool when you see these examples of summer cuisine…
Shrimp and Mushroom Tapas.
Melting Chocolate Fondant.
Daily life: Waterside and cave biomes
If you’ve played the HARVESTELLA demo, you’ll have seen the field outside the protagonist’s home. That’s not the only place to grow crops, however - there are fields in special environments too! There are some crops that can only grow in these environments.
Here we see an irrigated field full of water.
Sweet crops grow well in this biome.
Spices and other seasonings grow well in the dry ground of caves.
Daily Life: Renovation
The Renovator in Lethe can help you to improve many aspects of your daily life.
For example, they can expand your field, build or animal enclosures, or construct a kitchen counter to allow you to cook.
Having an animal enclosure built will allow you to rear livestock.
You can increase the number of livestock you can keep by building more animal pens.
Placing a kitchen counter will allow you to cook meals. You cook with ingredients you collect and produce you grow.
Meals are essential on your adventures. For example, they can recover your stamina and HP.