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Take a look at the North American cover for Harvest Moon: One World

We've always got you covered

When Harvest Moon: One World was announced, Natsume said that the game would feature a new engine and new graphics. We're yet to see what those graphics will look like, but now we at least have some art to go off of, thanks to the official North American cover.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like this art gives us much of an indication of the new direction for in-game graphics, as the style appears quite similar to what we've seen from the series in the past.

XSEED shares titles they considered renaming Harvest Moon before settling on Story of Seasons

Plow and Propose?!

The Harvest Moon series eventually was renamed by XSEED to Story of Seasons due to a licensing issue, but the team was also throwing around some other name ideas before they settled on what we have today. As you can see above, they considered titles like Summer Solstice, Autumn Wind, and Plow & Propose. I honestly can't believe they considered the last name. That has to be a joke!

XSEED shares more insight on the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons rebrand

Clearing up confusion

The Harvest Moon franchise went on for years and years with the Harvest Moon name, and then one day it switched over to Story of Seasons. While the change has been discussed a few times, many fans are still in the dark as to why the swap came about. In an interview with GamesBeat, XSEED's Ken Berry aims to explain the situation in full.

...it’s basically our parent company Marvelous Japan, and their previous publishing partner, Natsume of America. Natsume had the trademark for the name Harvest Moon, when they decided to change the Japanese name of Bokujō Monogatari to something more appropriate for the West. And from what I can gather, that may have been a business practice that was more common in the ’90s, when people didn’t really know too much about the international market and you will let your partner handle everything.

But I believe, as time went on and development budgets climbed, and you’re looking at spending millions of dollars per title, our Japanese parent company Marvelous wanted full control of their own IP worldwide. And if their U.S. publishing partner who trademarked the English name wouldn’t give them back that English name, I think they wanted to go with a different brand that they have full control over. Despite knowing how much equity and love people had for that well-known title Harvest Moon, which, Natsume admittedly did a great job building up over the years. So I think you can sort of see both companies’ standpoints on why Marvelous wouldn’t want that English name as their own IP, as well as Natsume having basically taken that series of farming game back in the 90s, probably people laughed at that thought at first. Having really grown the series, they probably want to hold on to the trademark name.

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash Arrives in Retail Stores Today in Europe

A mad dash to retail

London, UK – November 15th, 2019 – Rising Star Games, the home of Japanese games, has released Harvest Moon: Mad Dash in retail stores across Europe today. Fans of Harvest Moon can make a Mad Dash to their favourite shopping location and grab a copy of Harvest Moon: Mad Dash on either PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch for €29.99.

Go solo or take a few friends along for the frenzy! Harvest, fish, milk, and more as you fulfil orders to complete each level! Things may start out easy, but you'll hit the beach, the farm, and even the Underworld as you progress through the game! Have you ever tried to grow crops with molten lava falling on them?! That and other obstacles await you as you and your friends try to clear all the levels to restore the broken lighthouse!

Key Features

Fast-paced action means quick decisions are key!
Multiplayer madness requires communication to succeed!
Take on the farm, beach, Underworld, and Skyworld levels!
Use Harvest Sprite Powers to unlock special support skills!

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash is Available Now on Switch

Making a dash to Switch!

Burlingame, CA. – November 5, 2019 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced that the newest Harvest Moon title, Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, is now available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

Purchase Harvest Moon: Mad Dash for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 through GameStop today! Both are also available through Amazon.

See the farming action of Harvest Moon: Mad Dash in the official trailer: Harvest Moon: Mad Dash Trailer

"After much hard work, we are pleased to release Harvest Moon: Mad Dash," shared Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume. "Whether you frantically harvest with friends or prefer to make quick, strategic decisions on your own, this is sure to be an enjoyable experience for all types of gamers!"

About Harvest Moon: Mad Dash

Go solo or take along a few friends in this fast-paced farming frenzy! Harvest, fish, milk, and more as you fulfil orders to complete each level! Things may start out easy, but you'll hit the beach, the farm, and even the Underworld as you progress through the game! Have you ever tried to grow crops with molten lava falling on them?! That and other obstacles await you as you and your friends try to clear all the levels to restore the broken lighthouse!

Key Features:

Fast-paced action means quick decisions are key!
Multiplayer madness requires communication to succeed!
Take on farm, beach, Underworld, and Skyworld levels!
Use Harvest Sprite Powers to unlock special support skills!

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash - more gameplay

Go solo or take along a few friends in this fast-paced farming frenzy! Harvest, fish, milk, and more as you fulfill orders to complete each level, but watch out for molten lava, raging boars, and other obstacles! Can you and your friends try to clear all the levels to restore the broken lighthouse?

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash sees a slight delay in North America

Making a mad dash for next week

Harvest Moon: Mad Dash has received a bit of a setback in North America. The original plan was to have the game out today, but that's no longer the case. Natsume has taken to Twitter to announce that the title will now be available on Nov. 5th, 2019, so not far off at all. The European release dates of Oct. 29th for digital and Nov. 15th for retail seem to be unaffected.

Dodging Boars in Harvest Moon: Mad Dash

All aboar!

Natsume has shared a new dev blog fro Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, and this one breaks down how boars factor into gameplay. Check out a snippet from the blog below, and then click over for the full piece.

Boars will storm in and temporarily stun any farmer or animals in their way, as well as destroying any crops they run over. Move crops out of the way or just hold them to escape the rampage.

Full blog here

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Complete hits Europe on Oct. 25th, 2019

Cropping up next month

Our friends in Europe won't have to wait too much longer to go hands-on with Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Complete. Rising Star has confirmed that the title is set for launch in Europe on Oct. 25th, 2019. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Complete includes all the same content as the original game, plus all the DLC, and it's all on a single game card.

Natsume "very happy" with Harvest Moon: Light of Hope sales, explain why they're doing a spin-off in Harvest Moon: Mad Dash

A bumper crop of sales

Things have been going pretty well for Natsume on the Switch. The titles they're bringing over seem to be hitting their mark, and that includes Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. In an interview with NintendoEverything, Natsume producer Taka Maekawa mentions how well the game has done so far.

We’re very happy with the way it sold. We’re glad that people – so I read lots of reviews, of course there are lots of critical reviews too, but I see lots of people saying that this has the Harvest Moon feel to it – story-wise, characters, charm. So I’m really happy with the sales and also the reviews too.

What's next for the Harvest Moon franchise? In the immediate future, we have Harvest Moon: Mad Dash, a puzzle spin-off. Why did Natsume decide to go in that direction? Maekawa discussed that move as well.

Last year my boss told me, since we released Light of Hope, he wanted to test the possibility of taking Harvest Moon in different directions – like a spinoff. Like Mario – Mario Kart, Dr. Mario – those things. He wanted to test the possibility of Harvest Moon, so that was probably the initial idea that made me think about it. Then I started to think about, “Okay, what kind of spinoff can I do? I can do racing, horse racing, anything.” But when I thought about it, since Switch has two Joy-Con and lots of multiplayer co-op games were coming out, I thought that should be the direction that I should go. So the game had to be multiplayer.

Also, Harvest Moon as you know takes a long time to play. But how about doing the opposite – like just 3-5 minutes per play. Not only with yourself, but maybe with parents and friends. And that came to the idea of how about doing farming, taking care of animals, fishing – making that into a very compact mini-game. So that was the initial thought that came when I thought about it.

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