The next installment in the series is aiming for a number of exciting firsts, including an unusual feline companion.

by Jason Venter

The Harvest Moon series has been around for quite some time now, starting on the Super Famicom and branching out to a variety of platforms from there. More recently, the games have begun appearing on mobile devices, and today Natsume announced that the newest installment will arrive for the first time on PC and Wii U, along with both iOS and Android.

“From the farm to the town, we wanted Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories to evoke the feeling of a classic Harvest Moon game with modern twists!” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume Inc. “We’re also excited to finally bring the Harvest Moon series to the Nintendo Wii U, PC, and mobile platforms, where fans have definitely told us they want to see the series.”

Known in North America as Harvest Moon, the long-running series is called Bokujou Monogatari in Japan. It is presently owned by Marvelous Interactive, which has decided to self-publish recent entries in North America, but under a different label since the familiar Harvest Moon name belongs to Natsume.

“Go back to the roots of Harvest Moon in the latest installment of the series!” encourages a press release the company issued this week. “Inspired by the old-school gameplay of the very first games, Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories will bring players a sense of nostalgia, along with exciting gameplay twists.”

As usual, players will need to revitalize a farm and befriend the local villagers. This time, they’ll need to unlock “Seeds of Memories,” which they can accomplish by tending to various tasks. Possible activities include delivering a treasured item to a villager, reeling in a giant fish, or raising a prize cow. Romance is also in the air, and you’ll be possible to woo one of ten candidates for marriage: 5 bachelors and 5 bachelorettes.

Besides the aforementioned seeds, another new twist is the availability of a pet bobcat. It apparently starts out as a wild critter, but you’ll potentially be able to turn it into a friend. Other animals will be also available, including a dog, a horse, chickens, cows, and sheep.

Natsume plans to show Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories at the E3 convention this year, which kicks off two weeks from now, and the game is due to arrive sometime this winter on the platforms noted above. Are you ready for more Harvest Moon?

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