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Harvest Moon: One World Announced, Coming This Year

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Harvest Moon is back with a new sequel called Harvest Moon: One World. The new sequel launches in 2020 exclusively on Switch. 

Though few details and no screenshots were yet revealed, Natsume Inc. promised more details in the coming days and weeks. A press release also revealed a new engine and graphics style will be present in the new game.

"Harvest Moon: One World features a brand-new way of exploring Harvest Moon that seasoned players and new generations will both enjoy," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. Maekawa likened the series' new gameplay elements in New World to exploring a world, not just your village. The story setup hints at a disconnected world, perhaps signifying players will bring new crops to parts of the world where they've not been seen yet. 

Yeah, it's basically Death Stranding meets Farming Simulator. Here's more from the team:

Can you imagine a world without tomatoes, strawberries, or even cabbage? That's the situation players will find themselves in in the latest entry in the Harvest Moon series. Only an old book gives hints of what once was... Buoyed by a mysterious discovery, however, players will find themselves setting out on an adventure that spans not only their hometown but the whole world! What kind of people and places await? From the gorgeous beaches of Halo Halo to the snowy mountains of Salmiakki, there's literally an entire world to explore!

Harvest Moon has been a Nintendo staple since the '90s and has spawned several sequels across all Nintendo platforms, among others, since then. It's also the primary inspiration for indie smash hit Stardew Valley. Its most recent release,  Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, was poorly received on Steam, but the series has a much longer, more admired history than that slip-up, even as it's not the first of its kind. 

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