Two new Harvest Moon games for 3DS will appear at E3 next week, though only one will bear the title.
Developed by Natsume, the firm claims Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will be the first title in the longrunning farming series to offer a fully three-dimensional setting with a customizable world, which players can alter by creating valleys or planting fields full of decorative plants like tulips.
"Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is truly evolving the franchise. Hardcore fans will love it, players who haven’t played a Harvest Moon game in a while will want to try it out, and new players will be introduced to the unique and charming world that is Harvest Moon," Natsume president and CEO Maekawa said in a prepared statement.
"But the incredibly exciting thing that really elevates the game is that while it does get back to what everyone loves about the early games, it also innovates in a way that no Harvest Moon game ever has."
While Natsume controls the rights to the Harvest Moon name from its many years localizing the series, Japanese developer Marvelous AQL recently announced it would partner with XSEED games to localize the latest game in the original Japanese series, changing the name to Story of Seasons.
Players will be able to customize their characters and farmsteads in Story of Seasons, showing off the fruits of their labor in multiplayer and StreetPass modes. It’s planned for release in winter.