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Zore
Sep 21, 2010






Website: http://www.storyofseasons.com/


Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town comes out on March 23, 2021




What is Story of Seasons?

Story of Seasons is one of the longest running franchises in the Farming Sim genre. In the past 25 years it has put out 28 titles and uh used to be a household name in the west. It was localized from 1996-2012 in the west as Harvest Moon, when Marvelous decided to partner with XSeed to localize them instead of Natsume. Confusingly, Natsume got to keep the name for some reason and now produces its own 'Harvest Moon' games which mostly serves just to confuse the hell out of everyone.

Regardless of weird name shenanigans, there's a pretty basic gameplay loop universal to all the games. You're a new farmer taking over a small farm and you spend your time tending to animals, growing crops and hanging out with your neighbors as you try to make your farm larger and more successful. They're very chill with few games having any sort of over-arching time limits.. In almost every game in the series you can also get married and have a child, and as of the most recent games they even are finally consistently putting gay options in!

The games are also in general really adorable with fun character designs and a lot of NPC dialogue and events that let you feel like you're really living in a small town/abandoned island/Feuding Japanese and old West towns/magical harvest dimension (some of the games get really weird and experimental).







Sweet, What are the most recent games?




The most recent release was a remake of perennial favorite game Friends of Mineral Town on the Nintendo Switch. A meaty and fun update to the original in glorious 480p or whatever the Switch puts out. You play as 'INSERT NAME HERE', a young adult who inherits an old farm from an old man who you met for like a week a decade earlier. It doesn't waste much time getting down to brass tacks and giving you freedom to have your new farm succeed or fail while you run around making friends and getting an adorable dog.

Upcoming Games



Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is upcoming and the first all new entry in the series for Switch. Its a bit of a back to basics entry after the last few non-remake games went a bit heavy on gimmicks in their premises

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Inspired by tales of their grandfather's pioneering days, the protagonist decides to pack their bags and leave the hustle and bustle of big city life for the frontier in Olive Town.

When they arrive, they run into Victor, the town's mayor and their grandfather's old friend. He brings them to the old farm, which has been reclaimed by nature over the years. Determined to breathe life back into their grandfather's dream and follow in his footsteps, the protagonist rolls up their sleeves and gets to work.

Olive Town—which is just a stone's throw away from the farm—is a port town built on the tip of a peninsula. It might be a quiet little town, but it is home to a whole host of unique characters. And while the townsfolk get by well enough in this picturesque seaside locale, a little more tourism never hurt anyone...


It will also be the first game in the series to offer a season pass of DLC which will add a lot of new content with 5 planned waves of DLC

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Part 1 – April 2021

‘Animal Attire’ costumes for the protagonists and marriage candidates
‘Olive Town Mystery Files’ sub-scenario – Join Mikey and Cindy to discover the cause of strange incidents occurring across Olive Town in the very first mystery scenario in the Story of Seasons series!

Part 2 – May 2021

‘Windswept Falls Expansion Pack’ – Explore a refreshing, brand-new area home to four characters from a past entry on the Nintendo 3DS™ system (includes two marriage candidates)

Part 3 – June 2021


‘School Uniforms’ costume set for the protagonists and marriage candidates.
‘Terracotta Oasis Expansion Pack’ – Discover an exotic oasis home to four characters from Story of Seasons for Nintendo 3DS (includes two marriage candidates)

Part 4 – July 2021


‘Yukata Set’ costumes for the protagonists and marriage candidates
‘The Legendary Sprite Dance’ sub-scenario – The Earth Sprite Village is livelier than ever, and the sprites are determined to revive their legendary dance and hold a feast…with or without Boss Sprite’s permission!

Part 5 – August 2021


Twilight Isle Expansion Pack’ – Sail to an island bathed in twilight and meet the four characters from Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns that have made it their new home (includes two marriage candidates)

‘Expansion Pass’ Purchase Bonus DLC – The following costume sets will be available to owners of the ‘Expansion Pass’ at the game’s launch on March 23.
‘Pete and Claire’s Overalls’ costumes from Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
‘Yuto and Naomi’s Hoodies’ costumes from Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
‘Henry and Holly’s Western Attire’ costumes from Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.


Rune Factory

One of the more notable spinoffs is Rune Factory, which takes traditional Harvest Moon stuff and ramps the anime up to 11 along with introducing action-RPG gameplay and dungeon diving elements with combat and monster taming. It also has just an insane amount of character work and dialogue, you can talk to just about every villager daily for like a year without them ever repeating themselves. After a long hiatus, a new entry in the series is hitting Switch later this year, release date TBD. I am insanely excited for it.





Other games you might like:

Stardew Valley ( thread)




So yes, now please use this thread for any and all Farming Sim discussion and arguments about who the best villagers are.

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vkeios
May 7, 2007






Hey, I’d like to say i love farming and Ann was the best in Back to Nature. What a great game that was to like 10 year old vkeios.

Looper
Mar 1, 2012





let me go to olive town

Tribladeofchaos
Jul 2, 2008

IT'S SHOWTIME!



I love this series and wish i had more time to play it. Should pick up A New Beginning again too.

SeANMcBAY
Jun 28, 2006

Look on the bright side.




The Friends of Mineral Town remake is very good.

PhysicsFrenzy
May 30, 2011

cats can have little a sunglasses, as a treat

somehow missed there was a new story of seasons game coming out, heck yeah

mystery dlc scenario has me baffled but intrigued

Snooze Cruise
Feb 16, 2013

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XSeed Localization Blog for Olive Town

Snooze Cruise
Feb 16, 2013

look-
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBOrB75WOYE
There is going to be a live stream on March 5th

Snooze Cruise
Feb 16, 2013

look-
a post,


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im1z6RHiVoQ

Returning characters from RF4

Snooze Cruise
Feb 16, 2013

look-
a post,


The wedding scenes being animated + no confirmation still either way doesn't bode well for gay marriage

Tribladeofchaos
Jul 2, 2008

IT'S SHOWTIME!



Hell yeah Rune Factory 5 looking awesome!

Snooze Cruise
Feb 16, 2013

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a post,


Tribladeofchaos posted:

Hell yeah Rune Factory 5 looking awesome!

I really hope we don't have to wait too long after the japanese release because yeah the game looks amazing

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vkeios
May 7, 2007






Snooze Cruise posted:

The wedding scenes being animated + no confirmation still either way doesn't bode well for gay marriage

Yeah, this is my main concern. I’m very excited for more RF again, but with them not saying a word, I expect I’ll be disappointed.

Oh well at least the mainline series proper has let me be as gay as I want.

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