Harvest Moon fans will be likely be delighted to know that two related companies have made announcements regarding upcoming remakes. Marvelous Inc. has confirmed that the Nintendo Switch remake of beloved Gameboy Advance titles, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town will be coming to North America and Europe. Meanwhile, Xseed Games, the North American publisher for the game series, confirmed that the remake will be released in North America under the name Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.
After announcing the remake via Famitsu earlier in the week, Marvelous launched the official website for the game as well as dropping the very first trailer, showing exciting gameplay glimpses as well as some of the revamped NPC designs in action. Alongside the trailer, Marvelous announced that the game will be localized in the west by Xseed and Marvelous Europe— Gematsu was the first to report Xseed’s confirmation that they’ll be releasing the remake as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town.
Fans who’ve been following the development of the remake will notice that there’s a slight leap between the original title Bokujou Monogatari: Reunion in Mineral Town and the NA localization known as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town. The original game's subtitle of “Reunion in Mineral Town” seems so perfect for the remake, considering that it’s combining the storylines of the two GBA titles as well as revisiting Mineral Town for the first time in fourteen years. However, considering that Natsume still has the rights to the name Harvest Moon, Xseed Games is probably recycling the original subtitle to signal the remake to fans, which is probably a smart idea considering the mass confusion that ensued after the initial name change to the series.
It’s still unknown at this point whether Natsume will raise legal issues about the remake— though, with any luck, they’ll leave it be. Licensing problems aside, NA fans can look forward to getting their hands on some of the new content announced in the trailer: two new mystery NPCs, new breeds of cats, dogs, cows, and chicken, as well as what seems to be the option to raise a capybara on the farm.
The remake is set to release in Japan on October 17th, 2019. There is no set release date for the North American release as of right now.