Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Life Sim

The Guild 3’s courts, offices, and popular opinion detailed

The Guild 3 (PC) Trial Popularity Office Announcement - Screenshot 1

Three new screens were released for The Guild 3. The shots cover the political side of the dynastic simulator. In the upcoming entry, players will be able to utilize an ‘automatic’ economy system so that they can focus on their political rivals rather than their ledgers. Keeping an eye on others will be necessary because, as with the first two games, rivals can bring players to court or block them from attaining office. Just as current office holders vote for who will take over a vacancy, three judges will pass verdict on those brought to trial. Popular opinion affects both systems, and will benefit the player if they are supported by the people. Similarly, if they suspect that the player’s been up to no good, through bad backroom deals or excessive nepotism, the townsfolk will turn on them. A new AI based on a six-trait system will guide all proceedings, and is said to cause behavioral patterns to evolve during play.

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PC News

NIS to release Harvest Moon: Skytree Village Limited Edition

Harvest Moon Skytree Village (3DS) LE Announcement - Header

NIS is teaming up with Natsume to release a limited edition of Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. The set includes a copy of the game, 44-page softcover art book, soundtrack, six-piece lapel pin set, blue feather rubber-strap keychain, and a collector’s box. Skytree Village follows series tradition in allowing players to romance a partner, get married, have children, and make their way in the world by farming. New crops, flowers, and a fishing mechanic have been added, along with a cast of characters who live in the nearby town.

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3DS

Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town on Wii U Virtual Console

Harvest Moon More Friends of Mineral Town (GBA, Wii U) Virtual Console Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Natsume has released Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town on the Wii U Virtual Console. The Game Boy Advance title is a follow-up to Back to Nature that includes new events, features, and mini-games. As a new arrival in a small town, players take on the task of turning their dilapidated farm around by planting and harvesting crops and raising animals. Along the way, they are able to meet and befriend the local townsfolk, and if all goes well, even get married and start a family.

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Legacy System News, Wii U

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley gets free Crop/Recipe and Flower DLC

Harvest Moon The Lost Valley (3DS) DLC Announcement - Screenshot 1

Natsume has released two free downloadable packs for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The Crop/Recipe and Flower packs will be free until May 19, at which point they will cost .99. As with the current crop of … er … crops, the new ones will have mutations so that players can further expand their stock. These follow two other free downloads, an outfit and hairstyle set as well as a builder’s set. The studio has even more add-ons planned, with more packs scheduled for release in mid-June.

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3DS, DLC

Festivals, marriage, and more in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley trailer

Natsume has released a new trailer for Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. The video is focused on the festivals in which players can participate, including an Egg Hunt and a Horse Race, as well as glimpses of a variety of other events. Players will be able to spy married life and parenthood, a few of the animal types that can be raised, and the Harvest God and Goddess.

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3DS

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley goes gooooold for 3DS

Harvest Moon The Lost Valley (3DS) Gone Gold Announcement - Screenshot 1

Natsume has announced that Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley has gone gold for 3DS. The latest entry in the farming-centric role-playing series will hit stores on November 4, but gamers who pre-order before then from GameStop or the Natsume store will receive a 5” plushie designed after the player’s in-game pet dog. A collector’s edition is also available exclusively at the Natsume store, which comes with a 12” rabbit plushie.

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3DS

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley set to release this year for 3DS

Harvest Moon The Lost Valley (3DS) Announcement - Logo

Natsume has announced that they will be bringing a new Harvest Moon to the 3DS later this year. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will again feature the farming and role-playing elements of its predecessors, as well as be the first 3D entry in the series. Customization will also be a focus, with players (slash farmers slash adventurers) capable of personalizing the world and fields. Additional details will be revealed at E3.

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3DS