A few days ago, Natsume shared Part 1 and Part 2 of their Q&A about Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, revealing/confirming various details about the game.
Let’s start with the story. Here’s what it’s all about:
As the main character, you set off on a ship one day to look for new adventures! However, your ship is suddenly hit by a storm, and you wash up on a (mostly) deserted island! Luckily, the doctor there, Jeanne, rescues you, and gives you the lowdown on what’s happening in Beacon Town, your new home. It turns out the lighthouse there used to shine so bright, it could be seen for miles. But all the recent storms have wrecked the lighthouse, the people’s homes, and the land. Most of the townspeople have left, but with your help, there might be a way to lure them back…
Just like other Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons games, Harvest Moon: Light of Hope has several bachelors and bachelorettes: 10 in total (5 male, and 5 female).
The game also has heart and friendship events, and some of them actually feature choices. As expected, depending on your answer, you will get different reactions from the characters. According to Natsume, the developers are “striving to give the social interactions more depth for a more enjoyable game play experience.”
As for town development, you will be able to repair various things, allowing you to unlock new shops, characters, farming tools, more areas to farm, and more.
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will feature festivals, including one that players have been suggesting for a long time. It will also have new livestock, such as a Silky Donkey that produces rare fur… though it will not be available right away, you will have to meet certain conditions before you can purchase it.
Finally, Natsume clarifies when the game will be released. Development is “moving along very well”, and they’re on track for a release at the end of Winter. It will be available at retail and on the Nintendo eShop, with Rising Star Games handling publioshing duties in Europe.