If you’re a big Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon fan but feel as though the series has been lacking in enough manga vibe, Bandai Namco has you covered. The publisher has revealed Doraemon Story of Seasons. The title is described as a “farming adventure”, crossing the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons games with the hit Japanese brand.
In a joint effort between the studios of Marvelous and Brownies, Bandai Namco says that within Doraemon Story of Seasons, “players will be able to enjoy traditional Story of Seasons activities like growing crops, cultivating their farm, exploring, bug hunting, and much more.”
Today’s announcement teases that Noby and numerous other characters from the Doraemon franchise “will take part in a heart-warming journey across the title’s original local town.” You’ll be tasked with developing said town. And while doing so you’ll cultivate relationships with its citizens and form bonds with the townspeople. It’s also noted that Doraemon’s secret gadgets will have a role to play within the collaborative game too.
Doraemon Story of Seasons will be far from the franchise’s only foray into video games. In total, there are 63 Japanese-only games that have been released since the mid-80s. Titles have been previously published across nearly every Nintendo platform over the years. These include the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U, and even Virtual Boy. Though games have been released on plenty of other non-Nintendo platforms as well.
Doraemon Story of Seasons looks as though it will mark both the Doraemon and Story of Seasons series’ first PC release to date though. Bandai Namco didn’t confirm exactly when the harvest will arrive, only noting it lands on PC and Switch this fall. The last entry in the Story of Seasons franchise, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, arrived February 2017 for 3DS.
For another title recently released in the farming adventure genre, check out Nerd Much?’s review of My Time at Portia for Nintendo Switch.