It seems that not everyone was partying this new year’s eve, as the eagle-eyed folks at Gearnuke were apparently scouring the ESRB ratings for PS4 Games. The ESRB rating site for the Harvest Moon games has now changed to show that both Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition and Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland have been rated for PS4. While it’s not an official announcement, the chances are high that this will mean the games are coming to PSN as digital downloads – as was recently the case with Destroy All Humans!.
For those not familiar with the Harvest Moon series, it is a farming simulator with RPG elements and what has become known as ‘slice of life’ gameplay – splitting your time between managing activities on and off the farm like building and foraging and interactions with other characters, even marriage. The series actually started way back in the days of SNES, the first game releasing in 1996. The versions in question were originally released on PS2 with Save the Homeland coming in 2001 and the original version of A Wonderful Life in 2003. Both entries into the series were relatively well received – each achieving over 75% Metacritic ratings, though the special edition of A Wonderful Life was criticised for technical issues at the time of its release.
You might also know the series under its new name ‘Story of Seasons,’ since 2014 the series’ North American localisation has been handled by XSEED Games under its new moniker. Later entries in the series have been almost exclusively available on the 3DS though – Story of Seasons released in 2015 with another entry coming west next year – and the most recent PlayStation-based entry was the 2010 PSP game Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley. So this news could present a welcome return to the farm for series fans.
We can’t say that this is official just yet but it looks like the chances are good. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more on the titles. Are you excited for the potential return of Harvest Moon to PS4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.