For many players, Stardew Valley was their first contact with the joys of an agricultural role-playing game, but it's certainly not the first of its kind. Story of Seasons, formerly known in the West as Harvest Moon, has been defining the genre since the days of the Super Nintendo, but it was historically a console-only series. This will change in October with the launch of Doraemon Story of Seasons on Steam.
As the title suggests, this is a cross with the very popular Japanese anime franchise, Doraemon. It will feature the mascot and his traditional friends. You play as Noby and want to rebuild a farm, make friends with locals and enjoy country life – with the help of Doraemon's secret gadget selection.
On October 11, Doraemon Story of Seasons will arrive on Steam (and Nintendo Switch) in North America and Europe, publisher Bandai Namco announced in a press release. No word on the price yet, but it was a complete release on Switch in Japan earlier this year.
We have already received Harvest Moon: Light of Hope on Steam in 2017, which forces me to address the whole confusing line of the series. Known as Bokujou Monogatari in Japan, it was originally published as Harvest Moon in West by publisher Natsume.
Mark your calendars, #Doraemon Story of Seasons arrives in #NintendoSwitch and PC on October 11! Help Noby bring back to life a destroyed farm with the help of his friends and Doraemon's secret gadgets! pic.twitter.com/KTfD2paKl7
– BANDAI NAMCO UK (@BandaiNamcoUK) August 13, 2019
The developer Marvelous changed publishing house for Bokujou Monogatari in the West in 2014, which led to the new English title Story of Seasons. Natsume continues to make games unrelated to the name Harvest Moon – which have not generally been very good.
Story of Seasons, however, has generally maintained quality and if you are looking for more games like Stardew Valley on PC, the Doraemon crossover should offer a good option in a few months.