Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is a diversion for the series, as Natsume took the franchise in some new directions, with the title being the first to go "fully three-dimensional". Story of Seasons, previously released as a Harvest Moon game in Japan but being published under a different name - due to IP rights - by XSEED is a more conventional entry, and it was little surprise that it was delayed to avoid a direct clash with Lost Valley in the 2014 holiday season.
Natsume seems pleased with the reception of The Lost Valley in North America - a Facebook post from company President and CEO Hiro Maekawa highlights a strong start for the game and reiterates that it'll hit Europe in 2015.
It is because of the strong support of loyal Harvest Moon fans like you that Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is performing beyond our expectations in North America! And for that, we thank you! We are also excited about the upcoming European launch in 2015.
...I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the Natsume fans, especially our loyal Harvest Moon fans everywhere, for their enthusiasm and dedication to the series over the past 17 years! Your strong and continued support has encouraged us to evolve the Harvest Moon franchise and take it to the next level. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is the true beginning of great things to come in the series as we will be building upon fan feedback, media comments and our own 18 years of experience with the franchise.
The post is generally positive, as we'd expect of a New Year message, and emphasizes that Natsume is planning to push a lot more games our way through download stores in particular, including the eShop.
Did you pick up Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley in North America last November? If so let us know what you think of it.