The story behind Story of Seasons is a rather strange one. While it may be a Harvest Moon title in Japan, XSEED Games had to change the name in the West due to licensing. So, it's a Harvest Moon in every possible way, but it just can't be called that over here. The situation is complicated further, then, because Natsume – the IP holder – is continuing the series under the original brand in the West, with Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley being the most recent.
At any rate, Story of Seasons has been nailed down for release in Europe and Australia, with it releasing on January 8th and 9th, respectively. Though it's old news in North America, it seems that Europe and Australia have plenty to look forward to; we rather liked it in our review, giving it a 7/10. If nothing else, it certainly can't be as bad as it's evil twin.
What do you think? Will you be picking this up? North Americans, what did you think of the game? Share your thoughts in the comments below.