Story of Seasons

The tale of the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons saga is a slightly confusing one. The developer, Marvelous AQL, has been making the games for several years, but the publishing rights have primarily rested with Natsume, which incidentally owns the IP. In recent times, Natsume has decided to continue producing its own games under the Harvest Moon name, though the content of these games hasn't been entirely pleasing to everyone. Marvelous has thus taken it upon itself to continue producing Harvest Moon games under the new moniker of Story of Seasons, which is published by XSEED Games.

At any rate, there's a new game in the Story of Seasons series coming to the 3DS in North America next year, called Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns. It sounds a lot like the last game, which certainly isn't a bad thing, with the big change this time around being that you'll have three towns to interact with, complete with unique people, crops, animals, and more for each. Here's a brief description of the game, straight from XSEED:

In celebration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the longest-running farming and life simulation series, the beloved Bokujo Monogatari franchise – now known as STORY OF SEASONS in the West – returns with its biggest adventure yet in STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns. Settled on a homestead in the middle of three distinct and uniquely themed locales, players can explore a diverse landscape as they search for new ways to grow their farms and friendships. Extensive customization and gameplay options are on offer in Trio of Towns, with each village offering its own variety of regional crops, lads and ladies to romance, animals, festivals, furniture, decorations and more. More ways to play sprout up as players connect to one another locally or via the internet to chat, trade, and enhance items on a mysterious multiplayer island.

It all sounds like it's shaping up nicely, and Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be making an appearance in XSEED's E3 lineup next week, so expect some footage of the game very soon.

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