Natsume Inc. and Rising Star Games have announced Harvest Moon: One World for Nintendo Switch, "a brand-new way of exploring Harvest Moon for seasoned players and new generations alike".

Set to launch this autumn, the game will have fledgling farmers exploring an entire world full of "new and familiar faces, unique villages, and adventurous challenges", all while managing their growing farm. The new title is being developed with an all-new engine and graphics.

Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume, has shared the following in a press release:

"Harvest Moon: One World features a brand-new way of exploring Harvest Moon that seasoned players and new generations will both enjoy. Over the decades, Harvest Moon has evolved but has always retained the traditional, family-friendly farming fun that the franchise is known for. The new engine and new graphics will upgrade this experience for 2020. We are so excited to share more about the features of Harvest Moon: One World in the coming months."

No screenshots or trailers have been released just yet (we only have the graphic above to go on so far), but we do have our first details of the game in the form of this official blurb:

Can you imagine a world without tomatoes, strawberries, or even cabbage? In the latest entry in the Harvest Moon series, that’s the situation players will find themselves in. Only an old book gives hints of what once was... Buoyed by a mysterious discovery, players will find themselves setting out on an adventure that spans not only their hometown but the whole world! What kind of people and places await? From the gorgeous beaches of Halo Halo to the snowy mountains of Salmiakki, there’s literally an entire world to explore.

Back in January, Natsume president Hiro Maekawa teased a number of "exciting new projects". It certainly seems like this must be one of them.

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