Olive Town
Image: XSEED Games

Although it has yet to be confirmed on the English site, multiple sources are stating that the same-gender marriage mechanic that appeared in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, known as a "Best Friends Ceremony" (uh huh) will be appearing again in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, as confirmed on the Japanese Story of Seasons website.

Japanese Story of Seasons
Image: XSEED Games

Ranch Story Blog, the Ranch Story Wiki, and ScreenRant all confirm the return of the much-requested ability to marry anyone regardless of gender. Over on Reddit, user jpdt_ligiiihh translated the screenshot above, taken from the Japanese site:

"There are 5 bachelors and bachelorettes to romance, making them 10 romance options in total. It is possible to become partners with the same-sex through a 'best friend ceremony'."

There has been no news on whether or not Harvest Moon: One World will feature same gender marriage, but it's unlikely, given that the last game - Harvest Moon: Light of Hope - didn't.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town will launch on Switch on the 23rd March. Pre-orders will receive a squishy buffalo plush.

[source bokumono.com]