Success Corporation, the developer most well-known for the Cotton series of cute 'em ups, is bringing its take on the farm sim to the west on Switch in June 2023. Shepherd's Crossing originally launched on PS2 in 2008, before receiving a PSP port in 2010 (thanks, @gosokkyu!).
Known as Hakoniwa Bokujou Hitsuji Mura in Japan, the Switch version launched in Japan last November, but we'll be getting it on Switch, PS4, and PC here in the west — the PC version is out on 28th April, even! A PS4 version will also be launching in Japan at the same time.
Often compared to the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons series, your character moves to a ranch and is left to build up their life, grow crops, and raising animals, all while getting to know the locals. And there's no money in the game, either — all of the goods you accrue are gathered by bartering with the locals. A sequel, Shepherd's Crossing 2, came out in North America on the DS in 2010.
This version of the game is an HD remaster of the PSP port, but with brand new features such as a zoom-out option and more item slots. The game will be digital-only in the west, however English support is being added to the Japanese version, where physical copies are available.
For even more info on the game, check out its Steam page. We'll let you know as soon as we have a firm western release on Switch. Currently, it's due to sprout this June.
Check out the gameplay trailer (from its Japanese release last year) up top, and let us know if you've played this on PS2 or PSP in the comments!
Cozy game lovers just keep on eating well on Switch.
Eh, no thanks.
Not a fan of that archaic 2D style graphics.
It's really hard to compete in this space with so many games releasing in this genre. Is it just me or does the movement look kind of slippery?
It looks like big farm game.
will give it a try on the PSP now and reserve my judgement for now
Not sure who the target audience is for this.
We already have farming sims pretty well covered between the Story of Seasons games and indy versions like Stardew Valley.
Maybe if this is around the same price point as Stardew I may pick a couple of copies up to play with the Mrs (she loves this style of game) but it's not one that jumps out at me.
I'm always up for new farming and cozy games, but after trying the PSP I think I'll give this a miss. Weird mechanics and just not having a clue what to do, might come back to it another day
So...a 'remaster' (still looks ugly) port..of a port.
The future of gaming folks.
Some of the villagers kind of remind me of the Resident Evil 4 World Masterpiece Theater episodes XD
Jokes aside, not sure if I'll ever get this game, but it's always nice to see games from older consoles, the PSP port of a PS2 game in this one's case, on modern ones including Switch for those interested in replaying them or trying them for the first time!
@RainbowStarFlower It isn't just you, I also got the same impression which is why I'm not sure I'll ever get it other than having other games in the same genre on Switch I want to play first.
I always wanted to try this, glad it's getting an English release! The more farm sims the better if you ask me.
Cool. I had this for my PS2 but never got around to playing it then my PS2 died andI never got to play it. I'll probably be picking up this game when it comes out.
@Magician weird ports, shovelware, hyper niche games exclusively go to the console that is dominant in sales or gives them an easy platform to put it out (like the Xbox arcade did with the 360).
It's a blessing and a curse. You have bangers and then you have match 3 hentai games on the top sales/sales lists you have to quickly scroll over when the kids are in the room.
I'm not familiar with it but at least aesthetically I like the look of this way more than Stardew Valley. Not really understanding the complaints about the art style at all.
That artstyle isn’t doing anything for me but I may still give this a shot.
This game seems a lot different to others in the genre. I remember watching this video on it, so i'll dump it here for those on the fence:
I'm still gonna pick it up though of course, it's a farming game why would I not xD
It’s definitely looking like one of the farming games of all-time.
@JohnnyMind I am in the same boat. Even in this genre alone, there are a number of interesting titles still to come this year. I'm not sure this one is catching my eye as much as, for example, the 'Wonderful Life' remake.
It's a day that ends in y, therefore we get another cutesy farming sim.
@RainbowStarFlower That one and also Rune Factory 3 Special for me!
@JohnnyMind I haven't played that game either but I've heard from fans that it is one of the best entries in the Rune Factory series.
this gives a good run down of what its all about, will give it another try after finding this video
Many tried to top Harvest Moon, but I doubt anyone will ever succeed
I tried the DS game. It...wasn't very engaging.
@ComfyAko Have you not heard of Stardew Valley? 😳🤣
@antisumo It's a very good game, I'll give you that. The music is great and the artstyle is pretty good, except for the character portraits. The character design and stories could be better, though. It's a marvellous game considering it's made by a single person, but Harvest Moon's charm is not reproduced easily
@ComfyAko I think SV just managed to take everything HM had and added to it, but don't get me wrong I still appreciate and adore the older HMs. I personally prefer the SV pixel art style, maybe because it's more Westernised 🤷♂️
@antisumo Yeah, it's probably the matter of personal tastes. I prefer the way HM handles things and I am attached to the characters. I played SV for quite a bit, even passed the game, but the characters just didn't sit with me. The mine in SV is pretty well thought, though.
@ComfyAko Personally, SV has the deeper writing. Shane's story in particular hits really hard. Never seen Harvest Moon tackle such impactful topics.
That said, both are great at what they set out to do. Though, I think with the caves and combat, SV probably has more in common with Rune Factory.
@antisumo I will say, and my fingers are crossed very tightly, but the new Harvest Moon screenshots look kind of impressive? I mean, it certainly looks a lot better than the last decade of Harvest Moon games.
@RainbowStarFlower SV does deal with a lot of strong storylines, Shame especially 😢 first playthrough I just did the farming but next time I spent more time speaking to people. And yes, the new HM does look impressive, fingers are well and truly crossed it turns out better
@antisumo So true. It has very much been a while since I could say a Harvest Moon game has potential. Just not the same as it was back in the day.
@RainbowStarFlower always been tempted by One World and Light of Hope but the graphics are so off putting, this new one however has promise. But I'm mainly holding out for Wonderful Life and Fantasy Life
@antisumo Me too! And as JohnnyMind mentioned, also interested in Rune Factory 3.
@RainbowStarFlower I have 4 which was great, 5 was a bit of a disappointment, but I got side tracked and started something else as couldn't get into it. I will no doubt give 3 a try too!
The bartering system, the breeding system with tiers of “shiny” animals, making sure you’ve got enough supplies for you and your flocks and herds to make it through the winter, hunting, culling… This game has a ton that separates it from other farming games feature-wise. It had more of a realistic take on animals than I’ve seen before or since. I’m glad it’s coming West so I don’t have to import it or figure out where the PS2 went, lol.
It looks very cute~ 👍 Kind of reminds me of GBA graphics for some reason with a relaxing / nostalgic vibe to it. I'll look more into it when it's released but reminds me of the harvest moon games for some reason too~ 🤔 Might be the farming aspect~ 😉🤣
Happy Gaming! (^_^)
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