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Harvest Moon: One World is the subsequent recreation within the farming simulator franchise. Forward of its launch, Polygon previewed a gameplay demo and spoke with developer Natsume about what to anticipate.
One World is a conventional farm sim, however fairly than plopping you down in a lush farmland, there are additionally different choices for the place your farm might be. Utilizing the Expando-Farm software, you possibly can transfer your farm round to completely different biomes, from desert lands to snowy escapes. The animals you’ll discover and crops you’ll develop will fluctuate relying on the biome you’re in, permitting for quite a lot of creatures and produce.
Forward of its launch, One World has been met with pretty unfavourable reception from longtime followers of Harvest Moon, on account of licensing and naming points with the sequence. Natsume, the corporate behind Harvest Moon: One World, has the rights to the sport’s identify, though the builders behind the older video games within the franchise had been Marvelous Leisure and Xseed Video games. The latter two builders went on to create the Story of Seasons franchise, which is sometimes called the “actual” continuation of the Harvest Moon sequence. Pair this with the barren landscapes and lackluster graphics that followers noticed within the first One World trailer, and it made for low expectations.
Both method, One World does convey some new gameplay concepts to the desk. Right here’s what we realized from chatting with the builders:
Discovering Harvest Wisps is the primary solution to get seeds
Harvest Wisps present up as glowing little balls across the map. While you work together with them, they’ll provide you with a random seed that you may plant. That is the first solution to get seeds. One World producer Taka Maekawa mentioned that you may promote a sure variety of crops to the overall retailer to get seeds instead, however he additionally mentioned that you would need to promote so much to unlock this perk.
You can too search for particular seeds to see if any Wisps have them on the map on the time.
Seeds will develop completely different crops in numerous areas
Some seeds will mutate into completely different crops relying on the place they’re planted. Whereas a tomato seed will yield a daily tomato within the regular grassy biome, if it’s planted within the snow-covered space, it’ll develop an ice tomato.
Seeds and animals have rarity tiers and differing look charges
As soon as you discover animals to pet and Harvest Wisps to gather seeds from, they’ll respawn on the similar location over time. Nonetheless, some animals and seeds are thought-about extra uncommon they usually gained’t spawn as typically. Some seeds and animals additionally will solely spawn at particular instances, so that you’ll need to make notice of the place and if you discover Harvest Wisps.
There’s no same-sex marriage
If you wish to marry one of many feminine candidates, you’ll should play as a male character, and vice versa.
“We wished to do it proper, versus simply doing it for the sake of doing it, if that makes any sense,” mentioned vice chairman of Natsume Inc. operations Graham Markay. “So I’m pretty assured, 99%, it’ll be within the subsequent recreation.”
Markay famous that same-sex marriage was initially mentioned to be in One World, however on account of COVID-19-related issues and the required shift in communication, it was one of many options that received lower.
Harsh climate impacts your stamina
Your stamina will go down all through the day as you run around the globe, mine, or are inclined to your crops, however being in excessive climate situations, just like the chilly or warmth, will deplete it sooner. To keep away from this, you’ll have to eat particular meals to assist heat you up or cool you down.
There’s no pressured nighttime curfew
In contrast to older Harvest Moon video games, you gained’t be pressured to go to mattress when it will get too late. Gamers will be capable to keep up previous midnight and past, permitting them to spend their time how they need. Sure animals will solely come out at night time, so that you’ll need to discover later within the day as nicely.
Harvest Moon: One World will likely be launched for Nintendo Swap, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 2. Restricted Run Video games may also promote collector’s editions of the video games for Swap and PS4, which include a diorama and an opulent rooster.