There’s definitely a market for farming and life simulator games. I haven’t gotten sucked into the Harvest Moon or Story of Seasons games yet, but they do look like they could be a good time. The closest I’ve gotten was with the various Animal Crossing games.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns launches on February 28, 2017 on the Nintendo 3DS. Check out our preview here. XSEED gives some backstory on the game:
Since you were little, your family’s never lived in one place for very long, always moving to wherever your father’s job has taken you. Wherever you went, you always enjoyed trips out to the country, where you’d pet the animals, taste fresh-grown food, and dream of a slow, steady life.
Now that you’re old enough, and as your family’s about to move again, you’ve just announced to them that you’re striking out on your own, determined to become the farmer you’ve always wanted to be. Your father has his doubts, to say the least, but he’s willing to let you try.
Your journey brings you to a unique spot in the countryside, where three different towns with three very different cultures converge as friends and neighbors. Westown, with its cowboys and corrals, has everything the classic frontier settler needs. Right next door is Lulukoko Village: a warm, friendly paradise to rival any tropical island. Rounding out the neighborhood is Tsuyukusa, which serves as the very model of a traditional Far Eastern village.
Thrown into the middle, it’s up to you to learn the ropes, tend your own farm, care for your crops and animals, navigate the crossroads of culture, prove yourself to your family, and just maybe raise one of your own while you’re at it. What new story will you write in this trio of towns?