First Harvest Moon PS2 details
[04.13.01] » New information, screenshots and a Japanese
release date for the PlayStation 2 installment of everyone's favorite
Victor Interactive quietly unveiled
its latest installment of the long-running farming sim Harvest Moon
at last month's Tokyo Game Show. Now the company has revealed the
first screens of the game in action and some of the gameplay changes
for the upcoming PlayStation 2 version.
Officially titled Harvest Moon 3, the PS2 upgrade
will offer all the nail-biting excitement of animal husbandry and
crop maintenance seen in the previous installments. Beyond the graphical
overhaul and use of cel-shaded characters, the biggest announced change
is the time frame of the game itself. Past Harvest Moon's restricted
players with a three years deadline to get their farm in shape, but
the sequel will offer a bit more flexibility. Harvest Moon 3 can be
"completed" in as little as one year or extended for up
Victor also hinted at a few of the smaller tweaks
to the game. The player's pet dog will now play a larger role in the
game and can be taught special tricks. The company also promises the
ever-popular dating aspects will receive a greater focus, though the
more open-end time frame means marriage will no longer be an option.
Players can also expect new minigames and town festivals to round
out the changes.
Harvest Moon 3 is currently set for a July 17 release
in Japan. Natsume, the series' US publisher, has made no mention of
a possible American release, but considering Harvest Moon is one of
that company's flagship franchises, the PS2 version should arrive
in the states sometime later this year.