Natsume’s Harvest Moon: One World was originally set to release this year on Nintendo Switch, but now it’s quietly shifting to March 2021 due to the usual COVID-19 delays. Natsume will launch the game on March 2 in the Americas, and Rising Star Games with Nintendo of Europe will launch the game in European regions on March 5. As we’ve previously reported, the game is available for preorder now, with the standard edition offering a cute chicken plushie as a preorder bonus and a limited edition that comes with assorted goodies.
As its name would suggest, Harvest Moon: One World applies global ambitions to the familiar farming simulator gameplay. The unusual story is that vegetables have stopped growing for some reason, and “only an old book gives hints of what once was.” From the “gorgeous beaches of Halo Halo to the snowy mountains of Salmiakki,” you’ll be traveling a whole world in search of the solution to bring the veggies back.
The way it works, somehow, is that you need to locate the “tiny Harvest Wisps” imbued with fruit and vegetable seed knowledge by the Harvest Goddess. Harvest Wisps appear at different times in different locations, but finding them will give you the knowledge you need to get things growing again. Harvest Moon: One World has a quirky concept, but the series could probably use this innovation in order to keep up with its (very) close peer, Story of Seasons.