Remakes are a dime a dozen these days, to the point that it’s kind of exhausting. That being said, some really stand out; just look at the excitement for Resident Evil 4 Remake, which launches this week. I feel meh about that one. The one remake that excites me the most is by far Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. I vaguely remember playing the original on the Game Cube back in 2003-ish – it was still under the title of Harvest Moon back then – but I wasn’t as into farming sims then as I am now (thanks, Stardew Valley) so I’m thrilled to be able to play a remake 20 years later. Today, the game’s publishers released a new trailer showing off the game’s setting: Forgotten Valley.
The trailer shows off some gameplay while also featuring the four seasons. There are various characters and various activities shown. Tend crops, ride horses, attend festivals, and more. The trailer (slowly) states: “Rediscover the beauty of farm life, all year round. Your farming journey starts in spring. Summer sees your farm and friendships flourish. Celebrate the bounties of autumn. Winter is a time to build memories.”
As with many of these sorts of games, it begins with the player moving somewhere new to start up or rebuild a farm. Where Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life stands apart is that is spans multiple generations. Run the farm, yes, but also find a life partner and raise a child together. That child will grow up, and either carry on the farm’s legacy or branch out to new exciting things. This remake introduces new events, enhanced festivals, new crops, and more recipes.
If you’re looking for a physical copy, they will be sold for consoles. Currently, there is no pre-order available through Marvelous Europe, but XSEED Games is selling a standard edition and a premium edition (it’s only $10 more and includes a small goat plushie that I’m in love with, as well as a “large” cloth poster).
Developed by Marvelous (published by Marvelous Europe and XSEED Games), Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life will be released for PC Via Steam, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series on June 27.