Today, XSEED Games announced that it would be localizing the next Harvest Moon game for North America. This is strange news, as Natsume usually has localizing duties for the Harvest Moon franchise.
What is even weirder? The game will not be called Harvest Moon in America. In North America, the game will be called Story of Seasons. Apparently, Natsume holds all rights to the Harvest Moon name, so XSEED, a subsidiary of Marvelous AQL (Atlus of America), is not able to use the Harvest Moon name.
Story of Seasons will be released later this year in North America. The game allows players to fully customize their character as they live their lives in Oak Tree Town. Players will have to participate in hard work, including taking care of crops and raising animals, in order to make money and expand their farm.
Story of Seasons will be shown off at E3 this year, so expect a preview in June.