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Square Enix Announces Stardew Valley-like RPG, Harvestella

Bullet Club

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Square Enix Announces Stardew Valley-like RPG, Harvestella​


Don't let the season of Death bring you down.

Square Enix announced a new game today that combines the fantasy worlds the company is known for with life-sim gameplay.

Harvestella is a brand new life-sim RPG in which players can farm, craft items, and collect materials, all while building their character's life and settlement. While players can live through various seasons like Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, there is a fifth season, Quietus, or the season of Death.

During Quietus, players must do what they can to prevent the Death season from destroying the idyllic lifestyle of their hometown.

Harvestella looks very much like a Square Enis JRPG, with a fantastical world full of creatures, but while combat gameplay might look familiar, the game is also focused on Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon-like mechanics around farming, collecting materials, and building new tools and equipment.

Square Enix's foray into the popular life-sim genre is definitely head-turning, though the company is also experimenting with the genre by adding a Stardew Valley-like mode in Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker.

Source: IGN
 

envyzeal

Member


Jesus Christ I’m 100% in. Fantasy Life vibes with square/final fantasy aesthetic?
 
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Jennings

Member
I still don't know how to play Stardew Valley. What is my goal? I've cleared the mine but I don't know what's supposed to happen next. Maybe I'll do better in this game.
 

SJRB

Gold Member
Sure, why not. I'll give it a try if it's as mellow as Stardew.

Edit: lol as soon as I type this I see the bit in the trailer with the insanely massive bossfight. Yeah, don't think this is as chill as Stardew. Kinda doing both games a disservice with that direct comparison, I feel.
 
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Exentryk

Member
Game looks interesting, but I don't care for life-sims. So pass for me. If it were a normal RPG, I'd get it.
 

jaysius

Member
I loved Stardew, but Stardew turns into a real grind mid game, the time and energy things are gimmicks to "keep you from doing everything" or "keep you from getting sick of this game" but they just piss me off and annoy me.
 

Meicyn

Gold Member
Life sim, until it’s time to kill some stuff to turn the life sim back on. I’ll give it a go.
 

Fbh

Gold Member
Looks pretty fun, I like the art direction and there seems to be a good mix of farming, exploring and fighting.

Seems more inspired by Rune Factory than Stardew Valley though
 

jshackles

Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the capability to make the world's first enhanced store. Steam will be that store. Better than it was before.
I'm definitely keeping my eye on this one.
 

YukiOnna

Member
Not Rune Factory tier in art department, but definitely getting this at launch. Never get tired of this genre.
 

Andyliini

Member
I'm usually not into farming RPG's, but Square has been such a good support for Switch that I'm actually thinking of getting this. There's lots of other games coming atound the same time though.
 

jshackles

Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the capability to make the world's first enhanced store. Steam will be that store. Better than it was before.
I wonder if this is getting a physical release...
 

NeoIkaruGAF

Gold Member
Looks extremely promising, but sims are not my jam unfortunately.
Such a pity, the trailer’s music alone is better than most game music I’ve heard lately.
 

Hugare

Member
Farming in one second and killing a huge Nier Automata boss in another is just jarring

Weird af. But looks competent in terms of graphics and mechanics.
 
Farming in one second and killing a huge Nier Automata boss in another is just jarring

Weird af. But looks competent in terms of graphics and mechanics.
I've been playing Deadcraft for a few weeks. It's fun to farm and craft for a bit, then fight zombies when you're done.
 

Mikado

Member
The Death Season sounds like it's one of those aggressive time management simulators disguised as a waifus-and-chill game. Turns out you've already lost the game halfway through if you aren't doing the optimal thing all along.

Atelier/Stardew/Persona games stress me the hell out. I've got enough disaster timers counting down in my real life.
 
Pretty good visuals overall, but why do the farming sections completely lack shadows? It genuinely makes it look like a PS2 game.
 
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