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Story of Seasons vs Harvest Moon: Lost Valley


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Okay, so this has been confusing a lot of people lately so I thought I'd briefly try and clarify this issue somewhat. In 1996, a Japanese company called Victor Interactive, (now known as Marvelous Interactive) created a game called: Bokujō Monogatari.

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Marvelous Interactive wanted the game to be released in North America, and so a Japanese company called Natsume, had their American branch in charge of translating and distributing the game in the West. Natsume changed the name to Harvest Moon, to appeal more to North Americans.

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Ok, so now back to the present.. Because Natsume has the patent for the name 'Harvest Moon', Marvelous was unable to use that name, and so Xseed-an American subsidary of Marvelous was in charge of production and named their new title: Story of Seasons.

Natsume is creating an entirely new farming franchise with Lost Valley, and although it will probably be a lot of fun, I think Harvest Moon fans have a right to know who is ultimately developing each game.

Lost Valley:
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I'm personally excited for both games, Lost Valley looks like a new take on the farming genre, it lets you place blocks of land in a somewhat similar style to Minecraft which could prove to add a whole new dimension to the farming genre.

Story Of Seasons:
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I still don't know too much about Story of time, but I'm sure it will prove to be more akin to previous Harvest Moon installments, and for that reason alone I'll pick up a copy.
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