Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Has “Exceeded Expectations” Says Natsume

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley has “exceeded expectations” according to Natsume president and CEO Hiro Maekawa.


“It is because of the strong support of loyal Harvest Moon fans like you that Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is performing beyond our expectations in North America,” Maekawa said to fans on the company’s Facebook page. He goes on to mention that that Natsume look forward to the game’s upcoming launch in Europe.


Additionally, Maekawa says, Natsume’s new Harvest Moon series is going to continue.


Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is the true beginning of great things to come in the series as we will be building upon fan feedback, media comments and our own 18 years of experience with the franchise,” he writes.


While the game itself is out now, Natsume plan on releasing downloadable content for it starting later this month. New DLC will be released every month through April.


Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is the first in Natsume’s own series of Harvest Moon games. A reshuffling of publishing responsibilities in North America has left Xseed in charge of the original Harvest Moon franchise (now titled Story of Seasons) while Natsume—who own the “Harvest Moon” name—have begun creating their own Harvest Moon games with a distinctly different gameplay style.

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