Natsume To Publish Harvest Moon Creator’s New Game

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Harvest Moon creator, Yasuhiro Wada, now has a company of his own, named Toybox Inc. While Wada himself plays all sorts of games from Diablo to Skyrim, the kinds of games he likes to make are the ones that he feels can bring joy to people. Thus, Toybox’s goal is to create games “for love, peace and earth”.


If you know Wada’s habits as a game designer, you likely won’t be surprised by the name of his new game—Project Happiness. That isn’t the game’s final title, but it’s what publishers, Natsume and Rising Star, are using for the time being. Yes, Natsume will publish Toybox’s first major game, and the title will be at E3. Today, they shared over Twitter:


“Natsume Inc., alongside TOYBOX and Rising Star Games, is pleased to announce Project Happiness (official title pending). Developed by Yasuhiro Wada, the father of Harvest Moon, at his TOYBOX Studio in Japan, Project Happiness will warm the hearts of gamers. Wada-san and Natsume will host behind-closed doors meetings to reveal the first details of Project Happiness at E3 in just 6 days!”


When we spoke to Wada earlier in the year, he told us: “I feel the world needs games that emotionally move people and give them the strength to live another day, and games that you would have fun talking about with your friends and family.” You can read more of his thoughts in our last interview with him.


We’ll have further details on Project Happiness once Wada and Natsume have more to say about the game at E3.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.