The whole Harvest Moon Story of Season name change was quite a big deal in its time. Basically, when XSEED Games took over publishing duties, it couldn’t still use the Harvest Moon name. Natsume took it over and began using it with games it developed. So the original Bokujou Monogatari titles were localized with a new moniker: Story of Seasons. As part of the company’s 15th anniversary celebrations, an achievement marked in November 2019, it has revealed historical tidbits. Now, one is about other potential names being tossed around before Story of Seasons was settled on.
On Facebook, XSEED Games brought up three other possibilities from back when the whole Harvest Moon Story of Seasons change was going on. Two seem genuinely serious, while the remaining title is a little more lighthearted. Two had to do with seasons, specifically “Autumn Wind” and “Summer Solstice.” Both of these referenced the change in seasons in the game and how they influence farming. The third option, however, was “Plow & Propose.” This calls attention to two gameplay elements, which are the farming aspects and the ability to enter into relationships with villagers and marry them.
Story of Seasons was the name the company landed on. It has been used for five games so far. Three are the mainline entries Story of Seasons (3DS), Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS), and Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Switch). The other two are the spin-offs Doraemon: Story of Seasons (Switch and PC) and Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale (3DS).