Natsume have announced that they have today launched their latest title Hometown Story, an E10+ friendly game which you might be able to call a merger between Harvest Moon and Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale. Designed by the father of Harvest Moon Yasuhiro Wada and his TOYBOX studio, Hometown Story is out now for the Nintendo 3DS with a suggested retail price of $39.99 USD.
In a lush, green village tucked away in the countryside, players will reunite with old friends and meet new ones. After the recent passing of your grandmother, the shop you’ve inherited has brought you back to your hometown. However, the shop has become run down, and no one wants to even window shop there anymore. Can you turn the shop around and even expand it, or is it destined to stay in the red forever? The more items you sell, the more customers will come to your shop, and as you manage your shop better you can expand and the village will prosper! Hometown Story aims to take players to a fantastic world filled with color and hope.
You won’t have to go it alone, though. With help from a magical sprite named Pochica, you’ll get the store back up and running, along with introducing you to all of the unique characters who reside in the town. The villagers will all change and grow throughout the game, and that person who you thought might be up to no good when you first met them just might have a heart of gold! Your experiences will be completely different from anyone else’s. You’ll never know what to expect in Hometown Story.
Hiro Maekawa | President and CEO at Natsume Inc.
With over 100 characters in your hometown to meet and interact with, the decisions players make will impact their game each time they play. With the adorable Pochica at your side, your shop will grow from a tiny market to a bustling social center for the whole town to visit!