Marking the 25th Anniversary of the successful farm simulation game franchise Bokujo Monogatari (previously known as Harvest Moon in the west), Marvelous Europe and XSEED Games have released Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town in their respective markets. In this latest chapter, players will be brought into a new farming life experience of exploration, romance and farm chores – as they work towards restoring their grandfather’s land to its former glory.
When you aren’t tending to livestock or planting crops, there are other activities you can undertake such as meeting the locals, reshape untamed wilderness and personalise you home with what they have described as “a level of customisation never-before-seen in the series”.
Some promoted features of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town include:
A Wild World of Discovery
Tame the wilderness of the peninsula, discover the flora and fauna that make it their home and unearth the secrets of the world around you. Work with the land to build the farm of your dreams from the ground up. Build facilities wherever you see fit, level up your farming skills and craft everything from fences to sprinklers for crops!
Cultivate Your Farm, Cultivate Your Town
Gather and process materials to fulfil requests and improve Olive Town’s infrastructure, upgrade tools, or commission new outfits and accessories
Simple Mechanics, Deep Gameplay
Fledgling farmers can rest easy with the return of Seedling Mode and Normal Mode, with a new request system highlighting the fresh features while you lend a hand to the locals! Veteran players ready to create a bustling farm of their own will find all the core elements of the STORY OF SEASONS series, with new twists on classic gameplay.
There’s Always Something Going on in Olive Town
Participate in local festivals as the town comes to life with events that are new to the series! Get to know your neighbours better and you may even find love with a special someone among them.
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town can now be purchased digitally via the Nintendo eShop and physically exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. The standard digital and physical editions will set you back £44.99 / €49.99 / $79.95 AUD, while a Deluxe edition offering 10 marriage candidate trading cards, an A5 notebook and poster will retail for £54.99 / €59.99.
This instalment will also feature post-launch downloadable content, which is also available as part of an ‘Expansion Pass’ priced at £17.99/€19.99 with a 15% launch discount being offered for the first three weeks of release. Those who purchase the Expansion Pass, either stand-alone or as part of the bundle, will also receive immediate access to three costume sets inspired by outfits from past STORY OF SEASONS games.
The Fox Costume, which was previously only made available as a pre-order bonus for digital pre-orders on the Nintendo eShop, is also now available to purchase digitally in Europe and Australia for £1.79 / €1.99 / $3.00 AUD. This Fox Costume is not included as part of the Expansion Pass and can only be purchased separately from the Nintendo eShop.