Harvest Moon: Connect to a New Land is set to launch in North America on Nintendo 3DS later this year. However, you may not recognize it because it has been retitled as Story of Seasons.
Why the name change you ask? Harvest Moon has been published by Natsume Inc. for the past 20 years in North America, but from now on it will be published by Xseed. Xseed is owned by the developer of Harvest Moon in Japan, MarvelousAQL. So because they are a different publisher, they do not have the rights to the Harvest Moon name; which is fine considering that in Japan the series is called Farm Story.
MarvelousAQL and XSEED state that players will be able to “create fully customizable character[s], selecting gender, hair style and facial features as desired. They will then take on their role as the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms – from livestock and seeds to décor and layout – granting total freedom to shape their homestead as they wish and fit virtually any play style.”
I have been a Harvest Moon fan since I was in elementary school. I have owned just about every single game in the series other than the handheld ones. It saddens me to see that the series will no longer have the same title I grew up with, but excites me that they are still bringing them over to North America. I do not currently own a 3DS but this game just may be one more reason for me to buy one soon.