Less than a month after the announcement of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town publisher Marvelous delivers a flood of new information on farming simulation. You will be shown options for designing the game world, various new characters will be introduced and much more. And it’s not that long until the publication. The new Story of Seasons will appear in Europe physically and digitally as well as with German text edition on March 26, 2021. You can pre-order the game from Amazon *.
The game is expressly celebrating its “debut” on Nintendo Switch and will appear “first” for Nintendo’s console – later on for other platforms too. In Japan, it will be released on February 25th. If you buy the title on the Nintendo eShop, you can get Neil’s jacket as downloadable content. Neil is a character from Harvest Moon 3D: A New Beginning. But now to the many new details …
New marriage candidates: Ralph and Jack
First, let’s start with what is arguably the most burning topic in the games: the marriage candidates. So far, two female and two male characters have been presented. The first of the two male candidates goes by the name of Jack and is a wildlife ranger. He is a natural leader who, despite his quiet and calm manner, knows how to act quickly in emergencies. Plus, it seems like he used to do sports.
Candidate Jack, on the other hand, is less likely to find himself in nature as the son of the owner of the general store. While he is always wondering what he could do for the city, he is reprimanded by his younger sister Cindy for his lack of motivation.
New marriage candidates: Lara and Blair
You can find a big sister guy in Lara, who is the tourist guide of Olive Town. For her, the family is one of the most important things, which is why she also takes care of her ailing father.
Blair also has a job, but hoping to get out of Olive Town one day. Originally from a city, she works in the bistro with the aim of becoming a star one day. She does this with a cheerful and determined personality.
More new characters introduced
Apart from the marriage candidates, Olive Town is of course filled with other characters who enrich your everyday life there. We would like to introduce these to you in a fast run:
Victor and Gloria are a married couple. While Victor is the mayor of Olive Town, Gloria is the museum curator. Patricia is the owner of the pet shop and loves to chat.
Unlike Patricia, Nigel doesn’t do well in conversation, but is still a kind-hearted carpenter. Jason also has a good heart and runs the city’s hotel. Finally there is Sally, the reliable hostess of the café.
New occupations like photography and city visits
In addition to the villagers, there must of course be a variety of tasks in your everyday farm life. In Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town there should be a range of new occupations in addition to the familiar ones, which have also been expanded here. First of all, we would like to introduce you to the new possibilities: photography and city visits. The latter possibility in particular reminds one or the other Switch owner of another game that was released this year …
In contrast to Animal Crossing, you cannot visit other cities with your own character, but only as a tourist. However, it is left open whether that entails any restrictions. There is no longer any possibility of taking a photo with your customizable characters.
As for photography, in addition to the well-known screenshots, you can also take photos of your farm life with a camera in-game. You can then use these photos to create a souvenir album. This is not the only use, however, you can also have photos of local animals and insects displayed in the museum.
Of course, the familiar also changes with a new entry in the series. Among other things, your farm will be advertised with a larger building area than ever before. You start in a forest area and have to clear land there so that you can cultivate it in a further step. How you set up your farm in the cultivated land is up to you.
In the forest you can also meet animals that you can raise on your farm and sometimes even prepare. Fishing is also a must here, of course, although one or two surprises can await you on a leash.
Finally, we would also like to introduce you to the so-called Coropon, with whom you can befriend so that they can give you gifts from their village. You can find these when opening up new land and if you make friends with enough, they might even take you to a special place …
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