The newest issue of Famitsu has revealed that a new Harvest Moon title is headed to Japan. The game is called Bokujo Monogatari: Tsunagari Shintenchi, which roughly translates to Harvest Moon: Connecting New Lands. According to series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto, the use of the word connecting has two meanings. This game will support both StreetPass and WiFi, trading data with friends and even visiting their farms. Global trading will also be possible through a trading station.
Importing and exporting goods from foreign lands and obtaining cash for your crops across borders are all new features to the Harvest Moon series. According to Hashimoto, trade starts out relatively small, but countries are particular about what they want from you.
“You’re able to purchase unique goods from the world’s nations, as well as send products out to them. At the start you can only trade with one nation, but as you ship more product, you’ll gain access to more and more countries. Each nation will react to your goods differently depending on their preferences, with some enjoying them but others giving more of a neutral reaction.”
Another new feature of the game is a safari zone that you can fill with animals. According to Hashimoto, this Harvest Moon game features twice the animals that previous games had. This puts a spotlight on the livestock in the game, while the safari zone caters more to the wild animals that are found throughout the game.
Currently there’s no word on when this game will be released to the rest of the world.