Square Enix announced today during the Nintendo Direct Mini a new game that combines the fantasy worlds for which the company is known with the life simulation of titles such as Stardew Valley.
Harvestella is a new life simulation RPG where players can farm, craft, and gather materials while building their character’s life and settlement. Although players can live in various seasons, such as spring, summer, fall, and winter, there is a fifth season, Quietus, or the season of death.
During the Quietus, players must do their best to prevent the Season of Death from destroying the idyllic lifestyle of their town.
Harvestella feels like a typical Square Enix JRPG, with a fantasy world teeming with creatures. Still, while the combat gameplay may seem familiar, the game also focuses on Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon-like mechanics around farming, gathering materials, and building new tools and equipment.
Square Enix’s foray into the popular life-simulation genre is certainly a first. However, the company is also experimenting with the genre by adding a Stardew Valley-like mode in Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker.
To see more of the announcements made by the company, here is our summary of all the announcements of the Nintendo Direct Mini that took place today.