Harvestella Begins to Grow on Us With a New Feature Showcase

Harvestella Begins to Grow on Us With a New Feature Showcase

Harvestella just showcased some of its other gameplay systems. It was originally announced at the end of June to be a mix of Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon, and Final Fantasy.

Harvestella Begins to Grow on Us With a New Feature Showcase

  • Genre: RPG, Life Sim, Sandbox
  • Developed by: Square Enix
  • Published by: Square Enix
  • Release date: November 4, 2022
  • Price: $59.99
  • Platforms: Windows (Steam), Nintendo Switch

Fans of the life simulation gameplay of Stardew Valley have Harvestella to look forward to in the early weeks of November this year. The farming-slash-adventure RPG is being developed by none other than Square Enix. In fact, Square is quite busy with Final Fantasy XVI, Star Ocean, DioField Chronicle, and Valkyrie Elysium (too bad Forspoken got pushed to next year). It is surprising that they’re releasing even more projects.

The Mysterious Seaslight

The Mysterious Seaslight

Square Enix just released a new blog post that details more of the game’s features. It also heavily shows off a lot of its art, particularly some yummy-looking food items that the players can collect and cook.

Town of Eternal Spring

Harvestella features a total of five seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The last and most dangerous and mysterious season is called Quietus. This unnatural phenomenon destroys crops and blankets the land in eternal dust storms. The people of Harvestella are unable to function, or even simply leave their homes during the worst parts of the Quietus season.

Harvestella's Town of Spring

Harvestella’s Town of Spring

Square Enix featured the first of four cities in Harvestella. Nemea, the Town of Spring is a beautiful little alcove that is blessed with eternal spring. The town is quite unique with its uniform white stone buildings, intricate stairways, and towering bridges.

Nemea at Night

Nemea at Night

During the day the city is baked in a vibrant soft violet reflected by the various flowers that grow around the busy streets. Nighttime brings upon a peaceful dark violet ambiance that is both relaxing and breathtaking, mostly due to the abundance of cherry blossoms. Plants are able to thrive despite the seasons because of the Spring Seaslight, one of the great crystals that influence the natural order of the seasons.

Harvestella Job Classes

We were able to touch upon briefly last time that Harvestella’s combat will be quite a bit more intricate than Stardew Valley. The player character will have access to multiple Job Classes which will define their moveset and playstyle. Square Enix previously announced the physical damage Fighter (who has access to both melee and ranged attacks), the stealthy Shadow Walker (somewhat similar to the rogue archetype), and the Mage, who can use magic. Because of course they can.

The Skylancer Job Class

The Skylancer Job Class

Now the newest Harvestella class is confirmed to be the Sky Lancer. This new class is adept at using spears for their attacks and is able to imbue themselves with wind properties. Sky Lancers’ spears are also able to attack at a longer distance than direct melee and can use sweeping hits to damage multiple foes.

Square Enix also confirmed that Harvestella classes will unlock whenever they recruit characters that have that specific class. Speaking of characters…

All the World’s a Stage

The player character can’t spend all their time rummaging through the dirt or discovering the secrets of the Quietus. During downtime, players can choose to socialize with various NPCs and find out more about them. Each prospective ally that can be recruited has their own unique story to tell.

Harvestella - Recruit New Allies

Recruit New Allies

Like most RPGs, they will approach the player character with their problems. If they choose to help these people, the player will learn more about them and start to bond, progressing their friendship. It hasn’t been confirmed yet if there will be romanceable options.

Progress Your Friendships

Progress Your Friendships

One newly introduced Harvestella ally is Istina, a local teacher in the town of Nemea. Intellectual, yet reserved, Istina enjoys her work teaching children and spreading stories from the land.

Nature’s Spring

Just like in the real world, some types of plants in Harvestella will only flourish in certain seasons or conditions. Since this update has focused primarily on Spring so far, Square Enix showed off some Spring produce that the player can take care of and harvest.

Up for Some Pasta

Up for Some Pasta

Players will be able to plant Nemean Tomatoes, Wisty Peaches, Cucumbles, and Srawbuddies. They can use these ingredients, combined with many more secret herbs and spices, and create full-course meals. Some of these include Nemea Bolognese, Peach Rose Mousse, Zucchini, and Mince Sandwiches, and my favorite, a humble Strawberry Shortcake.

Let's Go Fishing!

Let’s Go Fishing!

And just like in every other life simulator, the player will be able to partake in fishing. It looks like we’ll be able to spend hours and hours on end, sitting in one spot waiting for the perfect bite. As long as the player gets a great fishing rod, a good spot, and the right bait, they’ll be sure to catch a feast.

Harvestella Moon

Harvestella will be released on November 4, 2022. The game has only been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch and PC so far. Hopefully, the other consoles get a taste of the nature of Harvestella.

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