Our monthly developer diary series will give you a little bit of insight into the development behind Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. Fans have regularly asked us to “peel back the mysterious curtain” on game development, and we’re happy to share some of what goes into a game.
SEPTEMBER’S DEVELOPER DIARY: THE EXPANDED CROPS SYSTEM
Today, we’ll focus on the crops of the Lost Valley. Let’s start with the simple, unassuming cabbage: You plant it, water it, and when it comes time to harvest it, you’ll have a traditional, normal, green cabbage, right? Nope! Not in this game! There are 10 different ways your cabbage can grow, such as a great cabbage, a red cabbage, or other mutations, depending on the various ways you grow it!
In Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, each crop has numerous variants that players will need to discover! This goes beyond both the regular and “giant” versions of crops found in games like Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, but also mutations, such as purple flowers growing from pink seeds, pearl onions growing from a normal onion seeds, and even some mysterious pumpkin mutations that may grow when planted in swampy ground…which brings us to over 100 crops!
Players will need to experiment to discover all the different crop variations, and to do so, they’ll need to think outside the traditional field. With the capacity to plant anywhere within the Lost Valley, crops can be sowed at higher or lower elevations, closer to or further away from water, on dry land or swampy ground. Not every plant in these locations may result in a mutated plant, so farmers will need to keep trying for rare veggies and flowers!
Are you ready to take on the challenge of becoming a crop-growing master? Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley comes to the 3DS and 2DS soon!
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