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The Ushi No Tane websites specialize in information, FAQs, and guides about the Nintendo console versions of the Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, and Legend of the River King video games. These game genres are created and published in Japan by Marvelous. In other regions, you'll find Natsume, XSeed Games, Marvelous AQL of Europe, and Rising Star involved in the series' release.

The latest version of the mainstream farming series in various regions of the world are:

The latest version of River King, in all regions of the world, is River King: Mystic Valley (NA 2008, EU 2009).

Since 2000, Ushi no Tane has been run by a grouchy old lady who happens to be fond of video game agriculture along with two feline interns. The website is not officially affiliated, sponsored, endorsed, or employed by the developers of Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, or River King. This is simply a fan site.

Latest Harvest Moon News

Farm Folks and Prima Games will Close | Posted at 08:14 PM on 09 November 2018
Happy Farm'n Friday! Last weekend was the start of my Christmas light installation season! The roofline red/white G20 bulbs were installed (318 bulbs), but the weather became rainy and for safety reasons I headed back inside for the weekend. I was able to haul all of the supplies out of the attic in preparation for this weekend's projects, as the weather is predicted to be clear for the next six days.

The clear weather will be appreciated, as I even took next week off from work to have the daylight time for installing the display before Thanksgiving! Let's do this!

Farm Folks Update

The developers of Farm Folks have announced that they plan to have a small alpha build of their game available to alpha-tier Kickstarter backers in December, with a copy of the full alpha build later in Spring 2019. Overgrown has also revealed they will not have combat in their farming game:

"Yet for us we feel that combat took away from the farming focus in games like Stardew Valley and Rune Factory, where some people would spend more time fighting monsters while mining for ore upgrades than building a booming farm or ranch. This is not something we want to risk with Farm Folks, and would like to make it very clear that farming will be the core gameplay component."

There are over 50 crops planned for the game, with some one-time crops and some multi-harvest crops included. Good care of the crops will increase the crops' star rating, with perfect being rated at 5 stars. Crops with high star rating can mutate into gold or silver varieties, or perhaps grow into giant versions. Fertilizer can be added to affect crop growth, and crop diseases can negatively impact your plants. If you spot a disease on your crops, you can prune it away or remove the plant completely before the crop disease spreads to your other plants.

The developer also explained that placement of the crops can be important, as some crops will have benefits for the crops planted nearby. An example they gave is the placement of a turnip crop next to a field of carrots. The turnip will have an influence on the nearby carrots, reducing the chance of the carrots being impacted by a crop disease. The influence and types of crops are still in development, of course, so that might not be exactly the same when the game is officially released.

Yesterday the developers announced that they are an Unreal Dev Grant Recipient, meaning they have been granted $20,000 by Epic Games to develop their farming game using the Unreal Engine 4. Congrats!

The Last Chapter for Prima Games Guides

EGM is reporting that the Dorling Kindersley (DK), a division of Penguin Random House publishing, will be closing its in-print game guide publisher Prima Games in the US by Spring 2019, with the Indianapolis office ending its publication next March. Prima Games is the company that published the strategy guide for Harvest Moon: Light of Hope (both hard-cover physical book and digital eBook). The company also includes Bradygames Strategy Guides, which published the Harvest Moon: Magical Melody & Harvest Moon DS soft-cover game guide back in 2006.

The website Publishers Weekly quoted DK's CEO, Ian Hudson, as stating:

"During a year-long extensive review, many new ways were explored to diversify Prima Games publishing; however, the dynamics for us of this fast-paced landscape have continued to prove difficult," Ian Hudson, DK's CEO, wrote in a memo. "This enormously dedicated team has made every effort to turn the business around, but challenging market conditions have unfortunately worked against them."

The Light of Hope guide is still for sale on the Prima Games website if you're interested.

Until next time!

- Cher
(Mr.Fogu wants to build an Intern Boo effigy into the light display this year. Meowjin Boo may become part of our Christmas display!)
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