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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 (JP). In other regions, you'll find Natsume, XSeed Games, Marvelous (EU), and Rising Star involved in the series' release.

The latest version of the mainstream farming series that have been released 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 one feline intern. 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.

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SoS: PoOT Expansion Pass Details and New Indie-Farmie Kickstarter | Posted at 02:28 PM 2021 1 22 January 2021

Happy Farm'n Friday! A big batch of succulents arrived this week, thanks to the wide variety available from Etsy. The plush plant went into the kitty flower pot, while others are just cuttings of succulent plants that will have to be enticed to grow roots. I will be trying the water-bottle propagation technique, as I always have a terrible time with the standard method of simply placing cuttings onto bare dirt and hoping for the best.

As for my adventures through Rune Factory 4 SE, the townsfolk implied that I needed to find a date for the next-day Christmas festival. The fellow who has the highest friendship with the princess was Dylas, so I figured I needed to tell him that I loved him to get a date. He told me to talk to him the next day while he thought about my statement. Apparently, now we're going steady or something? I just wanted a date for the festival!

I also managed to find my way through the floating castle maze and defeated the big bad guy at the end. The credits rolled, and I returned to Selphia castle, only to hear the residents tell me that something still doesn't feel right. Guess I'll keep playing!

Mr.Fogu keeps asking, "Aren't you done with that game yet?!"

SoS:PoOT Expansion Pass Announced

A special bonus DLC package will be made available for players of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town. The special pass will cost 2,500円 in Japan, $19.99 in North America, €19.99 in Europe, and £17.99 in the United Kingdom. Purchasing this pass grants players a monthly schedule of extra download content for the game. In Japan, the special-release content will become available in March 2021 and run until August (6 months). In North America and Europe, the releases will begin in April 2021 and run until August (5 months). All regions will receive the same content, but NA and EU get two of the content packs merged into one month.

JP: March, NA and EU: April

This bundle includes new animal costumes for the protagonist and equivalent costumes for the game's marriage candidates. Also added will be a new scenario with Mikey and Cindy as the three of you investigate a mysterious incident in the game.

JP: April, NA and EU: May

The second part will include a new area in the game called Windswept Falls, where four characters from Harvest Moon: A New Beginning will live: Dunhill, Hina, Neil, and Felicity, the latter two being new marriage candidates added to PoOT. Felicity's name is "Felicia" in the Japanese version of ANB. Knowing how XSeed tends to use the original names rather than Natsume's localized names, there is a possibility that her name could change when this part of the expansion pass is released in English. The new areas added via the expansion pass will not have crop-growing capabilities.

JP: May

This set will include new school uniform costumes for the protagonists and the 10 main marriage candidates.

All Regions: June

For North America and Europe, the new school uniform costumes will be released.

Everyone who purchased the expansion pass will receive a new area called Terracotta Oasis. This new space will house four more characters from previous entries in the series, this time from the first Story of Seasons game: Giorgio, Doctor Marian, Iris, and Raeger. Like before, the last two will be marriageable.

All Regions: July

Summertime brings new yukata kimono costumes to the protagonists and 10 main marriage candidates. We'll also get a new scenario featuring the Earth Sprites, who want to rejuvenate their legendary dance and hold a celebratory feast.

All Regions: August

This last release will bring the Twilight Island area to the game, where characters from Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns will be found: Moriya, Tigre, Lisette, and Ludus. Yep, two more marriage candidates!

Those who purchase the expansion pass will also be given additional in-game costumes. The starting costumes for the protagonists in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns and Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will be downloadable to pass holders once the game is released in February (Japan) or March (everywhere else).

A small note from the JP eShop indicates that the set of SoS:3oT and SoS:FoMT farmer outfits will become available in-game at the beauty salon after Olive Town has reached "level 3," and the clothing can be worn regardless of the protagonists' gender.

Also, at the moment, players cannot purchase specific parts of the expansion pass (e.g., you can't simply buy the extra marriage candidates and not the costumes). This could possibly change in the future.

Digital SoS:PoOT Preorders

The Nintendo eShop version of Pioneers was also made available this week in various regions. The eShop profile page indicates at the digital version requires 2.5 GB of storage space, supports the Pro controller and cloud saves, and has some touchscreen support (though the eShop doesn't specify what you can do with the touch screen).

In Europe and UK, the digital preorder for the base game is €49.99 or £44.99. The game + expansion pass will cost €19.99/£17.99. There will be a 15% discount for digital preorders. Digital preorders from the Nintendo eShop will receive a region-exclusive white fox costume for the protagonist to wear. The fox costume can also be purchased separately for €1.99.

In Australia, the digital preorder for the base game is $79.99 AUD, but there is NO listing for the expansion pass on the eShop. The expansion pass is also not mentioned as having an AUD price on the announcement from Marvelous. The fox costume is available in this region as a separate download for $3.00 AUD.

In Japan, the digital preorder is 5,920円. The game + expansion pass bundle is available for 8,395円. The game and the game + expansion bundle are 10% off until March 14, when they'll return to full price (6,578円 and 9,328円). Digital Nintendo eShop preorders will receive the Neil clothing outfit.

The JP eShop also lists the planned release dates of each part of the expansion:

Digital eShop preorders are not yet available in North America.

New Kickstarter - SunySide

A new indie-developed farming game, SunySide, launched on Kickstarter a little bit ago:

Sunnyside is a farming JRPG with modern gameplay and deep social sim aspects. Create your character as you win the auction to a recently abandoned farm in the town of Sunnyside. You find yourself surrounded in a big world breathing with life and adventure to find in every corner. Almost everything in Sunnyside is interactable. You can craft, build, and plan to your heart's content. With so many things to do in Sunnyside, you won't find a moment wondering what to do next; there is so much gameplay in our farming JRPG.

Sounds pretty impressive! A successfully-backed campaign will help RainyGames meet their planned release goals: on PC in first-quarter 2022, with a console release in the second quarter of 2022. You can learn more information on the project's campaign page:

Until next time!

- Cher
(Sunny days, sweeping the clouds awaaaay...)

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