Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, the farm and life simulation that I initially sold my soul to as a child, is being remade as Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. And now, thankfully, it’s confirmed to be coming to PC as well.
The version of A Wonderful Life was originally announced at a Nintendo Direct in September, but did not specify whether it would also launch on PC stores. Surely it has to, I thought, after the last few Story of Seasons games hit PC. I immediately reached out to the publisher Marvelous to check, trust me, but I didn’t hear back right away. A new trailer broke the news today.
A Wonderful Life isn’t the first Harvest Moon game, mind you, but it’s the first that many people my age encountered on the GameCube and PlayStation 2. As is tradition, your main character moves to Forget-Me-Not. Valley (in the Forgotten Valley remake, funnily enough) to take over a farm from his (or his or theirs, now) dead father, eventually marry and have a child, while buying new crops and animals. It was the first game in the series where your child would grow up and choose their career as well.
“This version of a beloved classic features tons of new events, improved festivals, more cooking recipes, and a never-before-seen cornucopia of crops.” He says wonderful of the remake “With the option to play as a male, female or non-binary protagonist, as well as all the marriage candidates available for romance regardless of that choice, you can really be whoever you want to be.”
In the trailer for the remake you can spot a suitable creative character with a choice of two outfits, skin tones, hairstyles and faces. Like the name of the valley, the marriage candidates and other characters have also changed their names. That’s probably the rat’s nest of rights and licensing when going from Harvest Moon to Story of Seasons. Rest assured, however, that the main theme of the game remains the same. The music really sets the mood in the valley.
I actually pulled out my childhood GameCube to play A Wonderful Life several years ago and yes, it’s a clunky thing to control and otherwise lacks the same modern conveniences as many. Games like Stardew Valley (So it was inspired by Harvest Moon, of course) which we now have on PC.
A Wonderful Life remake looks pretty fresh though, more so than the 2003 Game Boy game Story of Seasons Friends of Mineral Town. I’m a fan of nostalgia, but the focus on a proper character creator, new crops, and open marriage candidates seems to me to be a good sign that this Story of Seasons game could be a true S-level remake.
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life doesn’t have a release date yet, but is expected to launch in summer 2023 on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.