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Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Release Date: Nov. 4, 2022

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'Harvestella' Shows Off New Locations, Characters, Game Mechanics And More - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 28, 2022 @ 1:28 a.m. PDT

Through the changing seasons, explore an imaginative world, tend your crops, make new friends, face enemies in dynamic combat, and unravel the mystery of the season of death, Quietus.

Featuring concept art by Isamu Kamikokuryo (Final Fantasy XII) and music by Go Shiina (Tales series), Harvestella, will let players experience a beautiful world that changes with the flow of the seasons and enjoy a variety of gameplay including tending to crops, befriending townspeople and adventuring into challenging dungeons.

Harvestella is set in a vibrant and colourful world where four giant crystals called “Seaslight” create a stable change between the four seasons. The adventure begins as abnormalities in the Seaslight begin to appear, creating the “Quietus,” a season of death that takes place between the naturally occurring four seasons. During the Quietus the crops wither and people cannot venture outside, and troublingly, these seasons are mysteriously growing longer with each year.

During one particular Quietus, your character - a traveler - collapses in an isolated village. You meet a girl called Aria, who claims to have come from the future and is researching the mysteries of this new, unwelcome season. Thus you and she take the first step on a journey that will reveal the very truth of the world.

Summer Locations: Seaside Town Shatolla

A seaside town, where many residents support themselves through fishing. There is a large tavern in the centre of Shatolla . Fishers who have finished a hard day’s work gather here to drink and sing

Story Of Seaside, Shatolla

Ever since the change in the Seaslight , giant bubbles have been appearing on the seas by Shatolla . People call these the Summer Simultaneously, a whispered rumour begins to spread amongst the fishing community...
Of the sea witch, Lorelei.
Whose singing voice drags ships to the bottom of the ocean.
And in the tavern in the centre of town, a singer kn ow n as Emo tries to bring courage and cheer to the fishers.

Characters From Shatolla

Heine - Occupation: Inventor

“Sometimes we need to learn how to
negotiate with our pain in order to survive.”

An inventor with an atelier in Shatolla
A young man who spends his days entirely absorbed in creating inventions.
Everyone treats him as a bit of an eccentric.
A dandy and a ladies’ man, he’s quick to start flirting with women.

Emo - Occupation: Tavern singer

The diva of the tavern in Shatolla.
She seems to have a somewhat otherworldly air about her...

Adventure: Jobs

Jobs have unique weapons and use characteristic skills. By recruiting a character with a certain job, the player controlled protagonist will also become able to use that same job.

  • Woglinde: A job that wields magic through song to support the team. Can also perform charge attacks.
  • Mechanic: A job proficient at physical attacks and weakening enemies. Can also perform charge attacks.

Adventure: Skills

Jobs have their own unique skills, which you can obtain from each job's Skill Board. Some skills can be performed in battle while others take effect simply by being acquired.

  • Skill Boards: JP ( Job Points ) are required to obtain skills. JP can be gained by defeating enemies in battle. Gradually unlock more and more panels and obtain skills that grant all kinds of effects!

Daily Life: Special Summer Produce

Some produce can be harvested all year round, while some kinds of fruit and vegetables can only be harvested in a particular season! Savour the seasonal work on the farm and cuisine particular to each season.

Summer Produce

  • Shatollan Paprika
  • Macocoa
  • Seatide Garlic
  • Bellhop

Cuisine Using Summer Produce

  • Fisherman's Sandwich
  • Melting Chocolate Fondant
  • Hop Juice
  • Shrimp & Mushroom al Ajillo

Plus many more kinds of Summer produce and cuisine!

Daily Life: Waterside And Cave Biomes

There are some fields in special environments, unlike the regular field outside the protagonist’s home. Use these fields to cultivate crops suited to waterside or cave locations, which can only be grown in these areas.

  • Waterside Biome: An irrigated field full of water. Sweet crops grow well.
  • Cave Biome: Spices and other seasonings grow well in the dry ground.

Daily Life: Renovation 1

The Renovator in Lethe can help you to improve your daily life, from expanding your fields, building or extending animal enclosures, or constructing a kitchen counter to allow you to cook.

Daily Life: Renovation 2

  • Kitchen Counter: Placing a kitchen counter will allow you to cook meals. The meals you cook with the ingredients you collect and the produce you grow are essential on your adventures for example, meals can recover your stamina and HP.
  • Animal Enclosures: Having an animal enclosure built will allow you to rear livestock. You can increase the number of livestock you can keep by building more animal pens.

A free downloadable demo for Harvestella containing the opening days of your farm’s first season is available on Nintendo Switch.  

Plus, save data from the demo can be transferred to the full game once purchased.

In this life simulation RPG, players will grow and tend to crops, use ingredients to cook and craft items, and venture into the overworld, which vibrantly changes based on the season, to visit different towns, interact with townsfolk, go fishing and more. Players can select from various Jobs, such as Fighter, Shadow Walker, and Mage, and venture into dungeons with their party to discover the origins of the world as well as the truth behind the calamity along the way.

Nemea Town, where cherry trees bloom all year round. Shatolla, a seaside town home to a bustling tavern. Lethe Village, resplendent in the vibrant colours of the four seasons. The Holy Capital of Argene, cloaked in snow. Use the world map to travel to all these settlements and their respective dungeons. You will have to traverse beautiful, treacherous paths to reach the Seaslights – four giant crystals that govern the seasons.

Overcome battles by switching seamlessly between jobs during combat – including the Fighter, adept with swift sword techniques, the Shadow Walker, which deals critical wounds with twin blades, or the Mage, specialising in magic attacks. When faced with a mighty foe, skilfully target their weak points to inflict the Double Break state and take them down in an instant!

Harvestella is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) on November 4, 2022.

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