As a child in the early 2000s, I spent countless hours playing classic GameCube games like Animal Crossing, The Urbz: Sims in the City, and Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life. Harvest Moon was my favorite of the three, and it kick-started my lifelong love for farming sims. The game had a satisfying sense of progression, heart, and charm that allowed players to get to know locals, woo potential spouses, and discover secrets around the Forgotten Valley as seasons changed.
Inclusivity and Personalization in Remake
The upcoming launch of Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life on June 27 is highly anticipated because of its inclusivity and personalization options. The remake offers players the ability to choose their gender or non-binary identity, customize their appearance, and marry any “bachelor or bachelorette” regardless of their choices. This openness to let players decide makes all the difference in the world by allowing players to see themselves reflected in the game.
The remake is especially meaningful to me because, as a child, I always wished to be a character of my own making in Harvest Moon. The original game only allowed players to play as a male character with three set marriage candidates, and the female version was never released in my region. The remake finally fulfills my hope by letting me create my own character and marry whoever I wish.
In conclusion, the remake of Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life is significant not only for nostalgic players but also for new generations of players who can now experience the game’s inclusivity and personalization. It is important to have games that allow players to see themselves reflected in them, especially at an early age. The remake’s ability to let players choose who they want to be and who they want to love is a step towards a more inclusive gaming industry.