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Happy New Year to our Worldwide Fans!

2020 was the year that all of us at Natsume had to work remotely from home from the middle of March throuout the year due to COVID-19 pandemic. I would like to express my sincere compassion for everyone who is going through a difficult time.

We are very fortunate that we had a good year with strong sales thanks to the support by our fans, especially Harvest Moon fans worldwide.

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, Special Edition released in 2018 and the Complete Version released in 2019 have maintained very strong sales, both physically and digitally. This title has become the best-selling Harvest Moon title among all Harvest Moon titles released in the past. We expect that this title will continue to sell throughout 2021.

2020 was the first year that we released two indie titles, Cosmic Defenders, digitally for Nintendo Switch and Legend of Ethernal digitally for a variety of platforms including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One. We are expecting that the two new titles will perform well in the coming year as well.

We have a truly exciting title to be released in early 2021. As already announced, we will be releasing the latest Harvest Moon title, Harvest Moon: One World for Switch and PS4 on March 2, 2021 in the US and for Switch on March 5, 2021 in Europe by our long time publishing partner, Rising Star Games.

Harvest Moon: One World is the biggest Harvest Moon game in its history having wide areas and exciting villages to explore while experiencing a farming life. Harvest Moon: One World will also be available for the Xbox One in the US, with a release date announcement in the near future.

Our company mission for the past 26 years has always been, and will continue to be, to “Make Everyone Happy” with exciting, interactive entertainment software for the entire family. At Natsume, “Everyone” means all of our customers, Natsume employees, and all of the people we work with, such as our development partners, our distribution partners, retailers, financial institutions, media, and all of the people who are directly or indirectly connected with Natsume and our products.

We at Natsume are committed to continuing our corporate mission to “Make Everyone Happy,” and we appreciate your continued support.

Wishing “Everyone” a very happy, healthy, and wonderful New Year!

Sincerely,
Hiro Maekawa
President & CEO, Natsume Inc.

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A Thanksgiving Message from Prez Hiro

Hello to all our Natsume fans all around the world!

This week is Thanksgiving in the US, and normally, we would be having our annual Natsume Holiday party soon. However, I think we can all agree this has not been a normal year.
Here at Natsume, we have many traditions among the staff of gathering together which we have had to put aside in 2020. As we are all working from home, the way we work and the way we communicate has changed.

But one thing we have not put aside is our commitment to Make Everyone Happy. We hope you’ve already had a chance to play our two Natsume Indie titles we’ve released this year. Our commitment to the Harvest Moon franchise also remains strong, and we’re working hard to make Harvest Moon: One World an incredible game for its launch in March 2021.

We want to take this time to thank all of our fans for their continued support during this global pandemic, and hope that in our own way, our games have been a source of joy in these uncertain times.

Whether you are new to the Natsume family or have been with us for many years, we are thinking about you! We hope you get the opportunity to spend time with family or friends safely this weekend and in the coming weeks leading up to the end of the year.

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Legends of Ethernal Dev Walkthrough

If you missed our reveal of Legends of Ethernal at New Game Plus Expo, don’t fret, we’ve got it right here for you!

See 15 minutes of gameplay footage narrated by Maxime and Francis, co-founders of Lucid Dreams Studios.

Legends of Ethernal launches in just a few months on Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch — be sure to stay tuned for more details including an official release date!

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New Game Plus Expo + Natsume = <3

We’re so excited to be participating in the New Game Plus Expo on June 23rd! Here’s all the details you’ll need to see Natsume’s titles during the livestream at https://www.twitch.tv/newgameplusexpo

FIRST, from 8AM to 9AM PDT, tune in for the NGPX Showcase with games being featured from a majority of companies participating in the expo, including Natsume! Need to convert that to your local time zone? Click HERE for to find out what time that is for you.

SECOND, from 9:30AM to 10:00AM PDT, check out an inside look of Cosmic Defenders and Legends of Ethernal, as both developers play their games and give some insight into developing. Need to convert that to your local time zone? Click HERE for to find out what time that is for you.

We’re excited to be continuing to show off the Natsume Indie titles not just this week but throughout 2020 and beyond! Our loyal farming fans can look forward to new information and reveals on Harvest Moon: One World coming in the weeks ahead. Starting in July, you’ll begin to see much more regarding our newest entry in the long-running franchise.

If you missed it before, we recently revealed the girl design of the main character for One World – see her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! We’ll be revealing all the characters in our Harvest Moon: One World Character Profile series, so stay tuned for that too.

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Natsume Indies Presents: Legends of Ethernal

Surprise! Hot on the heels of our first Natsume Indies release, we’re revealing our next title. Developed by Lucid Dreams Studios, Legends of Ethernal is coming North & South America and Europe, and will release on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam (PC/Mac) in Fall 2020.

Lucid Dreams Studios was established in 2017 a pair of ambitious devs who cut their teeth on major titles like Tomb Raider (2013), Life is Strange (2015), Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (2016), Far Cry 5 (2018) and more.

Legends of Ethernal is a 2D single-player action adventure game where you need to explore beautiful hand-crafted environments, solve clever puzzles, and battle challenging creatures to uncover the truth about your parents’ disappearance. Armed with courage and driven by the pain of loss, our unlikely hero sets out on a journey to uncover the truth behind his family’s disappearance… But what he discovers will forever change the World of Arkanys.

A short demo is available now for the game on Steam – let us know via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if you try it out!

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Cosmic Defenders Available Now!

The day has finally arrived: Cosmic Defenders has launched on the Nintendo Switch!

Are YOU ready to protect the cosmos? Cosmic Defenders is a 2D fast-paced revolving shooter about a group of unconventional heroes who use the powers of nature in order to stop chaotic aliens from taking over the universe.

Cooperate or compete with other guardians, protect the galaxy from the wicked, and restore peace in three game modes: Story Mode, Survival Mode, and Versus Mode!

North American eShop: https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/cosmic-defenders-switch/

European eShop: https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Games/Nintendo-Switch-download-software/Cosmic-Defenders-1794148.html

Japanese eShop: https://ec.nintendo.com/JP/ja/titles/70010000020395

Australian eShop: https://ec.nintendo.com/AU/en/titles/70010000020392

Take on these spaced-out invaders by yourself, or with some friends! Choose from 4 different characters, each with their own unique abilities! Can you bring peace to the cosmos?

• Story mode introduces the Cosmic Defenders as they fight against a group of aliens that want to steal the Tree of Life, a sacred tree that maintains the balance in the universe. Advance through levels over 4 galaxies, each with unique challenges and ways to play!

• Survival mode lets you enjoy new levels every time they play! Collect coins to purchase outfits with skill buffs!

• Versus mode lets you compete against your friends, rather than aliens, because Defenders need to train too!

Will you be picking up Cosmos Defenders? Be sure to let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram 🙂

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Cosmic Defenders Release Date!

After a slight hiccup, we’re excited to announce we have a new release date for our first Natsume Indies title, Cosmic Defenders.

Whether you plan to play solo or with some alien buddies in couch co-op, you’ll be able to blast into space on June 11th – that’s only a week away, hurray!

Earth, Air, Fire and Water can’t wait to meet you exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.

Curious about the Natsume Indies program? We’re currently accepting submissions. We’ll be talking about more Indies in the near future – be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be the first to know~

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Announcing New Game+ Expo!

What to do when all the trade shows are cancelled and everyone’s inside? Go online, of course! We’re pleased to announce Natsume Inc’s participation in New Game+ Expo (NGPX) on June 23rd, 2020.

While we’re going to miss the face to face interactions with fans and the media, we’re excited to be participating in the newest online Expo, featuring oodles of great companies.
Here’s the list of companies that will be presenting:

  • Acttil
  • Aksys Games
  • Arc System Works America
  • Grasshopper Manufacture
  • GungHo Online Entertainment America
  • Idea Factory International
  • Inti Creates
  • Koei Tecmo America
  • Natsume Inc. (THAT’S US!)
  • NIS America, Inc.
  • Playism
  • Sega of America/Atlus West
  • SNK Corporation
  • Spike Chunsoft, Inc.
  • WayForward

Want to know more? Here’s some places you can do so…

NGPX Website

NGPX Twitch

NGPX Twitter

NGPX Instagram

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Announcing Harvest Moon: One World!

The latest entry into the long-running Harvest Moon franchise has been revealed, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

Harvest Moon: One World features a brand new way to explore a sprawling Harvest Moon world, and melds together the traditional hard work gameplay with the modern playstyle both young and veteran farmers have come to fall in love with.

Developed by Natsume, we’re excited to reveal Rising Star Games will once again be publishing in PAL territories, and distribution will be handled by Nintendo of Europe. We’re excited to be continuing our twenty year partnership with them.

Can you imagine a world without tomatoes, strawberries, or even cabbage? That’s the situation players will find themselves in in the latest entry in the Harvest Moon series. Only an old book gives hints of what once was… Buoyed by a mysterious discovery, however, players will find themselves setting out on an adventure that spans not only their hometown but the whole world! What kind of people and places await? From the gorgeous beaches of Halo Halo to the snowy mountains of Salmiakki, there’s literally an entire world to explore!

Fledgling and veteran farmhands will explore a world filled with new faces, unique locations, and manage their burgeoning farm within an all-new engine and updated graphics.

Harvest Moon: One World will be launching in 2020, so be sure to stay tuned to all our social media channels for your opportunity to learn more!

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Cosmic Defenders – Release Date Change

Greeting Earthlings!

While we were excited to previously announce a release date and additional information for our upcoming Natsume Indies title, we have an update to share today. But first, some new screenshots for you to enjoy, including the first boss stage we’re revealing!

Due to the general slowdown and unique situation we all our experiencing during the current health crisis, Cosmic Defenders will not be releasing this April. Instead it will launch on June 11th.

If you missed it, the solo creator behind Cosmic Defenders Henry Fernández was recently interviewed at Nintendo Life!
He also posted a column at Gamasutra discussing how to choose a publisher as an indie developer.

Interested in learning more about the Natsume Indies program, or want to submit your own game for consideration? Check here for more info!