Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, the farm and life simulation I originally sold my soul to as a child, is being remade as Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life. And now, thank God, it’s confirmed to be coming to PC as well.
The remake of A Wonderful Life was originally announced during a Nintendo Direct in September but did not specify if it would also launch in any PC stores. It probably has to, I thought, after other recent Story of Seasons games made it to PC. I immediately contacted the Marvelous publisher to check, trust me, but I didn’t hear back right away. A new trailer broke the news today.
A Wonderful Life is hardly the first Harvest Moon game, mind you, but it’s the first that so many people around my age knew back on the GameCube and PlayStation 2. As is tradition, your main character moves to Forget-Me-Not. Valley (Forgotten Valley in the remake, funny) to take over a farm from his (or her or their, now) deceased father, then marrying and having a child while buying new crops and animals for the property. It was the first game in the series where your child would grow up and choose his own career as well.
“This remake of a beloved classic features many new events, enhanced festivals, more recipes to cook, and a plethora of never-before-seen crops,” Amazing says of the remake. “With the option to play as a male, female or non-binary protagonist, as well as all the eligible marriage candidates available for romance regardless of that choice, you can truly be whoever you want to be.”
In the trailer for the remake you can see a proper character creator with choices between two outfits, different skin tones, hairstyles and some faces. Like the name of the valley, marriage candidates and other characters also had their names changed. That’s probably the effect of the rat’s nest of rights and licensing in the transition from the Harvest Moon to Story of Seasons name. Rest assured, though, that the game’s sad theme tune sounds the same. Music really sets the mood in the valley.
I actually pulled out my childhood GameCube to play some of A Wonderful Life several years ago and, yes, the thing is awkward to control and otherwise lacks the same modern conveniences of the many, many. games like Stardew Valley (which itself was inspired by Harvest Moon, of course) that we now have on PC.
The A Wonderful Life remake looks pretty fresh though, more so than the recent Story of Seasons remake of the 2003 Game Boy game Friends of Mineral City. I’m a sucker for nostalgia, but the attention to a proper character creator, new crops, and open marriage candidates smells like a good sign to me that this Story of Seasons game could be a truly S-grade remake.
A Tale of Seasons: A Wonderful Life does not yet have a release date, but is expected to launch in summer 2023 on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S.