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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley coming to Nintendo 3DS from Natsume

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Today Natsume, publisher of farm simulation role-playing series Harvest Moon, announced the next game in the franchise — Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, which will launch for Nintendo 3DS later this year.

The Lost Valley features a fully-customizable world in 3D for the first time in the Harvest Moon series. Players can sow their own fields in a multitude of ways, adding different vegetation and water structures with their own whims.

"Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley is truly evolving the franchise," Natsume president and CEO Hiro Maekawa said in a press statement. "Hardcore fans will love it, players who haven't played a Harvest Moon game in a while will want to try it out, and new players will be introduced to the unique and charming world that is Harvest Moon.

"But the incredibly exciting thing that really elevates the game is that while it does get back to what everyone loves about the early games, it also innovates in a way that no Harvest Moon game ever has," he added.

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will debut at E3 2014 next week in Los Angeles. Earlier this week, Natsume announced it would be announcing three new games for Nintendo platforms around E3 — there are two more games to be revealed.

Last month, publisher Xseed announced Harvest Moon game Story of Seasons for 3DS, which launched in Japan earlier this year, will be coming to North America this winter.