Back at E3 last June, Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada and publisher Natsume made some waves with the reveal of their joint venture, a game called Project Happiness. Slated to hit at some point this year, Project Happiness tasks you with running a shop in a really small village. Interestingly, it's more about the people you meet and their stories than it is about hardcore shopkeeper simulation, which sounds like a pretty cool twist.

Today, we've got some more news to share on this one: Natsume and Wada have announced that the game's name is now Hometown Story and it's totally coming to "mobile" in addition to 3DS in North America.

A new trailer has been released, too, and it kinda shows off the emotional stuff that Wada is trying to pull off with this. It's definitely interesting.

Hometown Story is still slated to hit at some nebulous point in 2013. Heads on swivels, folks. Heads on swivels.

  • MidianGTX

    Harvest Moon-type games are the perfect breeding ground for awful IAP consumables, I hope they manage to keep this one pure.

    • caaalrb

      I think the fact that this will also be on the 3ds is a good sign

  • Ragnar Dragonfyre

    I was hoping for a full on iOS Harvest Moon but this will do.

    • Ragnar Dragonfyre

      And Nobuo Uematsu is composing the music?! I am excite.

    • The_Blue_Sticker

      It's made by Natsume... I would honestly consider this as harvest moon with just a shop running mechanic and no boring farm grinding. Hopefully it captures the living town that Animal Crossing has.

  • nightc1

    Reminds me a bit of Animal Crossing... a bit of Harvest Moon... it's not my thing but my kids are probably going to love it. If it's an IAP filled monster though I'll just never tell them about it... seems easier that way.

  • bleeps

    Actually reminds me more of Recettear rather than Harvest Moon. Looking forward to learning more.

  • CiW!ll

    I hope that trailer is representing the 3DS build, my iP5 is way more capable than that.

    I'm not expecting blockbuster production values but this is Natsume, and I for one expect more... I guess we'll see.

    • Ragnar Dragonfyre

      Considering it's cross platform with the 3DS it's unlikely they're sitting on high resolution textures or higher poly models that would take advantage of the iPhone 5's hardware.

      You might see some addition post processing effects, but I doubt we'll see much difference between the two versions.

  • decabao

    there are a lot of animal crossing elements in it. the graphics look like 2008 but still good.
    I really hope it's not an iap machine.

  • Hiraether

    Original creators, score by Uematsu.. Even if they get close, most of us will be quite happy just to see them try. /compulsory purchase o_O; so psyched.

  • caaalrb

    Just watched the trailer again..,super excited for this. Looks like an awesome n64 game, getting huge nostalgia-feels