Natsume Inc., the developer and publisher of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, has released a series of new screenshots showing off some of the lovely bachelors you’ll be able to court in the upcoming entry in the long running farm simulator.
Although farming is at the forefront in most Harvest Moon games, dating and life simulation is also an integral part of the series. Striking up some conversations and helping out potential suitors with certain tasks, can build up their affection and eventually lead to marriage. Here’s the dossier on each of the three marriable NPCs for the heroine ‘Claire’ (via Natsume):
Tony, the eldest son of Brutus the Blacksmith, is a talented young man who loves his dad, but struggles with his expectations. Sensitive, serious, yet gentle, he rebels against his father’s strictness. He is training to follow in his father’s footsteps, but there is just one problem: he doesn’t want to be a blacksmith. You’ll need to woo Tony sweetly to discover what his secret ambition is, and to encourage him to reach out and grasp it!
Gilbert is a travelling bard who will stay in the Lost Valley if he finds reason to put down roots; Gilbert rhymes when he talks! Thus, Gilbert’s knowledge is deep and wide; his knowledge of history and lore will be an asset by your side. Humble and gentle to a fault, yet his heart is locked inside the tightest of vaults. He’ll teach you the art of fishing when he arrives; it’s a necessary skill for long winters you must survive! His knowledge of the Harvest Goddess is important to your task, and his wit is as sharp as your favorite axe. Will you woo the poet’s soul so he writes verses for you?
Hunter is a local farmer specializing in animal husbandry. Both he and your first animal will wander inadvertently into the Lost Valley and begin a wonderful friendship…and possibly more! Not just an animal specialist, Hunter’s quiet demeanor hides a keen knowledge about different animal feed recipes, and is one of the characters who will teach you the recipes for the different feeds. Hunter has always known what he wanted to do: care for all things with hooves, feathers, and fur. His four-legged friends have always been his preferred companions, but can you convince him that two-legged companions are even better?
Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley will be out in North America for the Nintendo 3DS on November 4th.