Going Somewhere Harvest Moon Never Has
While Harvest Moon’s earlier Game Boy titles had limited multiplayer functionality, none of the series’ titles have ever delivered multiplayer to the same extent that ConcernedApe plans to with Stardew Valley multiplayer. As mentioned earlier, Stardew’s primary inspiration is Harvest Moon, and it would be neat to see ConcernedApe transcend his biggest influence in such a significant way.
In many ways, Stardew Valley surpasses the games that originally inspired it. With Harvest Moon recently falling on hard times in the eyes of many, Stardew Valley’s fresh take was an energy bolt into the vein of the farming-sim genre. In fact, Stardew’s success shows a strong, lingering desire for games like it and Harvest Moon, and a well-executed multiplayer addition could provide the genre with a second wind. If done correctly, Stardew Valley multiplayer could evolve farming-sims to a place they have never been, which is enormously hopeful for fans of the genre.