The official Natsume Twitter account has been teasing followers with information about the next Harvest Moon game over the last several days. On December 9th, Natsume began posting letters, each accompanied by a description containing a word that began with the same letter. It finally led to the announcement of Anthos, which is the title of the next Harvest Moon video game. Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos will be released around the summer of 2023.
The tweets have also revealed details about Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos. Natsume stated that the new Harvest Moon game will have an open world, which provides a strong indication that it will be something similar to the previous Harvest Moon game, titled Harvest Moon: One World.
In previous Harvest Moon games, a young man or woman was tasked with restoring a farm that had fallen into ruin. The player chooses how to divide his or her time between everyday activities such as clearing land, growing crops, selling harvests, raising animals, attending festivals, building relationships with others, and foraging. However, it is yet uncertain if Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos will have the same narrative as previous games or depart from it.
It is widely acknowledged that Harvest Moon was one of the pioneers of casual and cozy farming video games, serving as an inspiration for games such as Stardew Valley. A lot of fans were taken aback by the announcement of a new Harvest Moon game, but it has done a great job of building anticipation for what the franchise has in store for the future.
Although it has not been officially confirmed, it is quite probable that Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos will be compatible with Nintendo Switch. As of now, there has been very little to no information disclosed regarding Harvest Moon: The Winds of Anthos. In any case, Natsume will be making further announcements on the specifics as the release date draws closer.