Sat, Sep 10, 2011 | 20:36 BST
Marvelous more concerned with fun than making an HD Harvest Moon
Toshinori Aoki, director of digital content at Marvelous Entertainment, believes fans of Harvest Moon are more concerned with having fun, than playing an HD version of the game.
Speaking in an interview with Siliconera, Aoki said that for now, the series will continue to be released on platforms the fans are on instead of “forcing them to but a new system.”
“The game has a large fanbase of both male and female gamers,” he said. “I’m not sure if one is larger than the other, but we know it is a title female gamers cherish. And we really appreciate that. In the future we will release Harvest Moon on platforms we believe it will sell well, but right now we think female gamers don’t favor a HD version as much as they do with having fun with the series.
“Maybe this is a series that is mobile focused? Right now we’re making The Tale of Two Towns for 3DS with Natsume. It’s not that we’re against bringing Harvest Moon to Wii U, PS3, or Xbox 360. It’s just that this is a series where we are thankful for fans and we don’t want to force them to buy a new system.
“We want to bring it to where the fans are. Up until now, we felt the fans were on the DS and we think that a lot of those fans have gotten a 3DS. So, we want to bring it on those platforms first before we start planning bringing the series to another console. It’s not that we’re not thinking about it, but right now we are focused on working on The Tale of Two Towns for the 3DS.”
Aoki went on to say Marvelous will start to focus more on the global market with future development, but at the same time,maintain “the depth” that is the heart of a Marvelous title.
The firm said it is also interested in Vita and Wii U for both new IPs and old IPs.
“Whenever a new platform comes along we’re excited about it.”