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HomeTown Story is Yasuhiro Wada's new game

Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada has dropped a new title on his new village shop simulation, formerly known as Project Happiness - meet HomeTown Story.

Speaking to Famitsu, as translated by Gematsu, Wada said the "Story" in the title refers to the game's emphasis on growing your business and becoming profitable. I'm not sure what this means but it makes me think of Kairosoft's Game Dev Story and its ilk.

As previously detailed, players will meet and befriend customers and learn their tales. With the help of a fairy named Pochikal, the player will address customers' worries and fulfil their dreams.

The interview also revealed that Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu is on board, with character design supplied by Pokémon artist Atsuko Nishida.

Wada said HomeTown Story is 50 to 60% complete and will release this year on 3DS in Japan. It looks much fancier than last time we saw it, as the trailer below shows. No western release has been touted as yet.

Although Wada is best known for Harvest Moon, which he created for Marvellous AQL, he has also served a stint at Grasshopper Manufacture and was one of the key creatives on Deadly Premonition; his new studio, Tobox Inc, is keen to work with Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro again one day.

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