Doraemon Story of Seasons

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Doraemon Story of Seasons
Doraemon Story of Seasons game cover.jpg
Developer(s)Brownies
Marvelous
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Director(s)Hikaru Nakano
Producer(s)Koji Nakajima
SeriesDoraemon
Story of Seasons
EngineUnity
Platform(s)
ReleaseSwitch, Windows
  • JP: June 13, 2019
  • WW: October 11, 2019[1]
PlayStation 4
  • JP: July 30, 2020
  • WW: September 4, 2020
Genre(s)Farm simulation, role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player

Doraemon Story of Seasons[a] is a farming simulation role-playing video game for Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows which is a crossover of the Story of Seasons series of video games and the Doraemon franchise. The game is developed by Brownies and Marvelous and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The title's release marks the first release of a Doraemon video game to the western audience.

The game was released on June 13, 2019 in Japan, and worldwide on October 11, 2019. The PlayStation 4 version of the game is scheduled to be release on July 30, 2020 in Japan, and worldwide on September 4, 2020.

Plot[edit]

After planting a mysterious seed found by Nobita, Doraemon and friends are transported to another world, into a place called Shizen Town. During the process, Doraemon lost most of his secret gadgets that will help them to return. In the end, they decided to stay in Shizen Town while trying to find a way to get back to their original world. Lunch, a Shizen Town resident, lends Nobita a farm in town for him to stay.[2][3]

Gameplay[edit]

The game combines the farming simulation elements from the Story of Seasons series and the familiar characters and secret gadgets from the Doraemon series.[4] The player will play as Nobita and participate in farming activities such as plowing the fields to grow crops, taking care of cattle and sheep, and more.[5] The game also has a fishing system, a house decoration system, an insects capture-and-collect system, holidays and festivals similar to the Story of Seasons games.[6]

Characters from the Doraemon series such as Gian and Shizuka also show up as supporting characters and will assist Nobita in his adventures.[7] By advancing the story, Nobita can unlock usable Doraemon gadgets that grant special abilities such as Weather Cards which can change tomorrow's weather and the Anywhere Door which allows Nobita to fast-travel between areas.[8]

Demo[edit]

A demo of the game is downloadable, and allows the user to play until a certain date, where it will then show a screen saying “Thanks for playing”. Only the very beginning of the entire fame is compromised, and the rest is playable until that certain date.

Development[edit]

In an interview with Famitsu, it is revealed that Doraemon Story of Seasons was a proposal from Bandai Namco producer Kenji Nakajima to Marvelous, as he is a fan of Marvelous’ Story of Seasons series. He grew up while watching Doraemon, and he is also a fan of the Harvest Moon: Back to Nature game. He wants to create a game that lets players experience the messages and type of story Doraemon tells, with the gameplay elements of Story of Seasons that properly reward the player's efforts.[9]

He also confirmed that the game will not have any romance or marriage features, which is different from the classic Story of Seasons series. In exchange for this, the game will feature a linear story with a focus on familial love. There are also multiple sub-stories that will also be related to familial love, such as between siblings or for family pets. There are many family-run shops in town with its own sub-story that will be connected to the relationship system. The theme of familial love is explored further as Nobita's friends such as Shizuka and Gian are helping out at the stores.[10]

During the interview, Story of Seasons production director Hikaru Nakano also revealed that Marvelous is also working on another Story of Seasons game simultaneously, and Doraemon Story of Seasons will help to expand the Story of Seasons series even further.[11]

Release[edit]

The game was first announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation on February 14, 2019 in Japan accompanied by a teaser trailer featuring basic gameplay.[12] Bandai Namco announced the official release date of June 13, 2019 though a press release in April.[13] A downloadable demo for Nintendo Switch was later released in Japan in May along with a new trailer.[14]

In a separate announcement in April, Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia and Korea announced a Traditional Chinese and Korean version of the game, which will be released in Summer 2019. They also announced a Microsoft Windows version of the game, which will be released through Steam.[15] A follow-up announcement by Bandai Namco also confirmed the release of an English version the game in North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. The game will be released physically in Europe and Southeast Asia, and digital-only in North America.[16]

In April 2020, it was announced that it will be released for PlayStation 4 in Japan on July 30, 2020,[17] and worldwide on September 4, 2020.[18] The PlayStation 4 version will run at 60fps instead usual 30fps in Switch. It can also be played in PlayStation 5 but with better and faster performance.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Doraemon Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari (ドラえもん のび太の牧場物語, Doraemon Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DORAEMON STORY OF SEASONS | Official Website (EN)". BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe | Official Website. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  2. ^ "Doraemon and Story of Seasons Crossover Gets New Trailer, Japanese Release Date". DualShockers. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  3. ^ 876TV (2019-05-22), Nintendo Switch「ドラえもん のび太の牧場物語」無料体験版 紹介映像, retrieved 2019-06-07
  4. ^ "Doraemon Story of Seasons looks like a winning combo on Switch and PC". Destructoid. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  5. ^ "Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari announced for Switch". Gematsu. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  6. ^ "Doraemon and Story of Seasons Crossover Gets New Trailer, Japanese Release Date". DualShockers. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  7. ^ "Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari announced for Switch". Gematsu. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  8. ^ "Doraemon: Story of Seasons - Second Japanese promotion trailer shows various activities and events | RPG Site". www.rpgsite.net. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  9. ^ "Doraemon and Story of Seasons Crossover Gets New Trailer, Japanese Release Date". DualShockers. 2019-04-10. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  10. ^ "Doraemon: Story of Seasons' Developers On The Origin, Themes, And Story". Siliconera. 2019-04-19. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  11. ^ "Doraemon: Nobita's Story of Seasons producer explains the game's concepts; Famitsu interview summary | RPG Site". www.rpgsite.net. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  12. ^ "Doraemon: Nobita no Bokujou Monogatari announced for Switch". Gematsu. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  13. ^ "Doraemon Story of Seasons launches June 13 in Japan, first trailer and details". Gematsu. 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  14. ^ "Doraemon Story of Seasons Switch demo now available in Japan". Gematsu. 2019-05-22. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  15. ^ "Doraemon Story of Seasons coming to PC". Gematsu. 2019-04-23. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  16. ^ "Doraemon Story of Seasons coming west for Switch, PC this fall [Update]". Gematsu. 2019-04-23. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  17. ^ "Doraemon Story of Seasons coming to PS4 on July 30 in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved 2020-04-22.
  18. ^ "Doraemon Story of Seasons for PS4 coming west on September 4". Gematsu. Retrieved 2020-04-24.

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