A Bumper Crop of STORY OF SEASONS News Arrives on 25th Anniversary! Pioneers of Olive Town Set for Sept. 15 PC Launch with Free Limited-Time Only Sakuna DLC; Friends of Mineral Town to Release Oct. 26 with Physical Edition on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One
Pioneers of Olive Town to Launch Sept. 15 on PC Alongside New DLC; Strawberry Hanako Pocket Plushie Returns with Friends of Mineral Town Pre-orders, Director Hikaru Nakano Video Interview at PAX West Stream
TORRANCE,Calif. — Sept. 1, 2021 — XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., unveiled a plethora of announcements for the popular farm/life sim series STORY OF SEASONS on its 25th anniversary! A new illustration by series artist Igusa Matsuyama commemorates the momentous occasion and arrives alongside a new trailer showcasing the growth of the franchise from 1996 to present day!
The announcements kick off with the reveal that STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town is coming to Windows PC via Steam this Sept. 15. Pre-orders on the standard game and “Expansion Pass Set” bundle are now available for a special discounted price. The “Expansion Pass” DLC as well as four additional outfits will also be available for separate purchase. Also coming to Pioneers of Olive Town on PC and Nintendo Switch™ system on Sept. 15 is the “Princess Sakuna’s Heavenly Garb” collaboration DLC, which will be available for free download until March 30, 2022. The announcements continue with STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town being confirmed to launch Oct. 26 for PS4™ system and Xbox One. Additionally, series fans will be delighted to hear that the out-of-stock Strawberry Hanako pocket plushie returns as a pre-order bonus on the physical edition, available through the XSEED Games Store and participating retailers.
For the anniversary, STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town director Hikaru Nakano will make an appearance to answer fan-submitted questions about the series in a video stream at PAX West on Sept. 4 at 12:15 PM PDT.
The critically acclaimed STORY OF SEASONS series’ most recent releases set company sales records in North America with Pioneers of Olive Town hitting 200,000 units sold on the Nintendo Switch™ system and Friends of Mineral Town hitting 250,000 units sold, and the series itself has racked up 5.3 million sales worldwide since its debut in 1996. Now, the latest entries in this long-running series are arriving on new platforms, bringing farming, friends, and love to more players!
STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town
Nintendo Switch (now available), Windows PC via Steam
On the edge of the charming seaport of Olive Town lies the remnants of your grandfather’s farm, ready and waiting for redevelopment into greener pastures. Explore the overgrown lands to reclaim dilapidated buildings, tame wayward livestock, and befriend the adorable earth sprites, whose magic can whisk the player to magical fields where seasons last forever, an island in the sky, and more! And, of course, there’s always more to do in Olive Town, from helping boost tourism to making friends with the diverse cast of residents.
Steam PC Available Sept. 15— Pre-orders available now with discount. All pre-orders come with the ‘Buffalo Costume’ DLC.
- Standard Edition‒ $39.99 with 10% off pre-orders and launch week purchases
- ‘Expansion Pass Set’ Bundle‒ $59.99 with 15% off pre-orders and 10% off launch week purchases. Includes contents in the ‘STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town Expansion Pass’
Princess Sakuna’s Heavenly Garb (DLC)— Free with separate download (Nintendo Switch™, PC)
- Add-on content will only be available Sept. 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM PDT to March 30, 2022 at 9:59 AM PDT
- Free to all who own STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town with separate download via Steam or the Nintendo eShop
- After download, the outfit can be commissioned from Karina at the Beauty Salon upon completing the town development request to build it
Costume DLC— $1.99 each (availability varies depending on platform)
- Buffalo Costume‒ Previously exclusive to North America, the Buffalo Costume is a digital pre-order bonus for the PC (Steam) version and will be available for purchase after launch
- Fox Costume‒ Previously an exclusive digital pre-order bonus for Europe, this costume is already available for purchase on Nintendo Switch and will be available on PC (Steam) globally from launch
- Panda Costume‒ Previously an exclusive digital pre-order bonus for Asia, this costume will be available for purchase globally only on PC (Steam)
- Neil’s Jacket‒ Previously an exclusive digital pre-order bonus for Japan, Neil’s Jacket will be available for purchase globally after launch
STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town is rated “E for Everyone” by the ESRB.
STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town
Nintendo Switch™ (released), Windows PC (released), PS4™ system, Xbox One
Take on the role of a city-slicker turned world class farmer as you bring your late grandfather’s farm back to its former glory while getting to know with the inhabitants of the charming and sometimes mysterious world of Mineral Town. The complete remake of the beloved Game Boy Advance title includes core STORY OF SEASONS features like multi-floor mining and fan-favorite events like horse racing along with updated gameplay, graphics, and characters.
PS4™ system, Xbox One Available Oct. 26
- Digital and Physical editions‒ $39.99
- Physical Edition Pre-order Bonus- Strawberry Hanako (while supplies last)
- Features‒ 60fps, additional language support:
PS4: ENG / FR/ GER / SP
Xbox One: ENG / FR/ GER / SP / JP / KR / SCH/ TCH
STORY OF SEASONS: Friends of Mineral Town is rated “E10+ for Everyone 10 and older” by the ESRB
Information about the STORY OF SEASONS series can be found at: http://www.storyofseasons.com/.
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About XSEED Games
XSEED Games is the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marvelous Inc., which is a publicly traded company listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Formed in 2004 and located in Torrance, California, XSEED Games publishes interactive entertainment content for PC and consoles from the Marvelous portfolio as well as from a wide variety of third-party partners. Whether it’s Marvelous properties such as STORY OF SEASONS (Bokujo Monogatari), SENRAN KAGURA, and Rune Factory, or third-party titles such as the Corpse Party and AKIBA’S TRIP series or Granblue Fantasy: Versus, XSEED Games has grown its reputation among gamers with its critically acclaimed localizations and commitment to fans, remaining ever dedicated to its “indie spirit, player-first” approach.