Harvest Moon Creator’s New Game, Birthdays, Gets Western Release

Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada’s newly revealed game, Birthdays, is getting a western release.

The game will come to North America and Europe via NIS America. While the announcement is in Japanese, the debut gameplay and screenshots were revealed for the upcoming sandbox simulation game.

The game is likened to a sandbox sim that focuses on creating, evolving, and building up environments for living creatures. Players can terraform the environment. As you change the landscape, creatures will adapt as time passes.

Here are the new screenshots, plus the game’s logo:

Birthdays is set for a PlayStation 4 launch in Japan on January 19th. The western release has yet to be dated.

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  1. Narmy
    August 25, 2016 at 9:20 am


  2. CrusaderEsper
    August 25, 2016 at 9:23 am

    At least there probably won’t be anything for them to censor… right?

  3. Jack
    August 25, 2016 at 9:24 am


  4. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    August 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    FWIW I think this game will be pretty safe when it comes to localization. I’m excited either way.. I love sandbox / sim games!

  5. PenguinPlayer
    August 25, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Looks cool, but I’m not much of a “watch flowers grow” kind of guy, unless there’s a direct objective and a challange on arranging the lifeforms for “maximum evolutionary points” I will probably skip it.

    “The game will come to North America and Europe via NIS America.”

    Arc System Works noooooo, I thought they were tight with Aksys.

  6. Smug
    August 25, 2016 at 10:03 am

    NISA is also known for introducing bugs that werent present in the original version

  7. Audie Bakerson
    Audie Bakerson
    August 25, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Why aren’t you learning Nipponese?

  8. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    August 25, 2016 at 11:55 am

    They always find a way to screw up somehow unless they’re on a tight leash.

  9. SolidSalamander
    August 25, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Looks cute, not really into sandbox games myself though.
    I got a funny feeling NISA will find something to screw up though.

  10. Anon_Amous
    August 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Don’t have a PS4 to grab it but looks interesting. If it finds its way to PC I’d definitely grab it.

  11. luggage lad
    luggage lad
    August 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Well with NISA and ArcSys both involved, there’s a decent chance I think.

  12. Leandro Teixeira
    Leandro Teixeira
    August 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    NISA doing this? It really shows how much they’ve sunk XD, also this will sell more than Criminal Girls 2, that’s a given let’s just hope this game doesn’t come with those regular bugs that aren’t present in the original version that NISA tends to include

  13. Bitrip
    August 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    NIS scares me a bit as I have mostly fallen out of love with them, but this game looks like it has real potential!

  14. scemar
    August 25, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    you know this would be a good game for the PC

  15. Minuteworld92
    August 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Nisa can suck on my chocolate flavored shit

  16. sanic
    August 25, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I’d rather a new rune factory title.

  17. TT
    August 26, 2016 at 12:49 am

    fine i suppose, I just wish these localizers would just translate and change only what’s necessary

  18. TT
    August 26, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I’ve played Super Danganronpa 2 on the vita, and came across an issue where the dialogue and character sprites didn’t show up from loading a save. Also had to force shut down playing Ultra Despair Girls because it froze. Is it safe to assume that NISA could be responsible for that?

  19. Softclocks
    August 26, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Doesn’t look very appealing to be honest.

  20. landlock
    August 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Maybe ASW wants a publisher that can release in both NA/EU. They can’t offer that decently and ASW suck at releasing there own games in Europe.

  21. weiner
    August 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    This video looks like it’s media footage that shouldn’t be shared publicly, it’s unlisted and has no audio.
    I like how the game looks though, seems comfy.
    The game is clearly inspired on minecraft, but, this is the guy who has thousands of developers profiting off his Harvest Moon design so w/e.

  22. Sithalo
    August 27, 2016 at 1:30 am

    me to but what does rune factory have to do with this article

  23. sanic
    August 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    The creator of harvest moon made the game to get away from games with combat, then his series became run factory a game with combat.

  24. Sithalo
    August 27, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    at least he is doing what he wants lol. but id prefer another rune factory game to lol

  25. DynastyStar
    August 27, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    thousands of developers, like who? Besides Stardew Valley(which I’d say is not ripping off, its iteration)?