Project Happiness becomes HomeTown Story - Gematsu
Project Happiness becomes HomeTown Story
posted on 03.04.13 at 12:42 AM EST by (@salromano)
Harvest Moon creator's new game makes a visual leap.

Project Happiness, Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada’s new game first teased at E3 last year, has made a visual leap and is now called HomeTown Story, Natsume has revealed.

In HomeTown Story, you run a shop. Speaking to, Wada said that like the “Story” in the title, the game is about more than expanding your shop and increasing sales. Players will meet new friends and encounter new stories when more customers come and the shop grows. There are many characters to meet with many stories, and it’s up to the protagonist and his fairy sidekick Pochikal to help resolve their worries and dreams.

In addition to game design by Yasuhiro Wada, HomeTown Story will also feature character design by Atsuko Nishida and music composed by Nobuo Uematsu. The game, according to Wada, is 50 to 60 percent complete. It’ll be out this year.

Watch a new trailer below.

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  • Wow. Looks really nice and the character design was pretty good too.
    It looks like the old school Harvest Moon character design and I love it.

  • Game Dev Story inspired much?

    • Other than the title, I see no relation really.

      • This project happiness has you managing a business or a shop as to Game Dev story has you managing a video game business… If the gameplay was different, then I would be singing a different tune…

  • Kitsune Miku

    Do basically Reccettear but with a less pushy deadline? Well I’m game if it comes to the west. I love shop management games.

    • shymel

      Um, Natsume’s name is in the trailer…In fact it’s the first thing that pops up and the trailer is in English.

      • Kitsune Miku

        I was on my mobile getting ready for work. All I saw was an image with Japanese text, so I assumed. Still though, doesn’t mean it’s coming to all regions. :P