Australian developers Overgrown Studios have announced that Farm Folks is currently on Kickstarter, seeking $37,000. The game was in development for a year and a half before making its way to the crowdfunding circuit, where the small indie team hope to secure enough funding to finish development on the farming RPG and get the game up and out for a December, 2018 release. If all goes well they also have plans on porting the game to the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One.
So what is Farm Folks and what does it let you do? Well, it’s a game about growing crops, raising livestock and building relationships in an alternate reality based on 1920s farm equipment.
The developers wanted to rekindle the kind of slice-of-life farming antics that Natsume made famous back in the day under the Harvest Moon (now Story of Seasons) label.
Farm Folks is being powered by the Unreal Engine 4, and is a 3D farming sim featuring 50 crops, livestock and pets – including cows, sheep, dogs, cats and unicorns – along with 30 characters to interact with and various quests to take on. You can check out the pre-alpha gameplay video below to give you an idea of what the team has built so far.
The game takes place across Softshoal Island, where you’ll attempt to make a new life for yourself after drifting ashore following a violent storm that ruined your boat trip.
Like most other games in the genre, such as My Time at Portia, you can customize your character, interact with NPCs, and build out your farm exactly the way you want.
As your crops grow you can then sell them for cash, buy more livestock, and give presents and items to NPCs to complete quests.
Similar to Sakuna: Of Rice and Rain, you’ll have to till the ground, plant the crops and nurture them until they’re all nice and grown.
Much like Stardew Valley, you’ll also be able to venture out into the deep interwoven cave system and gather resources, acquire ore, blacksmith new equipment, and upgrade your farming gear.
A fishing mini-game is also present along the rivers and lakes spread out across Softshoal Island.
You can also build up relationships high enough to propose and get married, just like the typical Harvest Moon games. Kids in Farm Folks won’t be useless, though. You’ll be able to have your offspring help out around the farm.
I didn’t spot any overt politicization so it seems safe from the kind of social engineering that companies like EA, Blizzard, and Bethesda have been engaging in lately.
So those of you who are interested in an actual game and not agitprop, you can learn more about Farm Folks by visiting the official Kickstarter page.