After releasing for Nintendo Switch and on Steam for PC back in October of 2019, Marvelous Entertainment, Bandai Namco, and Brownies decided to port the slice-of-life farming sim starring the cast of characters from Doraemon to the PlayStation 4. The game is set to arrive on September 4th, 2020 later this year in North America, and September 9th in Europe.
The announcement was accompanied by a trailer rolling out all of the game’s basic features, including the Noby’s inheritance of a farm where he’s to turn it into a sparkling beacon of crops and animals.
Much like the Harvest Moon or other Story of Seasons games, you’ll mix in carrying out farming tasks with interacting with the NPCs around town and completing side-quests to progress the story. You can check out the trailer below to get an idea of what the gameplay is like.
Personally, I actually really like the art-style. The painterly shader effect gives the game the presentation of looking like a painting moving across a live-canvas, while the traditional Doeraemon character designs are brought to life on-screen.
It’s obviously not going to be to everyone’s tastes, but it would be nice to see more JRPGs experiment with that kind of artistic variance.
Beyond maintaining the upkeep of the farm and exploring the town of Natura, you’ll also be able to partake in various mini-game events such as horse-racing, listening to music, catching bugs or taking part in town festivals.
A variety of gadgets can also be acquired or unlocked to help aid Noby in his quests, or unlock new ways to complete missions.
The game is available right now on Steam and Nintendo Switch for $49.99, but if you’re stuck with the PS4 being your only gaming machine, you can look for the family-friendly game to launch this fall for Sony’s console.
The best part about it is that since this is a licensed-based game, at least you don’t have to worry about Noby getting embroiled in a gay marriage like in so many other live-your-life sims out there.