Farming Fantasy

Harvestella in 13 gorgeous images: Final Fantasy meets Stardew Valley

The real magic is how good that cake looks.

Square Enix

Square Enix

Harvestella is one of the most intriguing games launching this year. The life sim-action RPG hybrid from Square Enix packs farming, relationship-building, and combat in one polished package.

Here are 13 new images that show just how ambitious Harvestella is

Square Enix

Farming doesn’t necessarily make for exciting screenshots, but you’ll be doing a lot of it to get cooking ingredients. Harvestella has changing seasons, and the produce you can grow is different throughout the year.

Square Enix

Love it or hate it, fishing is incredibly popular in games right now. Landing a big catch is another way to get ingredients for your culinary masterpieces.

Square Enix

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, you can cook them up in all kinds of scrumptious recipes.

Square Enix

Square Enix

Harvestella illustrates its dishes with some of the most mouth-watering art this side of Studio Ghibli. When your meal is complete, it’s time for shipping! (Not the kind you do in most games.)

To turn your creations into cold hard cash, you ship your products to customers for a payout. Hopefully you have a lot of bubble wrap on hand.

screenshot of Harvestella game

Much like real life, Harvestella cruelly refuses to let you spend all day eating tasty snacks.

screenshot of Harvestella game

Square Enix

You’ll need to defend your new home as well, as you work with companions to push back invading monsters.

Naturally, that means a whole lot of hacking and slashing. Each time you recruit a new character with a job you don’t have, you’ll unlock their combat class on your character as well.

Square Enix

Square Enix already showed off the Fighter, Mage, and Shadow Walker. Now it’s spotlighting the Sky Lancer, who uses a spear like Final Fantasy’s iconic Dragoons.

Square Enix

Now, the shipping you’ve been waiting for

Your friends don’t just help in combat. You can also help solve their problems to grow your relationship and even earn rewards.

Square Enix

All your battle companions and some important NPCs feature in Character Stories — side quests that let you help your neighbors while learning more about them.

Square Enix

The latest update shared Istina, a local teacher whose two glowing swords probably go a long way toward keeping the kids in line.

Square Enix

Square Enix

Square Enix says it’ll share more about Harvestella in the coming months before its November 4, 2022 release date.