7 unsung heroes of Square Enix games

The likes of Clive and Cloud may get all the attention, but Square Enix games are full of heroes who contribute in their own way. Let's celebrate them!
By Duncan Heaney

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Typically, we tend to focus on the flashiest - those sword-wielding wonders who make the box art, appear in the trailers, or even join the party to help save the day.

But Square Enix games are full of characters who make an equally big impact on the story but sneak under the radar. It may be because they’re an NPC, or work behind the scenes, but each of them makes a vital contribution. Simply put, you couldn’t save the day without them.

We think it’s time some of these heroes get the adulation they deserve. So read on, and we’ll highlight just a few unsung heroes who deserve their moment in the spotlight.

Cor Leonis - FINAL FANTASY XV Royal Edition

While much of FINAL FANTASY XV focuses on Prince Noctis and his friends, a lot of people are working behind the scenes to make his journey a success - first and foremost among them, Marshal Cor.

When Insomnia falls to the Niflheim Empire, it’s Cor who meets the heroes to guide them on the path to taking it back. He provides vital support in helping them break through an Imperial blockade, working with Noctis directly to help him infiltrate the facility.

Later, in the Episode Gladiolus DLC, he helps Gladiolus undertake a dangerous trial - and thanks to the guidance that Cor imparts, the burliest of the Chocobros learns to become the Shield that the new king needs him to be.

But perhaps the moment that really made us go: “Cor blimey!” can be found in the Royal Edition of the game. Towards the end of the game, things get pretty dark and Daemons overrun the land. When Noctis returns to his home city of Insomnia, he discovers that a brave group of hunters and warriors are holding them at bay as the last line of defense for Insomnia.

Their leader? None other than Cor himself. What can we say… that guy is the best.


Building a gang is no easy task… and keeping it going is even harder. So, let us give some long overdue props to characters like Miss Cecily, DRAGON QUEST TREASURES’ Personnel Manager.

While Erik and Mia run around the world of Draconia, fighting monsters, digging up treasure and uncovering the secrets of the fabled Dragonstones, Miss Cecily is back at base tirelessly managing the admin. She sorts potential gang members, liaises with the different storekeepers and generally makes herself very useful indeed.

She even gives suggestions on how to build your base’s ranks, and important people to recruit - useful guidance that serves to keep Erik and Mia on track!

In short, it’s thanks to Miss Cecily that your gang runs as smoothly as it does. She may not have the most glamorous job in the world, but it’s one of the most important!

Bartholomew Estheim - FINAL FANTASY XIII

Bartholomew Estheim, or ‘Hope’s Dad’ as you may think of him, is a reminder that heroism takes many forms. While he’s not on screen for very long, he makes a big impact on the heroes of FINAL FANTASY XIII.

At great personal risk, he takes in his son and companions, providing them shelter from the Sanctum - despite being an employee of that very organization himself. His unwavering support for Hope and gentle guidance gives the timid young man the strength to push on with his journey.

More tellingly, he also forgives Snow for the death of his wife, Nora. By doing so, and adding some harsh truths about his reckless plans, he provides the incentive for the hero to stop pretending to be a hero and start acting like one.

It just goes to show that even in a world full of incredible technology, powerful magic and literal gods, there’s nothing quite as powerful as good ol’ fashioned human decency.


The world of HARVESTELLA can be surprisingly dangerous, so having a doctor close by can only be a good thing. But Cres goes above and beyond.

You can be slashed into submission by monsters at the bottom of the sea, battered by a boss in an icy cave or simply pass out from exhaustion on your farm, and Cres is there to patch you up. She’ll also charge you for the privilege, but that’s fair enough - her time is valuable after all. Besides, the financial hit is nowhere near as painful as the sharp words you’ll get for your carelessness - bedside manner is not necessarily her strong suit.

But she contributes so much more than a simple healer. She’s also one of the people who orients your amnesiac hero to their new life, comes to check on you at the earliest of hours, and much more besides.

She’s a good friend, and HARVESTELLA just wouldn’t be the same without her.


Politics are a dangerous game at the best of times, but for Marquis Ondore, it’s a particularly tricky situation.

As ruler of Bhujerba, he has a responsibility to keep his city safe… which means obeying the orders of the increasingly tyrannical Archadian Empire and acting as a mediator in its escalating conflicts with other nations. Maintaining this position is of paramount importance, and even a close relationship with Princess Ashe of Dalmasca won’t make him openly risk this neutrality.

But not-so openly? That’s a different story. Ondore secretly funds and leads an anti-Archadian resistance group. And when the time comes, he steps up to take direct action against his oppressors, playing a vital role in the final battle.

Put simply, the heroes of FINAL FANTASY XII would not have won the day without Ondore’s help. He’s a canny politician and a noble leader alike.

Not to mention one heck of a good narrator!


Wedge might not be the smartest member of Avalanche, or the most physically capable. But nobody in the organization - nay, the whole of Midgar - has a bigger heart.

Whatever the situation, Wedge steps up. When the team embarks on a daring raid on a Shinra facility, and Cloud is set upon by guard dogs, he bravely leaps into action as a rear guard for the mercenary. And we mean ‘rear guard’ quite literally.

Later, he ‘persuades’ Shinra’s security forces to let the residents of the Sector 7 slums evacuate the area and escape the danger about to befall them. Plus, he plays a pivotal role in the rescue of Aerith from the Shinra building when he shows up with the rest of Avalanche to pull the team of trouble.

He may doubt his worth, but he shouldn’t - despite Cloud’s dislike of the term, he’s a true bro.


FINAL FANTASY XVI is full of big personalities and bigger moments, from the windy rage of Benedikta to the vengeful traps of Hugo Kupka (who is, in this writer’s humble opinion, responsible for one of the greatest boss fights in series history, hands-down).

But while the Eikons and their Dominants might attract most of the attention in trailers and box art, it’s the everyday characters who really bring this richly detailed world to life. Not least of which is Gav, the chief scout for Cid’s band of outlaws.

Despite being just an ‘ordinary’ man, Gav is incredibly skilled at getting in and out of areas unseen and ferreting out information for his allies. After a few close scrapes, he forms a close friendship with hero Clive Rosfield, and becomes one of his most steadfast allies. His support for the hero is absolute, and dedication to his cause never wavers - despite coming at great personal cost.

Gav’s contribution cannot be understated - he’s a hero through and through. We should all be as lucky to have a friend like him.

Those were just a few of the unsung hero from Square Enix games, but we’re sure you have suggestions of your own. Head over to our social channels to share your picks:

7 of the best gunners in Square Enix games

We take a look at some of our favorite gunslinging heroes, from swashbuckling leading men to former Shinra employees.
By Duncan Heaney
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We’ve celebrated everything from spell-slingin’ black mages to sword-swingin’ warriors, but there’s one type of RPG hero that hasn’t had their time in the spotlight: the type that uses a firearm.

Whether you call them machinists, gunners or something else, their eagle eyes, pinpoint accuracy and sense of style make them a blast. Let’s take a look at just seven of our favorites:

Irvine - FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered

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Irvine seems to be the consummate sharpshooter - cool, suave and utterly composed. He presents himself as a ladies’ man, constantly attempting to woo the women in the party, to various degrees of failure.

However, as you discover through the game, much of this is a front. Despite operating as a sniper - a traditionally solitary role - and his lighthearted persona, Irvine craves companionship and cares deeply for his friends.

He’s thoughtful and surprisingly sensitive - when the pressure’s on him to take out a dangerous sorceress, he chokes. It’s only thanks to Squall’s support that he finds the resolve to pull the trigger and fulfil his duty.

Ultimately, he’s a valued member of the team, both in and out of combat. And certainly the most stylish - few people rock a hat quite so well.


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Jack Garland may be a versatile fighter, able to use many types of weapons, but firearms are not one of them. So for once, Jack doesn’t make the cut for this list.

…what’s that? The third additional mission in the Season Pass, DIFFERENT FUTURE, adds them as a weapon type along with three associated gunslingin’ jobs?

Wow! He really is a Jack of all trades!


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After the events of FINAL FANTASY X, the world of Spira is forever changed… and so are its residents.

That’s especially apparent in Yuna - once this Summoner was weighed down by the burden of responsibility, and the expectation that she would suppress the threat of Sin. But now that the murderously moist menace is no longer a factor, she’s free to pursue her own goals in her own way.

And she does so in spectacular style! She explodes into the game with a new attitude, a new career as a sphere hunter and two powerful handguns – you could even get a real life PS2 controller based on these weapons!

It brings to mind 1,000 words, and all of them are variations of ‘awesome’.


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This mercenary is quiet, reserved and quite lethal with a gun. And yet, like most things in the beautifully fleshed-out world of HARVESTELLA, there’s much more to him than meets the eye.

Once he accepts a job, he’ll go to any ends to take it to completion. That’s to your benefit when you hire him during your investigations into the deadly season known as Quietus. Despite his hefty fee - he costs more than a few carrop harvests - once he joins the team, he’s a steadfast ally who you’ll come to rely on.

And as the story progresses, you’ll peel back the layers of his personality, discover the tragic past that drives him, and even potentially bring him back from the edge of darkness. By the end, you may even call him… friend.

Merlwyb Bloefhiswyn - FINAL FANTASY XIV

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You can’t accuse Merlwyb of being an underachiever.

This former pirate has risen to become leader of the Maelstrom, one of the three Grand Companies of Eorzea. Despite her swashbuckling past, she’s grown into a strong leader, who guides the city-state of Limsa Lominsa with a firm hand.

Too firm, some pirates may argue, as her restrictions have gone a long way to curtailing their activities. However, with the reemerging threat of the Garlean Empire, and the threat of the primals, her attempts to maintain a tentative peace with other nations prove to be most prudent.

While she spends much of her time playing politics, she’s equally impressive when it’s time for direct action. Be it a duel or the field of combat, her two beloved muskets, Death Penalty and Annihilator, are all she needs to get the job done.


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We go from a pirate of the sea to one of the sky!

Balthier’s a true swashbuckler, sailing the skies of Ivalice with skill and style - if he does say so himself. He’s often seen wielding a gun, and this was his starting weapon in the original release of FINAL FANTASY XII, and his weapon of choice in the Nintendo DS sequel FINAL FANTASY XII: REVENANT WINGS.

Things changed a little with the introduction of the Zodiac job system used in later releases of the game, including FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE. This lets you assign characters whatever job you like, so you can choose to make Balthier something other than a gun-toting Machinist if you were so inclined.

Even so, his legacy with the weapon means he will always be identified with it. Plus we couldn’t exactly leave him off the list, could we? He’s the leading man!


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Vincent’s not the only gun-user in FINAL FANTASY VII. Barret’s pretty heavily armed too and we mean that literally.

However, while Barret can also make use of select melee weapons, the marvelous Mr. Valentine sticks to using firearms. This makes him a useful addition to any party - able to lurk in the back row and fire shots off from a safer distance.

Vincent is such an integral part of the FINAL FANTASY VII series that it’s easy to forget that many players missed him the first time they played. In the original game, he’s an optional character - an enigmatic figure found sleeping in the depths of the Shinra mansion.

Despite that, he’s featured prominently in the movie FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN and even took the lead in his own game: DIRGE OF CERBERUS FINAL FANTASY VII. It’s easy to see why he’s so beloved - between his awesome design, cool as ice persona and skill with a gun, he’s one of the most stylish characters in the whole series.

Yes, he may occasionally reach his Limit and turn into a rampaging new fiendish form, but hey - we all have bad days.

Those were just a few of the gun totin’ heroes we love in Square Enix games, but we’re sure you have some picks of your own. Let us know on social media:

8 Square Enix titles you may have missed in 2022

Last year was packed with amazing games, from brand new RPG franchises to the triumphant return of some beloved series. How many of these have you played?
By Edward Price
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2022 saw us release over 20 games. Whether you wanted an adventure big or small, we had you covered.

While 2023 is looking to be an incredible year for Square Enix, with the likes of Forspoken out now and FINAL FANTASY XVI launching June 22, there may be some amazing games from last year that you didn’t get a chance to experience.

If your resolution was to play more games this year, we'd recommend that you start with the following.

Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden and Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden

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2022 saw the launch of not one, but three YOKO TARO-led games. If only we could always be this lucky.

NieR:Automata was released on Nintendo Switch, and two new Voice of Cards RPGs arrived on PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam!

The Voice of Cards series share a similar aesthetic and gameplay between entries, with each presented as a tabletop card game, but every game is completely standalone, with their own characters and stories to tell.

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In Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden, your hero travels across the realm in a search to help his friend unlock her destiny as a maiden of the isle, in the hopes that it can stop their homeland from being destroyed. The adventure sees you team up with other maidens and their guardians, each of whom has a very different playstyle and path to salvation, which allows you to vary up strategies in battle and learn what secrets the world holds, together.

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Meanwhile, Voice of Cards: The Beasts of Burden is a tale of revenge that sees your hero wish to avenge the destruction of her hometown beneath the Earth.

She soon learns that she has the power to capture the essence of enemies, allowing her to utilise their attacks in battle. This may see you attempt to capture as many monsters as you can, placing them in your pocket, ready to help you become the very best battler, like no-one ever was.

Each game has a wonderful array of characters, melancholy tales that tug at the heartstrings, and come complete with a joyful cynicism and inventiveness that could only come from Creative Director YOKO TARO.

All three games in this series, Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden and Voice of Cards: Beasts Of Burden, plus the first instalment, Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars released in 2021, are available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Steam.


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How wonderful would it be to set sail, and make a new life elsewhere? In VARIOUS DAYLIFE, you can find out for yourself!

This pioneering new RPG landed on the console shores last September, and bought with it a wonderful mixture of exploration and battling from the massively-talented Team Asano (BRAVELY DEFAULT, OCTOPATH TRAVELER).

Your story begins when you leave your home and join the seventh generation of settlers to a new continent. Upon exploring, you begin to discover mysterious crystals and artefacts, as well as a bevy of native monsters who are keen to stop you seeing all this land has to offer.

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With a large variety of jobs to take on, an eclectic cast of team-mates, and so many different ways to develop your hero, VARIOUS DAYLIFE will soon see you compelled to take on new work orders, explore your newfound home, and uncover the mysteries that lie at the heart of the island.

VARIOUS DAYLIFE is now available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Steam, iOS and Android. Steam players can also purchase the game in a bundle with fellow Team Asano title and awe-inspiring TRIANGLE STRATEGY.

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story

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Is it truly possible to be granted eternal youth? If so, to what lengths would you go to secure it for yourself? These are the questions posed by The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story, which released last May.

Directed by Koichiro Ito (METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN), this mystery adventure game sees you play as acclaimed mystery novelist Haruka Kagami as she attempts to help uncover the enigmatic mystery that surrounds the Shijima clan.

In order to truly discover the truth behind it all, you and Haruka will explore the chronology of the Shijima family and solve the myriad of murders that cropped up throughout generations, from the early 1900s to the hustle and bustle of the 70s, and even the present day.

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What makes the series special is the stellar live action, which sees the actors appear in different roles through each case, giving an even greater sense of intrigue. The actor playing the victim in one case could potentially be the killer in another. Solving each case is also great fun, with each incident allowing you to match your collected clues against the mystery of the case to deduce all manner of hypotheses and motives for each crime. What could appear to be a simple crime can easily escalate into something darker and more complex, and it’s a joy to watch unfold.

Do you think you have what it takes to solve The Centennial Case? The game is available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4/5, and Steam. A demo is also available containing the first case, but please note that progress does not carry over to the full game.


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Boundless adventure awaits in a treasure hunter’s paradise! This new game follows the childhood adventures of siblings Erik and Mia, who first appeared in the iconic DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. This incredible adventure sees them transported to the mysterious world of Draconia, where they embark on an epic journey to find the seven Dragonstones in the hopes of earning the life that they’ve always dreamed of.

You can choose to explore as Erik or Mia, with progress and character development shared between them, meaning you don't miss out by playing as one over the other. After landing in Draconia Erik and Mia settle into their base of operations by hunting for treasure.

While procuring loot, you’ll encounter many monsters that you’ll be able to recruit to your gang. These monsters will be important to your success, as they have special skills you can utilise to search for treasure, traverse the islands of Draconia, and fight off enemy monsters and rival gangs. As players collect more treasure, they can grow Erik and Mia’s base and allow them to recruit even more allies to the cause.

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Whether you loved DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age and want to know more about the enigmatic duo of Erik and Mia or if you've yet to play a DRAGON QUEST title and wish to see what awaits you, DRAGON QUEST TREASURES is a stellar experience that you can play now on Nintendo Switch.

Download the demo now! You can even carry your save file into the full game. Doing so will gift you 5 Better Buddy Bullets, which increases how likely monsters are to want to join your gang.

The DioField Chronicle

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2022 saw several amazing strategy games released by Square Enix, with TRIANGLE STRATEGY and Tactics Ogre: Reborn providing players amazingly in-depth turn-based, isometric battles. Hopefully, you didn't miss that it also saw the launch of The DioField Chronicle, an all-new Strategy RPG that chronicles an epic tale of war and honour.

Set in a unique and beautiful world that blends fantasy, medieval, and modern-day influences, and starring a dense roster of intriguing heroes, The DioField Chronicle represents a new kind of strategy game - one that will have you deftly making life-or-death decisions on the fly.

The DioField Chronicle features a strategic “Real-Time Tactical Battle” (RTTB) system, where rather than waiting their turn, your units and the enemy will carry our actions in real-time, which means you'll often have to issue decisive orders, carry out risky manoeuvres and make the most out of your units' special abilities in order to get a vital advantage over your foes.

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What makes the game stand out even more are the beautiful diorama-style visuals, which richly depict DioField island in all of its glory as you plan, battle, and lead your army into a new dawn. It sounds as good as it looks too, thanks to a beautiful soundtrack by Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell (Game of Thrones).

Available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam, there are plenty of ways to enjoy The DioField Chronicle. Picking it up now will put you in great stead for its forthcoming free update in March, which provides new story content, a new weapon, new skills, and additional challenges.

Plus there's a free demo available now that allows you to transfer your save to the full game.


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This new entry in the acclaimed VALKYRIE series sees you tasked with helping Odin save the world before Ragnarok devastates the world. Combining RPG elements with a lot of action, it's not long before you'll be unleashing painful combos upon your foes or putting lost souls back in their rightful place.

Throughout your quest you'll also team up with a series of Einherjar: heroes whose souls possess exceptional strength, chosen by Valkyrie to live once more. They had once lost all hope, but will stand by your side on your journey of planetary salvation. Able to be summoned upon the battlefield to assist your hero, they're one of many parts that make VALKYRIE ELYSIUM such a pleasure to play.

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As you power up Valkyrie and hone her skills in battle, she's able to learn a variety of spells and abilities, and by completing the requests of lost souls, she can gain access to even more powerful spells and weapons, which allows you to further vary your combat strategies and techniques. Before long, you'll be fighting back swarms of foes with wild abandon, racking up massive combo attacks, and near single-handedly saving the day.

It’s a game that makes you feel like a true guardian of the gods, meting out divine justice, and travelling across the realm to save everyone you can. There's even a special ending for those who explore the world to its fullest...

VALKYRIE ELYSIUM is available on PS5, PS4 and Steam. There’s not only a free demo on PS5 and 4 that you can try out now, but the Digital Deluxe Edition on PlayStation 4 or 5 includes the newly-released port of VALKYRIE PROFILE: LENNETH *.

*VALKYRIE PROFILE: LENNETH is also available to purchase separately on PlayStation Store.


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2022 also saw the long-awaited return of the STAR OCEAN series, bringing the action role-playing series onto the new generation of consoles.

The game begins when hero Raymond Lawrence is attacked by the Pangalactic Federation, and crash-lands on what appears to be an underdeveloped planet. He soon meets Princess Laeticia, and after helping her protect her homeland from an invading empire, their journey soon sees them preparing to shake the foundations of the entire universe.

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STAR OCEAN THE DIVINE FORCE evolves the series' battle system, delivering incredibly fast-paced combat and the ability to take on large swathes of enemies at once. This makes confrontations feel thrilling yet challenging and gives you more options to take down foes than ever before.

Likewise, THE DIVINE FORCE makes the STAR OCEAN series bigger than it's ever been before, with massive environments that you can traverse on foot or in the sky. Even better is the fact that combat is now seamless. Combine these facts and you have an adventure that gives you more freedom in exploration and combat than any other title in the series.

The game’s available now on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam.

If you want to try before you buy, there's also a free demo available too (please note that progress does not carry over to the full game).


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The season of death approaches, and only you can stop it.

This magnificent lifestyle sim JRPG sees you waking up on an unfamiliar planet as it's visited by the troubling Quietus, a rogue season that sees crops wilt and anyone caught in its haze suffer terminal illness. You soon rescue the enigmatic Aria, who believes that she's a time traveller, sent from the future where the planet is about to be destroyed by a soon all-encompassing Quietus.

Amid your quest to quell the incoming storm, you inherit a small farm, which allows you to grow crops, raise animals, and earn money that you can use to renovate your home, power up weapons, or reinvest back into your farm to make it even bigger and better.

Before long, you'll find yourself convincing yourself to play just one more in-game day to collect the crops, plant new ones, and help the citizens of HARVESTELLA, only to find another half hour has passed and that you're already convincing yourself again to collect the crops, plant new ones...

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Coupled with the ever-so-slightly addictive farming is the mission to put an end to the Quietus. You’ll recruit a cast of heroes, from sky-lancer Asyl to the enigmatic inventor Heine. Additionally, you can befriend other people in the world, such as the Doctor Cres or the verbose Unicon. You can also take on quests that explore their lives further, humanising - (or in the case of the Unicorn, unicorn..ising?) - your allies and reminding them what they're fighting for. Beneath it all, there's a story that evolves into something beautifully sincere, infectiously optimistic, and inspiringly hopeful.

There simply aren't enough words to describe how wonderful the journey of HARVESTELLA is. If you want to try it out for yourself then there's a free demo on Nintendo Switch available now that allows you to carry over your save to the full game.

So how many of these amazing games have you played, and which are you planning to pick up? Be sure to let us know on social media:

11 tips and tricks for HARVESTELLA

With this advice, you’ll be ready to start your new life in style - and survive the season of death!
By Duncan Heaney

Your new life begins today: HARVESTELLA is out now for Nintendo Switch and Steam!

This life simulation RPG places you in an expansive world where you can farm, fish, socialize and battle throughout the different seasons of the year. But be careful, because a new season has started to occur in the interim between the others: Quietus - and it’s the season of death.

It’s up to you to solve the mystery behind this dangerous new phenomenon - and turning your humble homestead into a flourishing farm. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone - we’re here to help. We’ve put together 11 top tips to help you get going.

1. Don’t go out on an adventure without food

Remember: a hungry adventurer is a dead adventurer!

Exploring the world of HARVESTELLA is exhausting work - especially when you factor in the scary beasts that slink and snarl in its darkest corners. One of the biggest challenges when traversing dungeons is ensuring you can manage your stamina and HP - run out of either and you’re in trouble.

That’s why you should always carry some food, so before you head out, be sure to do some cooking and stock up. It’s also worth carrying a few options - while some food will just heal and restore stamina, others can also add additional effects like boosting attack power.

It’s also worth bringing a bite to eat for your companions. If you take a break, and give them a meal they like, you’ll get closer and maybe even share some unique interactions!

2. Bait enemies until you unlock the ability to dodge

When you start your adventure in HARVESTELLA, you won’t have the ability to dodge straight away. You’ll unlock this later, but until you do, you should be careful in how you approach combat.

Ideally, you’ll want to avoid getting surrounded by a mob as much as possible. In these early stages, try to bait enemies away from each other and into positions where you can take them out one on one!

3. Exploit enemy weaknesses wherever possible

In classic RPG style, enemies have weaknesses to elemental attributes and certain attack types. Exploit these weaknesses wherever you can - if your foe is weak to fire, burn them up. If they’re weak against water, make a splash when you attack.

You can find details of enemy weaknesses in the encyclopedia, found in the main menu. It won’t always be possible to take advantage of weaknesses, of course, but if you can, it’ll make your battles a lot easier.

4. Repairs are almost aways worth the time and effort

As you explore wild regions of the world, you’ll see areas where you could build a ladder. Doing so takes time, but it typically opens a shortcut that helps you get around much easier. It’s almost always worth building a ladder, especially if you plan to make a return visit to an area later.

Throughout dungeons, you may encounter broken bridges, which you can repair with a kit. Sometimes you’ll need to fix them to progress, and other times there are valuable rewards on the other side - it’s always worth using some of your valuable time to fix them up.

So, make sure you always carry some repair kits with you. Dianthus gives you the first for free, but after that, you’ll have to craft them.

5. Get the hammer as soon as possible

One of your first tasks in HARVESTELLA is to get a hammer, so you can clear some of the debris littering your farm. There’s no time limit on this, so you can take a few days if necessary, but we recommend you get to gathering the materials as quickly as possible.

Cleaning up your field means you can start growing more crops at a time and - importantly in the early game - making money!

6. Unlock fishing ASAP

Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does the book of fishing knowledge (with included rod)… and that’ll take you some of the way there.

You’ll find places to fish throughout the world of HARVESTELLA and it’s always worth taking some time to drop your lure. Not only are the waters full of aquatic creatures that can be sold for decent money, or cooked up for a tasty treat, you’ll sometimes find more valuable treasures!

Plus, fishing is fun - a delightfully zen way to while away a few hours of the in-game day.

7. Also, buy the kitchen counter from the Renovator ASAP

We have one more early-purchase tip for you to complete you spending-spree. The Renovator store in Lethe lets you add home improvements for your house. As soon as you can afford it, get the kitchen counter. It lets you cook with ingredients you find and produce you grow.

Cooking is massively advantageous. The meals you make let you keep your stamina up, so you can do more in a day without a break. It can keep you alive when you’re adventuring, raise your friendship with other characters, especially if they ask for a specific meal, and it sells for a good price. Plus it looks delicious!

8. Faerie Orders offer extremely valuable benefits

At some point, you’ll meet a Fire Faerie, who’ll introduce you to a feature called ‘Faerie Orders’.

As the name implies, these are orders to complete specific tasks, such as harvest a certain number of crops or build a new device. Always keep an eye on what the Faeries want you to do and remember to report any completed orders - because the rewards can be amazing!

For example, you’ll get the ability to water multiple plants at once or expand the size of your fields. When you meet more faeries, you’ll even get access to new biomes like caves and water pools, so you can grow specialist crops!

So check those orders!

9. Experiment with seasonal produce

Some crops can only be grown and harvested during particular seasons. For example, the Nemean Tomato only grows during Spring, while the Lumpotato is only harvestable during the Winter season.

It’s worth growing at least some seasonal produce while you can because it’s a good way to make some money, and some unique meals that you can’t get at other times. Meals like these for example:

What do you mean this tip was mainly an excuse to post mouthwatering pictures of food?

10. Be a good friend

Socializing is an important part of HARVESTELLA - friends support each other, so the better your relationships with the people you meet, the easier your life will be.

Characters will sometimes give you quests to complete and doing so will result in the two of you getting closer. Important characters and battle allies also have character stories, where you’ll learn more about them.

Helping out your friends is always worthwhile because they’ll reward you with useful items, benefits in combat and more. If they get close enough, they may even move into your house.

So as a rule, if a character wants your help, attend to their request sooner rather than later, as the rewards are normally worth it!

11. Relax and take your time

Although the days go by, HARVESTELLA is not a game you need to worry about rushing. Once you complete the introductory sections of the game, you’re free to do what you want when you want.

For example, if you want to play hooky from all the world-saving shenanigans and spend the day tending your crops, fishing and chatting up the locals, you absolutely can. Alternatively, if you want to dive straight into the next dungeon, bash some beasties and get to the bottom of Quietus, you can do that too.

Don’t stress about trying to do too much in one day - just relax and enjoy the game at your own pace. That’s what HARVESTELLA is all about.

With this advice, you have everything you need to start your new life in HARVESTELLA. The game is available physically and digitally on Nintendo Switch and digitally on Steam:

We hope you enjoy the game. Just watch out for Quietus!

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Harvestella: Quietus Dungeon, Cooking Deliveries and the Day One Update

Learn about some more activities in the game, including a new dangerous dungeon. And what’s in the day one update?
By Duncan Heaney

Quietus is nearly upon us!

In mere days, on November 4, 2022, HARVESTELLA launches for Nintendo Switch and Steam. This brand new life simulation RPG lets you live a richly rewarding existence in a new world, while working to solve the mysteries of Quietus - the season of death.

This new phenomenon happens in the interim between seasons - and it more than lives up to its title. A strange dust spreads across the land, killing crops and forcing the inhabitants to take shelter.

It’s up to you to discover what’s causing this deadly season - and put a stop to it. …if you want. You can also choose to spend your day farming crops, raising livestock, fishing, or hanging out with your friends. It’s your life, and you can live it however you like.

In previous articles, we’ve looked at Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter in the game - today, we’re going to take a quick look at the fifth season: Quietus itself, and discuss what’s changed from the demo too!

Quietus Dungeon

During Quietus - and only during Quietus - a mysterious dungeon becomes accessible. The interior is somewhat strange…

You enter this deep dungeon from a well, which you’ll find in a certain location…

Defeat the fearsome enemies that await you on each floor and press on further into the deepest depths of the dungeon.

New job: Lunamancer

Your weapons and abilities in battle are determined by the Jobs you have equipped. By recruiting characters with a particular job, your protagonist will be able to use it, too.

Release is nearly upon us, but we have time to reveal one more job: the Lunamancer!

This job excels at wide-range magic attacks and weakening enemies. It can perform attacks that take advantage of the planet's huge mass.

Daily Life: Cooking Deliveries

Over the last few months, we’ve shown you many drool-inducing shots of the delicious food you can cook in HARVESTELLA. But what can you do with it?

You can eat it or sell it, of course, but you can also use it to fulfill cooking deliveries!

Residents of the different towns you visit on your adventure may sometimes ask you for a particular dish.

By cooking and delivering their requested dish, you can earn a range of rewards including money and new recipes.

Conellu Dolls

In a certain town, a hideout lies quietly nestled away.

It is said that the owner of this hideout, Chief Conellu, will exchange any Conellu Dolls you find and hand over for some great stuff.

Conellu Dolls can be found in all kinds of places, lying around towns or in dungeons.

Pick them up and claim your reward from Chief Conellu!

Updates to HARVESTELLA from the Demo Version

The full version of HARVESTELLA features a day one update that refines and improves features based on feedback from the Nintendo Switch demo. These include:

Longer days

We’ve reduced time lapse speed on the world map and the field, so you have longer to farm, fish, chat, explore or anything else you want to do!

Fishing is more fun

The hit time for fishing has been reduced, making the activity more rewarding.

Switch jobs faster

The cooldown time for job changes has been reduced, meaning you can switch roles more frequently in combat. It makes it easier to pick the right Job for the… um… job.

The Mage job attacks more quickly

Some players found the Mage job’s strikes a little slow, so its normal attack speed has been increased.

More warning when you’re low on HP

A new warning effect has been added that lets you know when a character’s HP is low. This extra information should help keep your party on their feet in tougher battles!

Additional updates

The full version of HARVESTELLA has also received a number of additional improvements, including:

  • Partially reduced loading time
  • Modified UI during save and auto-save
  • Various assorted bug fixes

Please note that all of the above updates are coming to the full version of HARVESTELLA only - the demo won’t be updated.

HARVESTELLA launches November 4, 2022 for Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam!

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A look at Winter in HARVESTELLA

Feel the chill as we show you what to expect from the Winter season in this exciting new life simulation RPG!
By Duncan Heaney
Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

There’s less than a month until HARVESTELLA is out!

For those only just arriving at the party, this upcoming life simulation RPG lets you enjoy daily life, socializing and action-packed adventures in a beautiful world, where the seasons are governed by giant crystals known as the Seaslight.

However, the crystals have started to behave weirdly, and between each season, they release a deadly dust that kills crops and harms humans. This has become known as Quietus, the season of death.

We’ve already given you a few glimpses of the game, including what to expect from the areas governed by the Spring, Summer and Fall Seaslight. By our calculations, that means there’s one season left - and it’s pretty cool.

Let’s talk Winter!

Winter location: Holy Capital Argene

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Welcome to the Holy Capital Argene!

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella
Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

It’s a religious city covered in snow and the home base of The Seaslight Order.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Priests of the Order come to worship at the Divine Cave near Argene, where is where the Winter Seaslight is located.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

You and Aria visit the Holy City Argene to investigate the Winter Seaslight but are told that only those who have been given the the flower "Flos-Indulgentia" are allowed entry into the Divine Cave.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

A priest of the Order says that since the Seaslight anomaly, he has been receiving divine revelations. The prophecy of a disaster in the near future has led many of the faithful to seek the Flos-Indulgentia, rumored to mark those who wear them as pure...

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Argene has an underground passage, which even the Order don’t seem to know about…

New character: Brakka

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Brakka is a mercenary, dressed in black. He fights with a mysterious weapon that sends bullets flying.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

He’ll take on any request as long as he’s paid, though his price is rumored to be high...

Daily Life: Faerie Orders

Next, let’s take a look at an activity you can undertake in your daily life: Faerie Orders.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

One day, a fire faerie appears at your home. It seems to have something to do with the Seaslight, and claims that other types of faerie exist too.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

It says that it will help you work the fields and gives you access to Faerie Orders.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

You can check Faerie Orders from the Faerie Book in your home.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

By reporting any orders that have been completed, you’ll earn rewards!

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

For example, by completing Faerie Orders, you’ll gain the ability to plow large areas of fields at once, or water, sow, and harvest crops altogether! It makes farming faster and easier!

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

You can also level up your fields to increase the probability of harvesting high quality crops. These can be shipped at a higher price or used to make high quality food.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

In a previous article (read it here), we explained how you can also grow crops in water and cave biomes. These can be unlocked by helping faeries linked to different Seaslight.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Daily Life: Winter Produce

As with the other seasons, some produce can only be harvested during Winter. Here are some of the crops you can grow during the snowy season:

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella


Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Snowcap Mikan

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Argene Cabbage

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Chilly Plant

Daily Life: Winter Cuisine

Now here’s the bit you’ve probably been waiting for. More beautifully detailed shots of delicious-looking grub. Don’t look at these with an empty stomach…

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella


Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Marmalade (processed product)

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Argene Cabbage Stew

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Ice Cream

Adventure: new jobs revealed

You can take on different roles in battle by equipping jobs. The weapons and skills you can use are determined by the job you have equipped.

When you recruit a new character to fight alongside you, you also gain access to their job. Let’s take a look at two as-yet unrevealed ones:


Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

This job excels at delivering physical attacks from a distance. The attribute of normal attacks can be switched between fire and ice when the necessary skill has been unlocked.


Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

This is a job that performs physical and magical attacks with a magic sword. You can learn skills that deal wide-ranged attacks or set up fields that cause continuous damage.

Adventure: Break time

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Food does more than just give you energy. Eating a meal during an adventure with your party members will sometimes result in a special storyline, as well as better food effects than usual.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella
Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Depending on the food you eat, you may see an unexpected side to the other characters.

Adventure: FEAR

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

In some dungeons, you may encounter powerful enemies called "FEAR". These are clearly different to the ordinary monsters roaming around.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

You won't be able to defeat these formidable opponents if your party is weak, but if you take them down, you may obtain powerful accessories.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

You may encounter paths that seemingly require you to defeat a FEAR to proceed. However, these can be avoided by taking advantage of the environment and unique elements of each dungeon.

Holy Capital Argene in Harvestella

Use skills and field effects to your advantage to move forward.

We hope you enjoyed this chilly look at what’s ahead in HARVESTELLA. You can experience it yourselves this actual winter when the game launches November 4, 2022.

Remember though - you don’t have to wait around to play the game. A free demo is available now on Nintendo Switch! It lets you play from the start of the story until 15 in-game days pass, or up to when you complete Chapter 2.

Save files carry over to the full game - so everything you grow, and everyone you meet will be waiting for you when you play HARVESTELLA later this year!

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A look at Summer in HARVESTELLA

Put on some shades and join us as we take a look at the Summer season in this upcoming Life Simulation RPG. See characters, crops, combat, and some REALLY delicious food!
By Duncan Heaney

HARVESTELLA grows ever nearer - this new Life Simulation RPG launches for Switch and Steam on November 4, 2022.

The game lets you enjoy daily life, socializing and adventuring in a beautiful world, where each of the four seasons is governed by giant crystals known as the Seaslight.

However, these all-important crystals have started to act strangely. In the interim between seasons, a strange dust is released, killing crops, and forcing people to cower in their homes. It’s called Quietus - the season of death.

We’ve previously shown you areas governed by the Spring Seaslight and the Fall Seaslight. Today, let’s step into Summer.

Left: The Seaslight during regular seasons. Right: The Seaslight during Quietus

Summer Location: Shatolla

Welcome to the seaside town of Shatolla.

Many of the residents here support themselves through fishing.

There is a large tavern in the center of town. Fishers who have finished a hard day’s work gather here to drink and sing together.

Ever since the change in the Seaslight, giant bubbles have been appearing on the seas by Shatolla. People call these the Summer Bulla.

At the same time, a whispered rumor begins to spread amongst the fishing community about the sea witch, Lorelei. They say her singing voice can drag ships to the bottom of the ocean.

In the tavern, a singer known as Emo tries to bring courage and cheer to the fishers.

The diva of Shatolla wants to travel to the Seaslight for some reason. Although it doesn’t seem like she can tell anyone why...

Your journey will take you into the dangerous Coral Shrine!


Next, allow us to show you a couple of the characters you’ll meet in Shatolla: Heine and Emo.


Heine is an inventor with an atelier in Shatolla. He’s a young man who spends his days entirely absorbed in creating inventions. Everyone treats him as a bit of an eccentric.

A dandy and ladies’ man, he’s quick to start flirting with women.


Emo is the diva of the tavern in Shatolla.

She seems to have a somewhat otherworldly air about her...

Adventure: new jobs revealed

Jobs determine your weapon and abilities in battle. You can equip many different jobs in HARVESTELLA, such as the previously revealed Fighter, Mage, and Shadow Walker.

If you recruit a character with a particular job, the protagonist becomes able to use that job as well!

Today, we’re going to show you a couple of new jobs you can use:


The Mechanic job is proficient at physical attacks and weakening enemies. It also lets you perform charge attacks.


This job that lets you wield magic through song to support your team. It also lets you perform charge attacks.

Adventure: Skills

Each job has its own unique skills, which you can obtain from its Skill Board.

Some skills can be performed in battle while others take effect simply by being acquired.

JP (Job Points) are required to obtain skills, and are gained by defeating enemies in battle.

You’ll gradually unlock more and more panels and obtain skills that grant all kinds of effects!

Daily Life: Summer Produce

That’s enough about battles and action - let’s talk about food!

While some produce can be grown and harvested all year round, some fruit and veg can only be grown during a particular season.

Here is a look at some Summer produce!

Shatollan Paprika.


Seatide Garlic.


Daily Life: Summer Cuisine

You can sell all these crops to make money, or you can hold some back for cooking. Prepare to drool when you see these examples of summer cuisine…

Fisherman’s Sandwich.

Hop Juice.

Shrimp and Mushroom Tapas.

Melting Chocolate Fondant.

Daily life: Waterside and cave biomes

If you’ve played the HARVESTELLA demo, you’ll have seen the field outside the protagonist’s home. That’s not the only place to grow crops, however - there are fields in special environments too! There are some crops that can only grow in these environments.

Waterside biome

Here we see an irrigated field full of water.

Sweet crops grow well in this biome.

Cave biome

Spices and other seasonings grow well in the dry ground of caves.

Daily Life: Renovation

The Renovator in Lethe can help you to improve many aspects of your daily life.

For example, they can expand your field, build or animal enclosures, or construct a kitchen counter to allow you to cook.

Animal Enclosures

Having an animal enclosure built will allow you to rear livestock.

You can increase the number of livestock you can keep by building more animal pens.

Kitchen Counter

Placing a kitchen counter will allow you to cook meals. You cook with ingredients you collect and produce you grow.

Meals are essential on your adventures. For example, they can recover your stamina and HP.

We hope you liked this latest look at HARVESTELLA! The game releases November 4, 2022 for Nintendo Switch and Steam.

You don’t have to wait to play it though! A free demo is available now on Nintendo Switch! It lets you play from the start of the story until 15 in-game days pass, or up to when you complete Chapter 2.

What’s more, save files carry over to the full game - so everything you grow, and everyone you meet will be waiting for you when you play HARVESTELLA later this year!

Please enjoy the demo! We’ll have more to share about this fantastic new game as we get closer to release, so be sure to bookmark the blog and follow Square Enix on social media for news and updates:

HARVESTELLA: New story, locations, combat job and pets revealed! And… introducing Omens!

We showcase some of the Fall-influenced locations, gameplay, characters and more you’ll encounter in this new Life Simulation RPG.
By Duncan Heaney

It’s time for another look at HARVESTELLA - the new Life Simulation RPG, coming November 4, 2022!

Previously, we gave you a closer look at the game’s many activities, including farming and fishing, socializing with friends, and taking on dangerous foes in battle. Read those articles here:

Today, we’re going to show you some information about how your adventure begins, the characters known as Omens, a job to use in combat, and even some newly revealed locations!

We’ll also show you some of the things you can grow and cook in Fall - if these autumnal appetisers don’t make your mouth water, nothing will!


HARVESTELLA is set in a world where four giant crystals - called ‘Seaslight’ - govern the seasons. However, these crystals have started to behave abnormally - and something new has appeared: Quietus.

It occurs in the interim between seasons, and it’s quickly established itself as the ‘Season of Death’. A deadly dust emerges from the Seaslight, causing crops to wither and people to remain trapped indoors.

The story truly begins when the protagonist - in other words, you - awakens on a hill near Lethe Village.

You’ve been saved by a doctor named Cres.

To the North of Lethe Village, a meteorite-like object blazes through the sky and falls to the ground!

A wounded Omen is found inside the object. These mysterious, armored figures are believed to the root cause of the calamity that has befallen the world.

Thus your new life begins - living in a vacant house on Bird’s Eye Brae near Lethe Village and watching over the Omen.

The cycle of gameplay

You start each day by waking up in your bed at home. What you do next is entirely up to you!

For example, you can work the fields…

…or go adventuring…

Whatever you decide to do each day, your actions will become more limited as you start to feel sleepy.

Make sure you go home and get some sleep before the night is over!

Fall Locations: Lethe Village and Higan Canyon

Next, let’s take a look at some of the places you’ll visit in HARVESTELLA that are governed, or influenced, by the Fall Seaslight.

Concept art by Isamu Kamikokuryo

This art shows the Fall Seaslight during regular seasons.

Concept art by Isamu Kamikokuryo

And here it is during Quietus.

Lethe Village

This is Lethe Village - a settlement near to the hill known as Bird’s Eye Brae, which is where you make your home.

Since Lethe is reasonably close to all the Seaslight, it experiences the four seasons.

The village is full of useful stores, where you can find everyday essentials or make preparations before setting out for adventure. These include:

A General Store…

…a Blacksmith…

…and a Renovator.

Higan Canyon

The way to the Fall Seaslight passes through Higan Canyon.

This area is categorized by the striking foliage that blazes a deep crimson.

You head into the canyon in pursuit of a girl who departed for the Seaslight.

It seems you’ll be heading for the Seaslight with an Omen you encounter on the way.

A unicorn makes an abrupt appearance - but is it friend or foe?


We’ve talked about Omens throughout this article - but what exactly are they?

Omens cover themselves in thick armour and carry out investigations on the Seaslights – although their motives are unknown.

Because of such actions, Omens are hated and feared by humans, who believe them to be behind the occurrence of Quietus.

It’s true that the Omens are shrouded in mystery. What is their objective?

Higan Canyon Encounter: Dianthus 

Dianthus is one such Omen. As she heads through Higan Canyon towards the Fall Seaslight for her own purposes, she becomes unable to move.

After being saved by the protagonist, they continue on towards the Fall Seaslight together.

Adventure: Job - the Assault Savant

When you’re exploring dangerous areas and dungeons, you’ll have to fight. Fortunately, you’re able to equip different jobs, which the weapon and abilities you can use in combat. When you recruit a character, you also gain the ability to use their job yourself!

Previously we’ve showcased the Fighter, Mage, Shadow Walker, and Sky Lancer jobs - today, allow us to introduce the Assault Savant!

This job utilizes science and martial arts. You can use skills to switch the attributes and effects of your regular attacks.

Adventure: Break Gauges and Special Attacks

Strong enemies, such as bosses, have four types of ‘elemental weaknesses’.

Attacking these weaknesses fills up Break Gauges, which will increase the damage towards enemies and enable you to activate a one-time special attack during a battle!

Elemental gauges are located on the top left of the battle screen.

The gauges will be in a “Break State” once they are filled up, allowing you to inflict more damage to enemies.

Special attacks can be activated once Break Gauges adjacent to each other go into a Break State.

You can learn special attacks by strengthening your bond with your comrades.

Daily Life: Special Fall Produce

HARVESTELLA lets you create your own farm and cultivate crops for cooking, crafting, and selling. Some produce can be grown all year round, while others can only be harvested in a particular season.

Let’s take a look at just a few examples of Fall produce:

Lantern Pumpkin.

Rainbow Bean.

Royal Eggplant.

Princess Chestnut.

Fall Cuisine

Lantern Pumpkin Gratin.

Lethe Egg King Cake.

Tomato and Eggplant Cheese Bake.

Mont Blanc.

Of course, there’s lots more Fall crops to grow and plenty more meals to make - each more mouthwatering than the last!

Daily Life: Pets

The area around your house on Bird’s Eye Brae is perfect for pets and livestock! You can even ride your pet Totokaku to move quickly around the world map!

Your Totokaku isn’t just for travel - sometimes it might dig something up!

You can feed your Totokaku to help it grow and become stronger. As it levels up, it’ll be able to do more things during travel.

Daily Life: Livestock

Building animal pens near your house on Bird’s Eye Brae will allow you to rear cluffowl and woolums. Rearing livestock will allow you to obtain eggs and milk, which you can then use in your cooking.

In addition to eggs and milk, there are certain things you’ll be able to obtain by raising your bond with your livestock.

You can increase the number of livestock you can look after by building more animal pens.

You can make feed with the Feed Maker processor.

Daily Life: Letters

Sometimes you’ll receive letters in your mailbox.

These might contain presents from mayor or words of thanks from people you’ve helped.

Some letters may even lead to the start of a new story!

…but that’s the end of our story for today.

We hope you’re feeling excited for the game - there’s only a few months to go before release!

HARVESTELLA launches November 4, 2022 digitally for Switch and Steam. A physical edition for Switch will also be available. The game is available to preorder now:

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Take a fresh look at HARVESTELLA

We’re excited to reveal new information and screenshots about HARVESTELLA - the life simulation RPG coming November 4 for Nintendo Switch and Steam!
By Duncan Heaney
The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

In June, we revealed HARVESTELLA - a new life simulation RPG that launches November 4, 2022 for Nintendo Switch and Steam.

We gave you a close look at the game, showcasing the game’s many depths, from farming, crafting, and socializing to fast-paced and strategic combat:

Even so, we know you want to know more, so we thought we’d give you a new look at the game.

Read on and we’ll reveal one of the visually beautiful towns and a key resident, take a look at some of the seasonal crops you can cultivate, a new job to take on monsters with and more!

Before that, however, let’s briefly recap for those who missed that initial announcement: what is HARVESTELLA?


The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

The new game is a life simulation RPG that lets you enjoy daily life, socializing and adventuring.

In daily life, you can spend a relaxing day farming, fishing, or raising livestock, before heading to town to socialize and build your relationships with residents. If you want to test your combat skills, you can step into a dungeon to take on hordes of monsters with a variety of weapons and jobs.

Whatever you do, time passes through the seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. But between each one is a fifth season: Quietus! During this time, crops wither and die, and a deadly dust keeps people trapped indoors.

You’ll need to plan around the changing seasons and the grim inevitability of Quietus, as you attempt to solve the mysteries behind this season of death.

The Town of Spring: Nemea

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Welcome to Nemea!

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight
The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

In this beautiful town, the flowers bloom all year round due to the influence of the nearby Spring Seaslight.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Once night falls, the town shows a different side.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Cherry blossoms dance against the night sky in a dreamlike display.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight
The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Despite its beauty, there is trouble in the town of Nemea. A giant egg has appeared on the Spring Seaslight - one of the giant crystals that governs the seasons. Ever since, unfamiliar monsters have been flying into town and attacking the residents!

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

When you visit Nemea, you become involved with the investigation of the Seaslight, alongside Asyl - a member of the Argus Brigade that protects the town.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

You can see the Spring Seaslight from the observation deck in Nemea.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Your group sets out to investigate the Seaslight…

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

… but what will you find waiting for you there?

Resident of Nemea: Istina

Next, we’ll introduce you to one of the memorable characters you’ll meet in this blooming place: Istina.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Istina is a teacher who lives together with the children at the town’s orphanage.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

She’s intellectual, quiet, and rarely displays her emotions openly. She enjoys reading about different places in the world and often reads aloud to the children.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

This is how she spends her days and she’s beloved by the townspeople. However, it’s said that she only arrived in Nemea a few years ago.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Upon meeting the protagonist, she must confront the past that she’s kept hidden…

Adventure: Jobs

When it comes to battle, you have access to multiple jobs, which define the weapon and abilities you can use in combat. Last time we showed you the Fighter, Mage and Shadow Walker jobs - this time we’re revealing the Sky Lancer.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

This job uses a spear and excels at physical attacks with wind attributes. Because it learns many wide-range skills that take advantage of the spear’s reach, the Sky Lancer is very useful when facing multiple enemies!

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

When you recruit a character who has a certain job, the protagonist will also be able to use that job! In the screenshot above, you can see how working with Asyl has unlocked the Sky Lancer for use!

Socializing: Character Stories

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Characters that can join you in battle as allies and other important characters each has their own Character Story.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

These stories focus on the problems that each character faces.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

As you progress through a Character Story, learning more about each character’s thoughts and feelings, your closeness to them will increase. This grants a range of benefits in combat, and you may even receive rewards!

Daily Life: Special Spring Produce

Farming is one of many Daily Life activities you can do in HARVESTELLA. By planting crops and tending to them diligently, you’ll be able to harvest them to either sell or use yourself in crafting and cooking.

Spring crops

Some produce can be harvested all year round, but some kinds of fruit and vegetables can only be grown during a specific season. Here’s a glimpse at some Spring crops you can cultivate:

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Nemean Tomato.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Wisty Peach.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight


The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight


Spring Cuisine

These crops can be used as ingredients in mouthwatering meals. Here’s a look at just some of them - apologies if this gets your stomachs rumbling!

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Nemea Bolognese.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Peach Rose Mousse,

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Zucchini and mince sandwiches.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Strawberry Shortcake.

Of course, there are many more types of special spring produce you can grow, and plenty more meals to make. But to publish more pictures of food would just be cruel, so we’ll let you discover them for yourselves.

Daily life: Fishing

Fishing is another way to happily wile away the hours in HARVESTELLA. You’ll be able to do it when you obtain a fishing rod.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Find a fishing point, and you can cast your line and catch some fish. Just as with crops grown on your farm, you can ship fish for money, or keep them to use in cooking.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

What you can catch depends on your location and other conditions. Perhaps you may even catch something other than a fish…

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

You can even upgrade your fishing rod, which will let you catch even rarer fish!

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

Daily Life: Shipping

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight
The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

You can earn money in HARVESTELLA by shipping fruit and vegetables that you harvest from your fields.

The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight
The protagonist and their allies look out at the Spring Seaslight

You can use machines that you’ve crafted to create processed goods, which ship for an even higher price.

We hope you enjoyed this brief look at what’s to come in HARVESTELLA. Of course, this barely scratches the surface - there’ll be so much more to see and do when the game launches on November 4, 2022 for Switch and Steam.

We’ll have more to share about the game as we get closer to release, so make sure you bookmark the blog and follow Square Enix on social media to see updates first!

What is HARVESTELLA? We take a closer look at the game

What is HARVESTELLA? What can you do in the game? How does combat work? Get a detailed look at this exciting new game in this preview!
By Duncan Heaney

Did you see the announcement for HARVESTELLA?

This new game lets you live the virtual existence that you want to, through the ever-changing seasons of vibrant fantasy world.

We’re really excited about this one and can’t wait to tell you more about it. So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do!



HARVESTELLA is a Life Simulation RPG where you can enjoy daily life, socializing, and adventuring.

For example, you could spend a relaxing day farming, fishing, or raising livestock…


…head to town to chat up the locals…


…or step bravely into a dungeon to take on some monsters - the choice is yours.


Whatever activities you engage in (and there a lot of things you can do), time constantly passes. You’re free to spend it as you please, but every 30 days, the seasons change.









But there’s one more season to worry about in HARVESTELLA: Quietus!

It occurs as the seasons shift. During this time, the crops wither and the deadly dust prevents people from walking around outside.


You’ll have to plan your farming and activities around the endless march of time - and the approach of Quietus.

Read on, and we’ll reveal just a few of the things you can get up to in the world of HARVESTELLA - but first, let’s take a look at the story and characters!

The Story

HARVESTELLA takes place on a planet where four giant crystals, known as the Seaslight, govern the seasons. All life receives their blessings.

One day, the Seaslight start behaving abnormally. Quietus begins to visit in the interim between seasons - and quickly establishes itself as the season of death. The Seaslight glow with a strange light, emitting a dust formed of light that threatens all it touches - crops die, and people are trapped inside.

During one particular Quietus, your character - a traveler - collapses in an isolated village. You meet a girl called Aria, who claims to have come from the future and is researching the mysteries of this new, unwelcome season.

Thus you and she take the first step on a journey that will reveal the very truth of the world.

The Characters

As you live your life in this troubled world, you’ll interact with some fascinating people. Let’s meet a few.

The Protagonist

  • Occupation: Traveler

This is who you control - you can choose your gender / appearance at the start of the game.

You were saved by the village doctor after collapsing during Quietus and have lived near the village ever since.



  • Occupation: Scientist

This girl who has traveled to the past, due to some kind of accident.

She ends up living in your home, while she searches for a way to return to her own time and delves into the mysteries of Quietus.



  • Occupation: Argus Brigade

This young man lives in a town near the Spring Seaslight. He grew up in the town orphanage, and now is part of the Argus Brigade.

Thanks to his straightforward and honest personality, the townspeople place their trust in him.



  • Occupation: Missionary

Shrika’s a missionary of the Seaslight Order - as the name implies, they worship the Seaslight.

She fights with blades of light that fly through the air, and travels from place to place, resolving various incidents.


Daily life: Farming

Next, we’ll showcase some of the activities you can engage with, including farming. You can grow vegetables, grains, and fruit in your fields - your specific options will largely depend on the season.

Your first step is to plant your crops.


Tend to them and soon they’ll be ready to harvest!


Once you’ve harvested your crops, you use the shipping box to send them off and earn money. Alternatively, you could keep a few to use as ingredients in cooking.


Speaking of cooking…

Daily life: Cooking and crafting

At home, you can craft and cook to help you on your adventures.


The food you cook can give you lots of benefits, including restoring HP. Some recipes even grant you status boosts. Plus they look delicious!


You can also craft items that will help you when exploring the dangerous dungeons.



It’s fun to live your best life on your own, but everyone benefits from a few friends. You can earn useful rewards by clearing quests given to you by townsfolk, including money and items.


As you complete character stories, you’ll become closer to residents of the town.


Adventure: Overworld

In the overworld, you’ll find numerous towns and dungeons, which all vibrantly depict the four seasons. You’ll meet fascinating new characters in towns, and fearsome enemies in dungeons.


You can explore more than the land - get your hands on a submarine and you can explore some parts of the ocean. What secrets lie within the waters?


Adventure: Combat and jobs

Parts of HARVESTELLA’s world are dangerous, full of monsters who want nothing more than to give you an early retirement.


You and your party can overcome battles by using joint attacks and switching instantly between a wide variety of different Jobs. Hit an enemy’s weakness and you’ll do massive damage!


You’ll have access to a wide variety of Jobs - these determine what actions are available to you in battle. Each Job has a unique weapon and characteristic skills.

For example, the Fighter is a physical attacker who can unleash swift sword techniques. The Job lets you handle multiple enemies at once by using both single target and ranged attack skills!


The Shadow Walker Job lets you deal mortal damage with twin blades. What’s more, you can enhance your own attacks and deal impressive amounts of damage with hard-hitting skills.


Prefer to keep your distance? The Mage Job specializes at long-range magical attacks. Because Mages can utilize multiple elements, they’re able to deal huge amounts of damage by skillfully targeting enemy weaknesses.


Those are just three of the Jobs you’ll be able to use in HARVESTELLA - but of course, there are a lot more. But we don’t want to ruin all the surprises here, so we’ll let you discover some of them yourselves when the game comes out.

Speaking of which…

When is HARVESTELLA releasing?

HARVESTELLA releases for Nintendo Switch and Steam on November 4, 2022.

We’ll have more to share about the game in the coming months as we get closer to release, so make sure you follow Square Enix on social media and bookmark the Square Enix Blog to see news and updates!