A new Harvest Moon mod adds same-sex relationships to the game. Same-sex relationships have been a highly requested feature for the series for years, to no avail, but this mod finally gifts fans with the inclusive gameplay they’ve been asking for.
Harvest Moon is just the latest to become more inclusive to LGBTQ players with mods, as a Grand Theft Auto 5 mod introduced a Pride parade to the streets of Los Santos too.
Harvest Moon Same-Sex Marriages Finally Become a Reality
Created by a modder named Frogg, the Harvest Moon Pride Parade mod “replaces the Male playable character models with the Female ones and vice-versa.” Players can find the man of their dreams as a male character or play as a woman and marry their ‘best girl.’
It requires a .iso of Harvest Moon: Animal Parade for the Nintendo Wii (which is not provided by the modder) and xdeltaUI for Windows or multipatch for Mac. Instructions for how to run the patch and install it are available on Tumblr.
It should be noted that the current version of the mod, v0.1, only changes part of the marriage content. In the list of known issues, the modder notes that “absolutely none of the dialogue/text has been changed,” including the text for weddings, heart events and the names and descriptions for outfits. Frogg is working on it, according to an update, but a new version has yet to be released.
Animations are also “tied” to the “original gender” of the character, meaning that “our new boy still uses the ‘feminine’ walk cycle while our new girl uses the ‘masculine’ walk cycle” and male and female accessories haven’t been switched either. Although the accessory problem isn’t so noticeable and the gaits aren’t “exaggerated,” this is still something to keep in mind.
Given the difficulties and the effort required in adding same-sex relationships to Harvest Moon, many fans would agree that an official solution would be best. But unfortunately it’s unclear when that might happen.
Harvest Moon – or Story of Seasons as series entries are now titled – will officially add same-sex relationships ‘sooner or later’ according to producers. The lack of concrete information isn’t helpful, though and so fans will just have to make the most of this mod and other LGB inclusive farming sims like Stardew Valley in the meantime.
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