SUCCESS Corporation will release Shepherd’s Crossing, known as Hakoniwa Bokujou Hitsuji Mura in Japan, for PC via Steam on April 27 worldwide, the company announced. It will support both English and Japanese language options. A PlayStation 4 version with English language support will be available in Japan on the same date, and and is expected to launch sometime after April 27 worldwide, as it is still in certification. (Update 04/26/23: It appears the PlayStation 4 version will now launch on April 27 worldwide.) (Update 2: The April 27 release date on PlayStation Store has been removed.) The Switch version is planned for release in June worldwide. Both the PlayStation 4 and Switch versions will be digital-only.
Shepherd’s Crossing first launched for Switch on November 10, 2022 in Japan. While it currently only supports Japanese, it will be updated with English language support sometime after June. The western release will only feature English, whereas the Japanese release will feature both English and Japanese language support following the update.
The PlayStation 4 and PC versions of Shepherd’s Crossing will add a “New Farm Display Mode,” which takes advantage of the high-resolution output offered by PlayStation 4 and PC to display your farm in the game’s original pixel size. The 4x zoom-out display from the Switch version has been expanded to a 6x zoom-out.
Here is an overview of the game, via its Steam page:
Life on a sandbox ranch begins again.
Players are entrusted with a single box garden (ranch), which they use to raise animals and crops.
There is no money, and animals and crops are bartered.
Although a main storyline exists, the ultimate goal is entirely up to the player.
Shepherd’s Crosisng is a different kind of box garden simulation game that pursues the fun of increasing what you want and creating the landscape of your choice. Less than 20 years have passed since the original Shepherd’s Crossing.
Now, Shepherd’s Crossing is back with a variety of new elements.
New Elements from the Original Version
- Zoom Out the Ranch and Get Cute – The ranch can now be zoomed in and out in four levels. When zoomed out to the maximum, animals and items in the ranch are displayed in dot-by-dot equal size. Breed lots of animals and enjoy watching them move all over the place!
- Number Of Item Slots Increased to Seven – The number of items you can carry at once has increased from three in the original version. The number of items you can carry at once has been increased from three in the original version to seven! You can also organize your cluttered farm.
- Placement Marker Display – When placing items or fences, a function to display markers has been added. When placing items or fences, a marker can be displayed. This is useful when you want to arrange fences neatly.
View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.