Marvelous Europe Limited, publisher of Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, has announced a partnership with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The RZSS is a wildlife conservation charity which aims to save one of the UK’s rarest species, the pine hoverfly.
With its natural habitat restricted to just one site — a small forest patch in the Cairngorms in Scotland — the pine hoverfly is so rare in the UK that no one has seen an adult of this species in the wild for over seven years. As part of the #SOSPOOT Campaign, Marvelous Europe is donating £20,000 to part-fund building new facilities at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park.
These will include a larval rearing room, space for the adult hoverflies to fly and mate. Not only that there is preparation space for staff to ready the abundance of flowers the hoverflies need for food. With the money from Marvelous Europe and other donors, including The National Geographic Society, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Forestry and Land Scotland, and NatureScot, it is hoped that this conservation breeding programme will help bring the critically endangered pine hoverfly back from the edge of extinction.
It may be small, but the pine hoverfly is an important pollinator, a role shared by many of the world’s endangered invertebrates. The breeding programme is ‘pioneering’ in its own right, developing techniques that could turn the fortunes of other species that are vital to delicate ecosystems around the world.
About Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town:
The brand-new entry in the Story of Seasons franchise is putting down roots on the Nintendo Switch! This long-awaited entry in the original farm/life simulation offers players more freedom than ever before! Embrace the pioneer spirit to shape the untamed wilderness. Discover new animals and produce, and help them flourish on your farm. Customise every inch of your new homestead to impress a new cast of marriage candidates. These candidates come from Olive Town, an aspiring tourist hotspot that grows and thrives along with your farm.
- A Wild World of Discovery: Tame the wilderness of the peninsula. Then discover the flora and fauna that make it their home and unearth the secrets of the world around you. Work with the land to build the farm of your dreams from the ground up. Build facilities wherever you see fit, level up your farming skills and craft everything from fences to sprinklers for crops!
- Cultivate Your Farm, Cultivate Your Town: Gather and process materials to fulfil requests. Once you use these to improve Olive Town’s infrastructure, upgrade tools, or commission new outfits and accessories
- Simple Mechanics, Deep Gameplay: Fledgling farmers can rest easy with the return of Seedling Mode and Normal Mode. The game also comes with a new request system highlighting the fresh features while you lend a hand to the locals! Veteran players ready to create a bustling farm of their own will find all the core elements of the Story of Seasons series. These come with new twists on classic gameplay.
- There’s Always Something Going on in Olive Town! Participate in local festivals as the town comes to life with events that are new to the series! Get to know your neighbours better and you may even find love with a special someone among them.