It’s been a big day for fans of virtual farming, as Focus Home Interactive and GIANTS Software have made several announcements regarding the series’ next installment. Today the developer unveiled on Twitter that a version of the upcoming Farming Simulator 18 will be coming to Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and PlayStation Vita. Despite the title, the game is expected to release later this year.
While details are currently scarce on what exactly the Vita version will include (in the past, they’ve been missing features from the console games), we can share the brief announcement the developer put out via press release:
Developed by GIANTS Software, Farming Simulator 18 brings a load of new features for virtual farmers to harvest fields from the palms of their hands! Immerse yourself in Farming Simulator 18, the premiere pocket farming experience in gaming! Farming Simulator 18 gives you access to a huge selection of over 50 farming vehicles and machines, faithfully recreated from over 30 of the biggest names in the industry, including AGCO’s most respected brands: Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.
The last game in the series to make its way to Sony’s handheld was Farming Simulator 16, which we reviewed back in 2015. Here’s what PlayStation LifeStyle had to say about the sub-par version:
It also doesn’t help that Farming Simulator 16 is an ugly game. In fact, it wouldn’t be a good looking game on the PSP, let alone the PlayStation Vita. Textures are of a low quality, the draw distance is hilariously bad, and you are forced to stare at watching ugly crops grow for hours on end.
Farming Simulator 16 accomplishes its goal of allowing you to manage a virtual farm pretty well. But it sadly falls apart as a game due to the lack of options, as the Vita version is severely limited [compared to] console versions. It isn’t quite as boring as watching paint dry, but it will only hold your attention for as long as you want to watch grass grow.
Hopefully GIANTS Software and publisher Focus Home Interactive will be bringing a far better version to portable devices later this year. After all, the publisher is promising “a load of new features to harvest fields.” We’ll find out how the crops fared when the farming title release later this year on PlayStation Vita.
(Source: Focus Home Interactive)