Hometown Story travels to North America on October 22

Hometown Story settles down in North America on October 22 for 3DS, publisher Natsume announced. Hometown Story comes from Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of Harvest Moon, and it plays off of that franchise's strengths: adorable characters conducting business and meeting people in a happy village.

Wada told us at E3 that Hometown Story will focus less on farming and more on the spectrum of human relationships – and not just marriage, as is the case with Harvest Moon.

"When marriage eventually turned into the overall goal for some players, I started feeling a little awkward about that," Wada said. "With Hometown Story, I wanted to shift the focus from marriage to many different kinds of human relationships."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.