Farming: it’s a high-thresher job that most people barley survive. But if you’re curious about navigating the maize of agriculture, you don’t even need to plow through it in real life anymore – because the Farming Simulator franchise is growing. Farming Simulator 18 has now been announced exclusively for portable systems, so anyone champing at the bit can now get their farming fix on the mooooove.

Corny jokes aside, you just can’t beet a Farming Simulator game for relaxation. While some may be on the fence, or de-tractors, the games are calming, and quite satisfying when you reap the rewards of your carefully managed farm.

According to developer Giants Software, Farming Simulator 18 will herd players into the American South. Players will have free rein to cultivate different activities and crops, and expand into forestry or livestock rearing. Players are encouraged to diversify, because the in-game market will change the values of certain products from time to time. Judging by the trailer, it seems to have all the features of Farming Simulator 17, right down to the pigs and sunflowers. It will likely have lower graphical fidelity and smaller maps to accommodate mobile platforms, however.

Farming Simulator 18 is coming out of the barn on 6 June 2017, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Pre-orders are live for the 3DS version, and players will need to pony up R359.95 on the eShop.  It will be interesting to see how the game takes advantage of the platforms, as all of them feature touch controls.

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