Magical girl farm sim Fields of Mistria is bringing '90s anime sparkle to early access in August

Fields of Mistria animated trailer - a blonde girl in anime style wearing a cloak looks to the camera surprised in front of an idyllic meadow and mountain landscape
(Image credit: NPC Studio)

We may be spoiled for choice on Stardew Valley-style farm sims right now, but that is not keeping me from getting excited about another one. Magical girl-infused life sim Fields of Mistria is one of the upcoming cozy games I've been most excited for this year and, in what I choose to believe is a favor to me personally, has announced the release date for its early access launch: August 5.

Fields of Mistria calls itself a spiritual successor to the farm sims of the late '90s but it's definitely also inspired by anime of the same era. Truly, I can't look at any of those characters with their colorful hair and high-waisted pants without imagining I've just popped a VHS tape into a chunky combo VHS and CRT television and I'm super here for it. And that theme song in the trailer? This is the nostalgia I was asking for.

(Image credit: NPC Studio)

The developer NPC Studio says that the early access version of the game will have many of the bits we've come to expect as standard farm sim fare: farming, crafting, mining, romance, and ranching. It will also have a system of unlockable magic spells and 50 sets of museum collections (think Stardew's community center, I suspect) for you to complete.

One big bit that won't be in at early access launch is marriage, NPC studio says in its announcement post. Marriage candidates are there, of course, but you won't be able to tie the knot quite yet. Mistria uses a 10 heart relationship system similar to Stardew Valley's and NPC Studio says you'll be able to unlock 2 and 4 heart scenes with all those candidates as of the early access launch. Additional scenes and progression will be added in later updates as it approaches a 1.0 launch.

Fields of Mistria will launch into early access over on Steam on August 5 for $14, it has announced.

Lauren Morton
Associate Editor

Lauren started writing for PC Gamer as a freelancer in 2017 while chasing the Dark Souls fashion police and accepted her role as Associate Editor in 2021, now serving as the self-appointed chief cozy games enjoyer. She originally started her career in game development and is still fascinated by how games tick in the modding and speedrunning scenes. She likes long books, longer RPGs, has strong feelings about farmlife sims, and can't stop playing co-op crafting games.