The video game “Farming Simulator” returns with a harvest of challenges … and a tournament to recruit real farmers

Do you want to drive a big tractor and harvest fields as far as the eye can see, even if it means spending your nights there? Put on your boots and your pixel jumpsuit right away with Farming Simulator 22. The 15th edition of the game has just been released.

The community is now impressive. The 2019 version had sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, reaching one million games sold in just ten days. “Farming Simulator also aroused the interest of urbanites during the confinement”, smiles Bastien, son of a farmer, fan of the license and whose YouTube channel, under the nickname “Stervio”, is a reference

In the game, the goal is always to enrich your farm, to raise pigs and chickens, to cultivate rapeseed or to enhance your woodlot. The more the yields increase, the more you develop your land, your buildings, your garage.

To help you do this, you can choose from over 400 hyper-realistic machines and vehicles. Those who are passionate about real John Deere, Massey Ferguson or New Holland tractors will find them in the game. But as in real life too, the elements can rage, rain and snow can play tricks on you and ravage your crops. .

New this year, a map reproducing French landscapes enriches the 2022 opus. This fictitious region bears the name Haut-Beyleron, which sounds local as a bonus. It is inspired by both New Aquitaine and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. However, very different terroirs, but on which you will be able to produce grapes in particular… to be consumed without moderation since it is virtual.
“What I also appreciated were the features such as making bread or making textiles with the wool of one’s own animals”, continues Bastien, contacted by franceinfo. But above all, the realism of the graphics and the work that has been done on the sound of the machines is impressive. ”

This version also encourages taking care of nature. Opportunity is offered to become an alternative farmer by planting sorghum which is less water intensive than maize for example. The game also raises awareness of the importance of bees that disappear “in real life”. In Farming Simulator 22, your potato or sunflower plants will therefore benefit from better growth by placing beehives near them, this is the magic of pollination. And as you will be able to produce and sell your honey in the process, you will enrich your income by the same amount to create, who knows, an agricultural empire.

Note that there will even be an extension of the game to raise awareness of pesticide reduction. This “sustainable agriculture” addition is supported and funded by the European Union. It will be available next spring when the real beets and carrots are harvested.

The French Ministry of Agriculture has also taken up the game to create vocations through the organization of an e-sport tournament. The government thus hopes that the game Farming Simulator makes young people want to take an interest in farming professions.

“These jobs are sometimes unknown, but they are jobs that make sense and that recruit”, explains to franceinfo Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture who had the idea of ​​the tournament. “My objective is quite simple: it is to make the youth of France talk about agriculture. Many of our farmers will be retiring in the next few years, almost half within ten years. There is therefore a stake in the renewal of generations. ”

Nearly 300 players have registered for the tournament and will compete online throughout the weekend. The tournament final takes place on December 6 and will be broadcast on Twitch. For all other gamers, Frming Simulator is available on PS, Mac, PlayStation, Xbox, Stadia.

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