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Developer and publisher GIANTS Software did some groundwork and introduces more gameplay mechanics for Farming Simulator 22: With mulching, stone picking, and soil rolling, three new ground working features will extend the virtual experience. The more realistic depiction of agriculture allows players to improve their soil quality even further.

Mulching: way more than bark chips for your backyard

While mulching is prominently known in domestic gardening through the use of bark chips, in Farming Simulator 22 it becomes an integral part of increasing the yield as it is in real agriculture: Players mulch the narrow spaces between their brand-new grapevines and olive groves with fresh-cut grass to increase the soil quality while making everything look nice and clean, or mulch the stubble left on the field after harvesting other crops.

Stone picking: a new type of enemy for virtual farmers

It’s not just weeds, virtual farmers have to fight: Lying dormant in the ground, stones can be dug up by plowing or cultivating. To avoid the risk of damaging machines, players will have to remove them. Dependent on the size, they either have to use a stone picking tool attached to the tractor or roll over with the new rollers – effectively sweeping them under the nutrient-rich topsoil, at least for a while.

Let’s roll: soil rollers increase the yield (and are fun to operate)

With spectacular-looking agricultural tools called rollers, players can press small stones back into the ground to conceal the rocky consequences of cultivating. After sowing crops, farmers gain additional yield bonuses when rolling over the seedbed to compact the soil. Grassland farmers also gain a fertilizing stage by rolling over their meadows.

Better looking soil: A feast for farmer’s eyes

Virtual farmers with an eye for detail will also notice the all-new ground textures. Basically, all ground textures have been revised for the upcoming game, resulting in more visual diversity and authentic representation of the various soil states.

Farming Simulator 22 releases November 22nd for PC, Mac, PlayStation®5 (PS5™), Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Stadia.

ABOUT GIANTS SOFTWARE 

GIANTS Software is an international video game developer and publisher from Switzerland established in 2004 and known worldwide for creating the popular Farming Simulator series. The team with offices in Switzerland (Zurich), Germany (Erlangen), the USA (Chicago), and Czech Republic (Brno) is very committed to maintaining close contact with the agricultural industry and engaging with the community.

ABOUT FARMING SIMULATOR 

Since 2008, over 25 million versions of Farming Simulator have been sold worldwide. The game series has been released on all popular platforms including consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and PCs since 2008. From the start, the team enabled users to create mods with the company’s own GIANTS Engine. With the Farming Simulator League (FSL), the series introduced a competitive eSports mode in 2019 – with teams competing in professional tournaments and many acclaimed brands and sponsors on board. 

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