Harvest Moon series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto writes at the Harvest Moon blog that 2012 is the year that Marvelous AQL will release Harvest Moon Hajimari no Daichi on 3DS. He says they're putting a lot of effort into the game's story this time.
The special New Years drawing above is from series illustrator Igusa Matsuyama who says that he's reserved a copy of Hajimari no Daichi for himself. While 2012 is the year of the dragon, Matsuyama confirms that Hajimari no Daichi will not have dragons. However, it will have lots of other animals.