It’ll have been about six years since Rune Factory 4 graced the Nintendo 3DS and now it’s getting the makeover treatment and being ported to the Nintendo Switch as Rune Factory 4 Special. This one is scheduled to arrive sometime later this year. The series is known for its hybrid farming sim and action/RPG gameplay loop. I’ve never given this series a try, but may have to jump in with this one and see how it goes!
Also announced was Rune Factory 5 for the Switch. This all-new game is still early in development so we don’t have screens or video to check out just yet. No release window was given, but if we had to guess it’s probably sometime in 2020.
Following its reveal on Nintendo Direct earlier today, XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that they will be localizing and publishing Rune Factory 4 Special, a fully remastered version of Rune Factory 4, in North America exclusively on Nintendo Switch™. Interact with townsfolk, grow vegetables and fruits at the farm, hook some fish, cook up a storm, raise monsters, and maybe even find friendship and love. Marvelous USA, Inc. also confirmed the Nintendo 3DS™ family of system’s release of Rune Factory 4 has sold over 250,000 copies in North America alone as of the end of 2018, making it one of their most successful titles of all time.
The publisher requests that Rune Factory series fans practice a farmer’s patience while the title is ripening during development. Additional details about Rune Factory 4 Specialwill be released at a later date. The title has not yet been rated for Nintendo Switch by the ESRB.
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