Today, XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., released Rune Factory 4 Special on the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system (playable on PlayStation5), Xbox One (playable on Xbox Series X|S), and Windows PC via Steam and Microsoft Store. The Another Episode DLC is included for free with all purchases and does not need to be downloaded separately. The critically-acclaimed remaster of the popular RPG/life simulation title is available digitally on the new platforms for an MSRP of $29.99, with a 10% discount for all Earthmates who purchase the game running through December 20, limited on the PS4 system for PlayStationPlus members only.
Rune Factory 4 Special brings RPG action, farming, and life simulation together in a single package, allowing players to create a fulfilling routine for themselves in the town of Selphia. Playing as the appointed prince or princess of the town, Earthmates can forge their destiny, whether that means a quiet life working the fields, building close relationships with the townsfolk, or delving into dungeons with a wide array of weapons and magical powers at their command. As Earthmates deepen their relationship with the residents of Selphia, they can even get married to one of the 12 eligible candidates.
In addition to the base game, the title also includes the Another Episode DLC, which adds a series of illustrated storybook-style episodes narrated by the game’s 12 marriage candidates and Selphia’s lovable guardian dragon Ventuswill.
Rune Factory 4 Special opens with a young man or woman falling from an airship and landing in the town of Selphia. Appointed the local regent by mistake, the hero is charged with protecting the town and bettering the lives of its people. As the newly-appointed prince or princess, royal duties are fulfilled by issuing orders to help the town prosper or by taking a more relaxed approach to governance by raising crops and helping townsfolk. Should some dungeon adventuring be on the day’s itinerary, a vast array of weapons along with magic can be crafted or bought for battle against dangerous foes—companions or friendly monsters can also join to aid the player during their travels. And, of course, there’s a huge cast of lovable townsfolk, including 12 potential suitors to woo and marry.
This updated version of the original Nintendo 3DS title released in 2013 comes with extra content such as Newlywed Mode, self-contained adventures that unlock after marrying one of the game’s eligible candidates, and a Hell difficulty level for players seeking a true challenge. Rune Factory 4 Special is also available on the Nintendo Switch system.
Developed by Marvelous Inc. and published by XSEED Games, Rune Factory 4 Special launched in North America on December 7 for the PS4 system (playable on PS5), Xbox One (playable on Xbox Series X|S), and globally on Windows PC via Steam and Microsoft Store. The title is available digitally on the new platforms for $29.99 with a 10% discount through December 20, and the Another Episode DLC is included for free. This game has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.
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