Rune Factory 4 Special

Platform(s): Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: XSEED Games
Release Date: 2021

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'Rune Factory 4 Special' Coming to Consoles and PC With HD Graphics, New Mode - Screens & Trailer

by Judy on June 14, 2021 @ 2:52 p.m. PDT

Rune Factory 4 combines the farming elements the series is renowned for, with classic action-JRPG elements in a stunning fantasy setting.

The curtain rises on a beautiful sunny day, as the hero tumbles from the heavens…

Luckily, a friendly dragon is there to break their fall. But, although uninjured, the hero can remember only their name. Under the auspices of the dragon Ventuswill, the hero comes to live in the local castle and, as a newly designated ruler, begins their life anew while developing the town, making difficult decisions, and cultivating the soil.

One day while out exploring their newfound home, the hero encounters a monstrous butterfly. However, after vanquishing this massive foe, a girl lies on the ground in its place. Why did the monster turn into a person? From these mysterious beginnings, the hero's search for the truth will lead to a grand adventure that will shake the very foundations of their world...and draw them closer to the secret buried in their own lost memories.

Rune Factory 4 Special marks the return of the series that combines farming with dungeon adventuring, as the series makes its debut on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC with upgraded HD graphics, a new "Newlywed Mode," and additional cut scenes.

In this stand-alone story, players choose to play as a male or female hero and will encounter a diverse cast of potential suitors and other loveable townsfolk. As the newly appointed prince or princess, you can fulfill your royal duties by issuing ordinances to help the town prosper, or take a more rural approach to governing by raising your own fruits and vegetables and helping townsfolk.

Should some dungeon adventuring be on the day's itinerary, you can craft or buy a vast array of swords, spears, and staves along with magic for battle against dangerous foes, or even bring along some companions or friendly monsters to aid you during your travels.


Key Features:

  • A world where every day is filled with adventure: Whether it be governing as the local ruler, tilling the fields, interacting with townsfolk, or heading to a dungeon to take on dangerous foes, the diverse amount of activities ensure that each day is a new adventure.
  • Customize your battle strategy with different weapons, items, and allies: Use swords, spears, staffs, and other weapons and magic to personalize your battle tactics as formidable monsters await in trap-laden dungeons. Invite the townsfolk along, develop friendships with certain monsters, and grow stronger together.
  • Plenty of romance for players new and old: The addition of "Newlywed Mode" allows players to deepen their relationship after wedding vows have been exchanged, while newly added cut-scenes and "Veteran" mode ensure there's plenty of other new content for returning fans to experience.

Currently available for Nintendo Switch, Rune Factory 4 Special is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC in Fall 2021.


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