XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe have confirmed that Rune Factory 4 is finally coming to Europe next week.
Beginning on December 11th, Europeans are going to finally be able to get the latest game in the Harvest Moon spinoff series. It’s an eShop exclusive, and it will cost £24.99 / €29.99 / $49.95 AUD, respectively.
The game originally launched in North America in October of last year. The localization for European markets was probably mired by the closure of Rune Factory developer Neverland Co., closing their doors in November of last year. Most of the team has reunited under Marvelous internally, and recently put out a new game called Forbidden Magna, on the 3DS.
Here’s the entire press blurb, courtesy of Marvelous Europe:
Rune Factory 4 is the latest installment in the critically acclaimed Bokujo Monogatari spin-off series, which revolves around the same addictive life simulation and farming activities that its father franchise, now known as Story o Seasons, is famous for. The Rune Factory series, however, also incorporates classic action-JRPG elements into the mix, all framed in a stunning fantasy setting. Taking place in the Kingdom of Norad, players must fill the shoes of a Prince or Princess and aid the people of a small, picturesque town named Selphia in achieving lasting peace and prosperity.
Created by acclaimed series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Rune Factory 4 is by far the most ambitious title in this storied series. Boasting countless items, crops, weapons and other pieces of equipment to find and grow, as well as a substantial story with richly developed characters, innumerable hours of enjoyment await within the humble confines of this download. Players must farm and find romance among the town’s singles before setting off into the wilderness and surrounding dungeons to defeat or tame monsters. It’s a mix of play styles that has garnered well-earned praise both from fans and critics alike.
- Huge game world – The incredibly large and diverse amount of activities on offer ensure that each day is a new adventure
- Customise your battle strategy – Use swords, spears, staves plus other weapons, Rune Abilities and more to personalise your battles, and bring friends or even monsters with you into combat for moral and tactical support
- Start a passionate romance! – For the first time in series history, players may choose a male or female protagonist, then pursue the dream of a loving wife or a caring husband from among the game’s colorful cast of characters
- Take charge of the town – The game’s “Order” mechanic allows players to employ their regal powers to hold festivals, enact sweeping changes and otherwise make Selphia into a town that people just can’t stop talking about