Update: Finally, we have a release date! It was cutting it a bit fine, but it's been confirmed Rune Factory 4 Special will be hitting Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on December 7.
It will include all content in the original release on Nintendo Switch along with free DLC known as Another Episode.
Here's what Marvelous Europe had to say about the new improvements:
"Rune Factory 4 Special arrives on new platforms with improved resolution and performance, while bringing all the farming, life sim, and RPG adventuring the series is known for.
In addition to the visual improvements, the PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions of the game include the ‘Another Episode’ DLC at no additional cost. ‘Another Episode’ adds a series of illustrated storybook-style episodes narrated by the game’s 12 marriage candidates, and Selphia’s lovable guardian dragon Ventuswill, fully voiced in English and Japanese."
Original Story: Publishers XSEED Games and Marvelous Europe have announced Rune Factory 4 Special will be coming to Xbox One later this year - marking a series first on Xbox.
The farming RPG was previously a Nintendo Switch exclusive, which in itself was a remastered version of the 3DS title. Now, Xbox players can experience the Rune Factory series for the first time. For those that don’t know, the famous Japanese series mixes the joys of farm management sim with dungeon-crawling RPG adventures. You can harvest crops, take down monsters, gain loot, and even form relationships with the townsfolk. It’s an addictive loop that has captured the hearts of many over the years.
- The Rune Factory Series Debuts on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC – The popular spinoff from the Story of Seasons series returns as an HD remaster of the Nintendo 3DS classic, combining farming and family life with monster battling and taming, with an epic story that’s accessible to new players and series veterans alike.
- 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.
This is another win for Xbox players as more Japanese titles make their way to the system. Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, now Rune Factory - the catalogue is growing and it’s turning the Xbox ecosystem into a great JRPG system.
We could honestly get used to this.
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