Fans of farming and dungeon adventures have been waiting a long time for this news. Rune Factory 4 Special, initially released on Nintendo Switch in Februrary 2020, is finally making its way onto other platforms. We'll tell you what you need to know about the Rune Factory 4 release date and anything else that matters.
Rune Factory 4 Release Date
Xseed Games has confirmed that Rune factory 4 will be available on PC via Steam and Microsoft Store, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. Interestingly, the press release makes no mention of the PS5. But the all-important digital release will be on December 7, 2021.
The release of the game on these platforms will be accompanied by improved resolution, visuals, and performance. Presumably, because these devices are all capable of more graphically intensive games than the Switch.
What Is Rune Factory 4, And What's New?
Rune Factory 4 is part of the spinoff series from Story Of Seasons. Originally released on Nintendo 3DS back in 2013, it was remastered in 2020. It is notable for the combination of traditional RPG dungeon-type adventures, blended with things like farming, and management of the kingdom over which you rule. It's regarded by many as a classic, and described by some as a blend of Final Fantasy and Harvest Moon.
You can play as a male or female protagonist, and this game features something called 'Newlywed Mode'. Probably best if we don't ask. But we do know that once you've married someone, new adventures will be unlocked. The PS4 and Xbox versions of the game will also have access to the Another Episode DLC for free. This will include a series of 12 'storybook-style' episodes, based on the 12 marriage candidates in the game, as well as the guardian dragon Ventuswill. You can choose whether you want them voiced in English or Japanese. There will be a 'Hell' difficulty setting if you enjoy a challenge.
It's unclear whether the industrialization of the rune-manufacturing process is a good thing for the traditionally agrarian economy of Selphia. But that's a debate for another day.
Rune Factory 4 Special Countdown Timer
Below is our countdown timer for the release of Rune Factory 4 on PC, Xbox, and PS4. And if after playing Rune Factory 4, you want more? Well, Rune Factory 5 is scheduled for release on March 22, 2022.