Rune Factory 5 is right around the corner, and it includes a host of new gameplay features, including same-sex relationships. The previous Rune Factory title had a roundabout way of hinting at same-sex relationships, but Rune Factory 5 makes it an official feature.

In an interview with [Game Informer], Rune Factory 5 director Shiro Maekawa opened up about the inclusion of this mechanic.

In a certain sense (i.e., swapping the outward appearance of the protagonist), same-sex marriage was possible in Rune Factory 4, but not truly implemented. At the time, this choice was meant to give players the freedom to play the game as they wished. But Rune Factory 5 marks its official inclusion, and lets us welcome more fans to the series. I think we should continue to include this feature in future Rune Factory titles.

You’ll be able to enjoy the relationship of your choosing when Rune Factory 5 launches on March 22nd, 2022.

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