Rune Factory 4 Special gets a 'Romance' video feature

It's not all runes and factories

There might be monsters to fight and farms to cultivate, but that's not all there is to Rune Factory 4 Special. You'll also want to spend some time wooing a significant other! The video feature above takes a look at how the Romance mechanics play out, so long as you're willing to put in the time.

Rune Factory 4 Special Official Perfect Guidebook cover art revealed

Famitsu has revealed the cover art for their upcoming Rune Factory 4 Special Official Perfect Guidebook. The Guidebook is due out on July 25th, 2019, and is priced at 1,900. This is a revamped version of a Rune Factory 4 Guidebook that Famitsu released back in 2012.

Rune Factory 4 Special - battle system footage

See what the heart-pounding newlywed life has in store for you, new to this version of the game! Available in 2019. >> Experience this legendary fantasy adventure like never before and embark on exciting escapades with your favorite characters in the brand new Newlywed Mode! Coming 2019.

Rune Factory 4 Special getting official guide book in Japan

Guide us

Famitsu has revealed that they're publishing an official guide book for Rune Factory 4 Special in Japan, and it's due out July 25th, 2019. The book contains 400 pages, and is based on the original Rune Factory 4 Official Guidebook for Nintendo 3DS. Famitsu has added in new content going over Rune Factory 4 Special’s all-new “Newly-Wed Mode”.

Rune Factory 4 Special now available to preload in Japan

Price and file size info shared

For those looking to grab the Japanese version of Rune Factory 4 Special, preloads are now live on the Switch eShop. The title will have a special sale price of ¥4,840 until Aug. 7th, 2019, and will then change over to the regular price is ¥5,378. This Japanese release only includes Japanese language support, and takes up 3.6 GB.

Rune Factory 4 Special live-stream event set for June 26th, 2019, new comments from the dev team shared

Special live-stream for a special game

Rune Factory 4 Special is getting its third live-stream event in Japan. Marvelous will be hosting a presentation on June 26th, 2019, which will focus on the battle system ins and outs. There will also be discussion of the 'Another Episode' mode, which will apparently showcase 'another side of Ventuswill.'

Along with the announcement of the new live-stream, the official Rune Factory site was updated with comments from Producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto and Producer Maekawa. The two spoke about the new voice work being recorded for this title. You can find their comments below.

Yoshifumi Hashimoto: There are multiple elements which required new voice clips in Rune Factory 4 Special, such as the Newlywed Mode and the Another Episode mode.

The original dubbing sessions for Rune Factory 4 on 3DS were held between Summer 2011 and Fall 2011. (Editor’s note: Rune Factory 4 released in July 2012 in Japan, showing as usual that dubbing in Japanese games is done very early in development)
So it’s been 8 years since then, but we tried to record with the same studio and environment conditions as back then. We tried to get most members of the original sound team back as well.

Before recording, all the seiyuu listened to their performances from back then to get back in the mood too, and we briefed them again.

You should definitly listen to each seiyuu’s comments in the “Voice Comment” mode we’re adding, to learn more about the recording. They’re all pros, it was like time stopped since 2011 and resumed now.

Also, the main story of the game got new voice clips added, so even those who already cleared it should pay attention to the voices too.

Maekawa: Recording new voices was among the most exciting tasks in Rune Factory 4 Special’s development. I was present at multiple dubbing sessions, and I saw each seiyuu giving it their all at all times.

The new Another Episode mode has certain characters having a more leading role, leading to said characters speaking more than usual, allowing us to enjoy their voices much more than usual.

The Voice Comments mode is a must-listen too, as you’ll get to hear how each seiyuu felt about voicing their characters again.

Rune Factory 4 Special launches exclusively on Switch on July 25 in Japan, and in late 2019 in the west. Rune Factory 5 will also launch on Switch, in late 2020 in Japan. You can check out Rune Factory 4 Special‘s Japanese limited edition, small bits of info from a staff interview, and take a look at our explanation of the Rune Factory series.

Rune Factory 4 Special - 'Quiz Contest' gameplay footage

The latest footage of Rune Factory 4 Special gives us a look at the quiz contest you can take. Answering questions correctly will get you various goodies in-game. Check out the game in action above.

Rune Factory 4 Special - 'Mood Reversal Medicine event' promo video


Feeling a bit down and out? Can't shake yourself out of a funk? No worries, just use some Mood Reversal Medicine! Rune Factory 4 has an event in the game that sets up this item via a storyline, which you can see some of above.

Rune Factory 4 Special, BurgerTime Party!, and Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin will likely see retail releases

Time to celebrate, fans of physical

Chalk up three more Switch titles for retail release, and they're all coming from XSEED. While XSEED has confirmed publishing of Rune Factory 4 Special, BurgerTime Party!, and Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, they haven't commented on retail releases. That's alright, because GameFly has stepped in to solve the mystery for us. They've just added listings for all three titles, and they only do that when retail releases are on the way.

Rune Factory 4 Special - E3 2019 trailer

Rune Factory 4 Special marks the return of the beloved entry in the popular STORY OF SEASONS spinoff series that combines farming with dungeon adventuring, as the series makes its debut on Nintendo Switch with upgraded HD graphics, a new “Newlywed Mode,” and additional cut-scenes.


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