Rune Factory 4 Special Official Perfect Guide ad featured in the latest Famitsu

The most recent issue of Famitsu has an ad tied to Rune Factory 4 Special, which has just launched in Japan. This ad is actually for the Rune Factory 4 Special Official Perfect Guide, which helps players with all different aspects of the game. We know that Rune Factory 4 Special is coming to NA/EU, but it's likely the guide will stay in Japan.

Marvelous decided to make Rune Factory 5 for Switch after the system's sales started to pick up

A wise decision

Rune Factory 5 is in development for Switch, but there was a point in time where the team didn't know where they were going to bring the game. In an interview with Marvelous Games, we find out that development on the project couldn't move ahead because the team wasn't sure what platform to support. Once they saw that the Switch install base was rapidly increasing, they decided to lock in Switch as the target platform.

A Rune Factory 4 Special save file will unlock content in Rune Factory 5

Who could they be?

Earlier today, we got a new trailer for Rune Factory 5. That went hand-in-hand with some information about how to unlock special content in the game as well.

Those who have a save file from Rune Factory 4 Special will see two characters from that game brought over to Rune Factory 5. The thing is, no details were shared on which characters will make the jump, so I guess we'll just have to hang tight and find out later on!

Rune Factory producer shares how he creates characters

The secret sauce

With Rune Factory 4 Special launching in Japan next week, producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto put up a new blog detailing how he goes about creating characters. Check out a translation of the blog below, courtesy of Siliconera.

“Hello, this is Hashimoto. This time, I’ll talk a bit about the appearing characters.

I have been asked, “How do you decide on the characters in Rune Factory”, so I think I’ll try relay the sort of process that goes on in my head.

Firstly, I jot down the personalities and visuals of characters I want to appear, and fun things that only work because this is a game. Then, next when the theme of the game is decided, the characters are shaped to fit within the theme, and after asking the staff what they want to create, the cast is finally gathered.

When I try moving around the entire cast in my head, there are some that move quite a bit, and some that don’t really move at all. I swap out the parts that don’t move, and after doing this several times, they start taking on a life of their own, walking around town. It’s something like that.

As for an example of “something that can only be done because it’s a game”…

“…What a pain.
(Thanks for coming.)”

Dialogue like this that show the character’s true thoughts at the same time as what they’re saying is one of them. Something like this that only the player knows makes people happy, and so after I add in these sorts of elements, the character is finally complete. I then show the character details to Iwasaki-san [the character designer], and the art is made, with me sometimes adding some extra elements to the image of the character in the art provided by Iwasaki-san.

For Rune Factory 4, the monsters you defeat become marriage candidates. During early development, there were no problems during the creation of the horse (Dylas), but for the butterfly (Amber), the staff were like, “Hashimoto-san, the marriage candidate is an insect… Is this really okay?”, and this went on until I showed them the character details and design. Now it’s all good memories.

Apart from them, the De Sainte-Coquille family, the heroes and heroines, and all the townsfolk have really helped color in the world of this Rune Factory game. The De Sainte-Coquille family has been appearing since Rune Factory 1, so please check out the differences in the members across the series if you have the chance.”

Rune Factory 4 Special releases for Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 25, 2019. It’ll come Westward later in 2019. You can check out details on Another Episode mode in our livestream recap here.

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 - new stream highlights Another Episode mode

Marvelous had a brand new live stream for Rune Factory 4 Special. A few new details were provided, in addition to showcasing some gameplay. The following details come from Siliconera...

- Another Episode is an extra mode featuring new voice dramas of Ventuswill and the twelve bachelors and bachelorettes
- available from the title screen
- voice dramas will have newly recorded voices and new illustrations
- only Ventuswill’s voice drama is free and included
- other 12 voice dramas will cost one extra 700 yen purchase for all twelve of them at once
- company holding an early buyer’s campaign, where players who buy and play starting on the release day of July 25, 2019 to August 26, 2019 will be able to download the extra voice dramas with the bachelor and bachelorettes for free

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.


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