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PR - Rune Factory 4 Special Now Available on Nintendo Switch in Europe

Available Physically and Digitally within Europe and Australia


London, United Kingdom – 28th February 2020 – Marvelous Europe Limited are today excited to announce that Rune Factory 4 Special, the High Definition remastered Nintendo Switch game of the critically acclaimed RPG simulation title that was previously released onto the Nintendo 3DS, is now available digitally and physically within Europe and Australia.

As previously announced Rune Factory 4 Special will feature both English and Japanese audio languages as well as text localisation in English, French and German. In addition to the release of Rune Factory 4 Special the “Another Episode” DLC, which contains 12 new storybook-style episodes narrated by the game’s marriage candidates, is now available to download from the Nintendo eShop for FREE for four weeks. Once this promotional period has ended the “Another Episode” DLC will then be made available to purchase from the Nintendo eShop for £4.49 /€4,99 / $7.50 AUD.

Those looking to commemorate the release of Rune Factory 4 Special can also purchase the definitive version of the critically acclaimed title, known as Rune Factory 4 Special - Archival Edition, from the Marvelous Games store. This edition will contain a variety of memorable content, including an art book commemorating the work on the entire Rune Factory series, as well as a soundtrack CD consisting of 36 tracks.

Rune Factory 4 Special Archival Edition Contents:


▪ Physical copy of Rune Factory 4 Special for Nintendo Switch

▪ 160-page A5 sized art book featuring the works of Minako Iwasaki with an original cover illustration.

▪ Official soundtrack CD consisting of 33 tracks from the original release, plus 3 new tracks

▪ ‘Swimsuit Day’ DLC that adds an option to have characters appear in their swimsuits

▪ Premium custom box with an original illustration by Minako Iwasaki

▪ Published in Europe and Australia by Marvelous Europe Limited, Rune Factory 4 Special

Archival Edition’ for Nintendo Switch is available to purchase from the Marvelous Games Store, while the standard edition is now available physically at selected retailers and digitally from the Nintendo eShop. This game has been rated PEGI 12, USK 6 and PG.

About Rune Factory 4 Special

The curtain rises on a beautiful sunny day, as the hero tumbles from the heavens… After being saved by the dragon Ventuswill, the hero comes to live in the local castle as a newly designated ruler and begins life anew while developing the town, making difficult decisions, and cultivating the soil. While exploring a nearby forest, the hero encounters and defeats a monstrous butterfly. Left in the fallen monster’s place is a mysterious young girl. Seeking the answers as to why, the hero’s search for the truth will lead to a grand adventure that will shake the very foundations of their world...and draw them closer to the secret buried in their own lost memories.

In this standalone story, players choose to play as a male or female hero and will encounter a diverse cast of potential suitors and other loveable townsfolk. As the newly-appointed prince or princess, royal duties are fulfilled by issuing orders to help the town prosper, or by taking a more relaxed approach to governance by raising crops and helping townsfolk. Should some dungeon adventuring be on the day’s itinerary, a vast array of weapons along with magic can be crafted or bought for battle against dangerous foes—companions or friendly monsters can also join to aid the player during their travels.

Published in Europe and Australia by Marvelous Europe Limited, Rune Factory 4 Special ‘Archival Edition’ for Nintendo Switch is available to purchase from the Marvelous Games Store, while the standard edition is now available physically at selected retailers and digitally from the Nintendo eShop. This game has been rated PEGI 12, USK 6 and PG.

XSEED says Rune Factory might be their best-performing franchise currently, and they're still shipping copies of Rune Factory 4 on 3DS

3DS owners can't get enough!

XSEED has a number of Japanese franchises under their belt, but some are bigger than others. In an interview with GamesBeat, XSEED's Ken Berry is asked about the top franchise the company has right now, and he believes it to be Rune Factory. Apparently the franchise is still doing considerable business on the 3DS as well!

I’d say it may have to be Rune Factory right now. Based on the great success that Rune Factory 4 had on the 3DS, we ended up doing more than 250,000 units, between physical and digital, since it launched in 2013. And even now we’re shipping more 3DS product of Rune Factory 4, and then the upcoming Rune Factory 4 Special, the HD remake for the Switch, there’s a lot of excitement about that. So I’d say is our biggest franchise right now.

XSEED Games Launches Rune Factory 4 Special, Definitive Remaster of the Critically Acclaimed RPG Simulation Title

The factory is open for business once again

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., is pleased to announce that Rune Factory 4 Special is now available for the Nintendo Switch™ system in North America. The ‘Another Episode Pack’ DLC, which contains 12 new storybook-style episodes narrated by the game’s marriage candidates, will also be available as a free download from the Nintendo eShop for 4 weeks starting today. After this promotional period, the ‘Another Episode Pack’ will be available for purchase for $4.99 on the Nintendo eShop. All players can view a special ‘Another Episode’ story starring Selphia’s lovable guardian dragon Ventuswill by selecting ‘Another Episode’ on the game’s title menu.

The physical limited Rune Factory 4 Special ‘Archival Edition,’ commemorating the definitive version of the critically acclaimed title, is available alongside the standalone physical edition at the XSEED Games Store and other participating retailers for a MSRP of $59.99 and $39.99, respectively. The ‘Archival Edition’ includes a download code for the ‘Swimsuit Day’ DLC, a special in-game Order decreeing that all marriage candidates wear their swimsuits. Previously available as a preorder incentive, the ‘Swimsuit Day’ DLC will not be sold separately on the Nintendo eShop. The standard digital edition can be purchased on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch for $39.99.

Rune Factory 4 Special is a remastered version of the critically acclaimed RPG simulation title that has sold over 300,000 copies in North America and Europe since launching on Nintendo 3DS in 2013. The updated Switch version adds brand new content such as ‘Newlywed Mode,’ self-contained adventures unlocked after marrying the character of your dreams.

Rune Factory 4 Special - more footage

Journey to the vibrant world of Rune Factory and experience the legendary fantasy farming adventure like never before!

Rune Factory 4 Special includes a traditional instruction booklet

The good, old days

There was a time when posting about a game having an instruction booklet would be quite odd. Every game had instruction booklets! Nowadays that's not the case, as instruction booklets are a rarity If you miss the old days, you'll be happy to know that Rune Factory 4 Special includes one.

Despite first glance at the picture above, the instruction booklet included inside is actually quite robust. It's 41 pages of characters, controls, gameplay mechanics, credits, and more.

Rune Factory 4 Special "Bachelors and Bachelorettes" trailers, plus an 'Earthmate' profile

Quite a group of eligibles!


XSEED has released a pair of trailers for Rune Factory 4 Special today, which give us a look at the various bachelors and bachelorettes you can find in the game. Along with that, they've released the first 'Earthmates' profile, which you can see below.

Rune Factory 4 Special - more gameplay

Welcome to Selphia, a region ruled by the Native Dragon Ventuswill...and you! Start an exciting new life in the village and embark on a grand adventure!

Rune Factory 4 Special localization blog published

Localization is no easy task

XSEED and Marvelous have teamed up to release a special localization blog for Rune Factory 4 Special. This blog gives a detailed look at the challenging process of localizing the game. Check out a snippet from the blog below, and then click over for the full thing.

The Western release of Rune Factory 4 Special has been in development for about a year as of this writing. For most of us at XSEED Games, this is our first time working on the game in any capacity (though some of us had played it, of course!), so throughout the localization of the game’s new material and the QA process, we’ve had the chance to fall in love with the world of Selphia and the game’s many wonderful characters. Working on a title with such a strong localization has been a humbling experience, and we wanted to make sure to do it justice for all its fans.

Check out the full blog here

XSEED shows off English gameplay from Rune Factory 4 Special

A special presentation

Watch Rune Factory 4 Special Preview Livestream! from XSEED_Games on www.twitch.tv

Rune Factory 4 Special is making its way to the Switch this year, and XSEED is hard at work on localization right now. To check out how the English version is coming along, XSEED hosted a live-stream with some brand-new gameplay. Check out the entire presentation above.

Rune Factory 4 Special seems set for Feb. 28th, 2020 release, Swimsuit DLC detailed

The eShop factor

While XSEED is remaining tight-lipped on the release date for Rune Factory 4 Special, it seems the info might have snuck out through the European eShop. A listing has just gone live for the game in Europe, and it lists Rune Factory 4 Special as launching on Feb. 28th, 2020. The title is priced at £32.99, and a preorder bonus has been detailed as well.

Those who scoop up the game early will get the Swimsuit Day preorder bonus. This is a round of swimsuits for all major characters, which you can see in the gallery below.

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