PRESS RELEASE: XSEED Games Announces Rune Factory 4 Release Date

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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Rune Factory 4 Featured

Earlier today, XSEED Games launched the website for Rune Factory 4, the latest installment in the Harvest Moon spin-off. Along with the new website comes the reveal of Rune Factory 4‘s release date. The game will be coming to both stores and the eShop on October 1st.

It is important to note that, historically, dates given by XSEED have always been the shipping date. We’ve seen this happen a number of times in the past year with The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. So, while we should see the game released on the eShop on October 1st, we should expect physical copies to come in around two days later on October 3rd.

Still, this is good news for a game that we’ve been waiting a while for. Check out the press release below as well as the Rune Factory 4 website for more details.


XSEED GAMES CONFIRMS OCTOBER 1, 2013 RELEASE DATE FOR RUNE FACTORY 4

Popular Series Returns with Largest RPG Simulation Adventure in its History

Torrance, Calif., (September 12, 2013) – XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that the RPG simulation adventure title Rune Factory 4  will release on October 1, 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system in North America. The title will be available both packaged and digitally on Nintendo’s eShop for a MSRP of $39.99. The newly launched official website can be found at www.runefactory4.com.

Rune Factory 4 is a fantasy life simulation game that combines farming and resource management with classic RPG dungeon adventuring. For the first time in series history, Rune Factory 4 gives players the option to play as a male or female hero. As the newly-appointed prince or princess, players fulfill royal duties of fulfilling requests from townsfolk, or taking a more rural approach to governing by harvesting their own fruits and vegetables to help out in other ways. The prince or princess can woo marriage candidates from among the townsfolk. Communication and gift giving will be key to romance, potentially resulting in marriage and perhaps even a child. Players will be aided in dungeon adventuring by the castle’s vast armament of swords, spears, and staffs along with magical Rune abilities in battle against dangerous foes, and can even be supported by a companion or tamed friendly monsters.

Rune Factory 4 Screenshot 03 Rune Factory 4 Screenshot 08

Rune Factory 4 was developed in Japan by Neverland Co. and MarvelousAQL Inc., and will be released by XSEED Games in North America for the Nintendo 3DS on October 1, 2013. For more information on XSEED Games products, please visit http://www.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook at www.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and Twitter at www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames. This title has been rated E10+ by the ESRB.

About Marvelous USA:

Marvelous USA, Inc. is the US-based publishing operation of MarvelousAQL Inc., overseeing its two North American divisions. XSEED Games, its brand and division for unique and innovative console, PC and handheld games, has been in operation since 2004. Marvelous Online, the company’s brand dedicated to mobile and online social games, is an expansion of XSEED’s mobile team thanks to acquisitions by Marvelous USA. Marvelous USA is a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based MarvelousAQL Inc., a publicly-traded company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. More information on Marvelous USA can be found at www.marvelous-usa.com, and XSEED Games can be found at http://www.xseedgames.com.

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Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.




  • James Fox

    Demand XSEED to bring Puyopuyo Tetris to the United States (for the PS3, Wii U, Vita and the 3DS)
    Why? We haven’t gotten a single Puyo game since Puyo Pop Fever for the DS

    • RagunaXL

      here here! if they don’t aksys games should! they announced they are putting out sorcery saga next year!

  • RagunaXL

    dang it! now what do I do? I was planning on Etrian Odyssey Untold… but… should I get this. I don’t really have money for either… but those screenshots looks so great!

    • Tara

      Well, of the two, I’d almost say to get Etrian Odyssey (if you’ve played previous games in the series and know for sure you’ll like it, that is). I only say this because I bought EO4, hadn’t played any previous EO games, and admittedly didn’t really find it that fun, but I do like Rune Factory (which I didn’t find out until a few months ago because I thought it was basically Harvest Moon, which I don’t enjoy. Amazing what some added RPG elements can do, eh?)

      Anyway… reasoning for this. If you’re getting a physical copy of Etrian Odyssey, it has bonus items for the first print run (soundtrack and mini artbook or whatever). Rune Factory 4 has no such things. Both will be available digitally, presumably from now until the end of time (or the end of the 3DS eShop at the very least). I always jump on the one with a bonus item if I’m torn between them.

  • Spookyryu

    so many good games in october, damn it