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Rune Factory 4 Special Finally Gets a Release Date

The updated Switch port of the acclaimed 3DS title will be released on February 25th.

January 24, 2020

XSEED Games announced that Rune Factory 4 Special will be coming to the US on February 25, exclusively to Switch. Europe and Australia will get the game a few days later on February 28. A new trailer was released to coincide with the announcement. The official XSEED site contains the E3 trailer in addition to more screenshots.

Rune Factory 4 originally released on the 3DS back in 2013 for the US to fairly strong reception. The series spun off from the Story of Seasons games (still titled Harvest Moon at the time), adding a fantasy spin to the established farm life sim franchise. Rune Factory 4 Special is the long-awaited updated port for Switch, which released in Japan back in July. Special includes new content such as “Newlywed Mode”, self-contained adventures that you unlock after… well, getting married. Dual audio for Japanese and English is also included, as is a harder difficulty mode.

A physical release is confirmed, in addition to the “Archival Edition” collector’s box. This version includes a physical copy of the game, an art book, soundtrack, and the Swimsuit Day DLC. Pre-ordering on the eShop will also get you Swimsuit Day. Said DLC contains an in-game Order to make all marriageable candidates rock their swimsuit, so it’s clearly a must-have.

Be warned though: the Swimsuit Day DLC won’t be available for individual purchase, so those dedicated to their waifu/husbando had best act accordingly!

In addition, the Another Episode Pack DLC will be available for all players for free during the first four weeks after release. Late-comers will still be able to pick it up on the eShop for $4.99 after that date. This pack contains 12 new storybook-style episodes narrated by the game’s marriageable cast. There’ll also be a special episode starring the dragon Ventuswill for all players, with or without the DLC.

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I personally racked up quite a bit of playtime on the 3DS version. As such, I’ll happily take Rune Factory 4 Special for a spin when it comes out next month. Hopefully we’ll get information and news on the 2019 announced Rune Factory 5 soon also. We here at DualShockers will let you know when that happens!

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