Rune Factory Oceans Has Around 30 Islands

By Ishaan . February 11, 2011 . 5:01pm

One feature new to the series in Rune Factory Oceans is that you can ride on the back of a giant, Ymir, and explore the waters surrounding Finis Island. As you do this, you’ll be able to discover other islands.


Rune Factory series director, Masahide Miyata, says that there are around 30 of these islands in the game, with different seasons such as spring, summer and so on. These effectively take the places of the caves the Rune Factory series has traditionally used, and you can plant crops pertaining to different seasons on the various islands.


Another change Rune Factory Oceans makes is that, for once, the protagonists, Azel and Sonia, don’t suffer from amnesia, unlike all previous Rune Factory leads — instead, they get transported into another dimension and wake up in the same body.


The previous games allowed you to assign whatever name you wanted to the lead because he was an amnesiac. However, producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, says that, despite the lack of amnesia in Oceans, you’ll still be able to rename Azel and Sonia. He points out, though, that the giant, Ymir, can’t be renamed.

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  • Poor Ymir, he has to ferry the protagonist everywhere. There better be a Ymir Appreciation Day.

  • Zero_Destiny

    I’ve never played a Rune Factory but I love Harvest Moon. This sounds better and better, The 30 or so islands gives me flash backs to Zelda Windwaker which just puts a smile on my face. So want to play it. Glad you can rename the chara too many games don’t have that anymore and it wouldn’t feel like a Harvest Moon without the func to rename the chara. What does it mean share the same body? Like two minds in the same body that swap places/appearances like in Birdy the Mighty or something?

    • M’iau M’iaut

      Or when the protag just gets dunked with water.

      • Zero_Destiny

        Ranma 1/2 it’s because of you and Final Fantasy VII that I grew up so confused!!! >_<

    • Like summon night yoake no tsubasa (youtube it >8D), they surely can think and talk between them in thier mind, but only one can be out at the same time, and i imagine you can change… wait, scratch this last bit, because they may ask you at the beginning if you want to be boy or girl, because i imagine the dating stuff and all that might interfere if you switch body or w/e, and you will always stay like the sex you choose? ahh i wonder how it will be

      • Zero_Destiny

        Marry a girl as a boy only to change to a girl and complete any man’s yuri fantasies? Truly Neverland has a winner on their hands. XD

    • puchinri

      I’ve only played Frontier, but it definitely has everything great about HM and dungeon-crawling appropriately and wonderfully brought together.
      And I hadn’t thought of that, it does make the game a little more special.
      Hehe, and it does sound like Birdy (doesn’t hurt that both the gals have silver hair and Birdy and Azel share silver hair). I believe they did mention it does work like Birdy too. I’m pretty sure there were a couple of specifics, but I don’t remember them or the article (but it was here on Sili).

  • M’iau M’iaut

    So which island has the maid cafes and nekomimi hostess clubs?

    • Zero_Destiny

      That’s Obvious, it’s my favorite island!!! :)

    • The hardest to get, the one you need ot beat a secret dragon ocean in order to get there

    • PrinceHeir

      don’t forget Paradise island that is full of swimsuits and such :D

      • Zero_Destiny

        Swimsuits and nekomimi’s right? *wink**wink*

        • PrinceHeir

          yup2 :D

          btw i just bought the only copy of Xenosaga Episode III brand new sealed today =)

          though it was $125, it was worth it to me :P

          sooo many rare games i saw at that store including KOF 2002UM, Melty Blood Act Cadeza, DJ Max Portable 3rd LE and such. :D

          • Zero_Destiny

            Yay!!! Have fun with it. Too many good games are coming out now don’t have any money to spend on older games. But still have money left on PSN for XenoGears can’t wit for that. And XenoBlade too really want to see it come over to the US and Europe. :)

          • PrinceHeir

            thanks :)

            i can’t wait for Xenogears and Vagrant Story on PSN =)

            yes please nintendo localize The Last Story and Xenoblade in both US and Europe.

            also Marvel vs Capcom 3 is next week!!! also buying that game :D

        • Kai2591

          + megane + zettai ryouki .etc .etc

  • This game is getting better AND FREAKING BETTER, NO FAIR, I WANT IT NOWWWWW

  • HarryHodd

    This game seems like it has a lot of content. Can’t wait to explore the world, fight monsters, farm, get married, have a swimsuit contest, pet animals, and find treasure.

  • JustaGenericUser

    >However, producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, says that, despite the lack of amnesia in Oceans, you’ll still be able to rename Azel and Sonia.

    Does that mean we won’t hear their names in voice clips? Might be awkward in voiced cutscenes if they constantly call each other, “Hey you”.

  • vadde939

    Nice to see they’re not using the whole amnesia thing. Are all 30 islands (except the one with the town) going to be dungeons though? Or will there be multiple towns? Or the same town spread over multiple islands? Or will there be areas that are neither town or dungeon to explore? I’m really curious as to what the world of RF Oceans will look like.

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