Rune Factory 4 Coming To North America This Summer

By Spencer . January 31, 2013 . 4:39am

RF4_01While Natsume handled the numbered Rune Factory games, Xseed will publish Rune Factory 4 in North America. This isn’t Xseed’s first Rune Factory title, they also released Rune Factory Frontier for Wii.


Rune Factory 4 begins when you, either a male or female character, falling from the sky unsure where they are. You are then appointed to be Selphia’s prince or princess and can manage the countryside village in the game. Rune Factory 4 has farming, cooking, and crafting quests. When you go on the field you can tame or fight monsters.


Rune Factory 4 also has a bunch of characters you can date, including some monsters that become human. Rune Factory 4 will be available this summer on Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Phoenix Wright

    This is Great!

    • Objection …. I have none.

      • Take that! My money that is.

    • Holy… I didn’t know you liked Rune Factory Phoenix!! I love you even more <3 xD Btw Seeing this name renews my excitement for the next Wright game :3

  • r0gamer940

    xseed I love you.

  • Arcana Wiz

    so the five games teased are: YsI&II, Ys celceta, Valhalla knights III, rune factory 4, and killer is dead.A great job for a small company, isn´t

  • x seed tq.dual audio?

  • Spider-Man

    My Vita and 3DS are pretty happy with Xseed’s announcements.

  • riceisnice

    3, 2, 1, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!

  • roxas sora

    i guess we couldn’t hear hiro shimono voice huh?well tq for localisation Xseed. day one for me.

  • Andrew Arndt

    same hear my hand are very happy lolz

  • Triplicity


  • Zarx

    Guess my wallet is gonna be destroyed next month and the majority of summer.
    Xseed PLS (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

  • Somazu

    Aww yeah, I’ve been waiting for this!
    Too bad Europe probably won’t get this till a year later…..
    we still dont have Harvest moon: A New Begining :(

  • fyi1191

    Thank YOU for the news and XSEED.

  • Rogerrmark

    Xseed never let me down.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Xseed, no, I’m trying to save money, stop making these announcements.

  • davidvinc

    Is this digital download or physical release? If it’s DD only, I won’t be buying.

    • Rune factory isn’t niche enough to be DD only, if I’m not wrong. Anyway, hyppppeeeee!

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    X-Seed delivers mulitpel uppercut to my wallet today.T_T

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh. Wonder if they’ll release the game in Europe too, or if that would be too much to hope for… anyone out there who can tell me if Xseed delivers to Europe, or if they just take care of tha NA-market?

    • andref

      Either way Europe usually had to wait 1 year after the NA release despite who the publisher is

      • Göran Isacson

        THat is true. Sadly, sadly true.

  • Oltheros

    I hope xseed is doing all they can to give us dual audio. A game like this absolutely needs the JP voice track (IMO)

    • I wouldn’t put this one at the top of the list of games needing the JP voices. There is very little of them, and they are average. Plus they didn’t include them with Frontier, so IMO unlikely.

  • So bought, been waiting for this for a long time.

  • ZEROthefirst

    February my wallet gets killed by Fire Emblem, Metal Gear Rising, and 2 animes. Then March I’ve got Monster Hunter 3 Ult., Tales of Hearts R and Gundam Unicorn ep.6 and then there’s Animal Crossing, this and multiple other things in the summer.

    • gophinobi

      If I may kindly ask, which 2 animes are they?

      • ZEROthefirst

        Letter Bee: Season 1 Part 2 and The Qwaser of Stigmata: Season 1 Part 2.

    • mine does too xD most of those games I’m grabbing too <3

  • Masa

    3DS has so many great games coming out, no more holding back, getting a 3ds XL next week!

    • Pyrotek85

      You won’t regret it. I used to be a bit divided with playing on portables due to small screen size, but the XL is really nice IMO.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething


  • JMaster3000

    I hope Europe gets it too >.>

  • tubers

    Will there be dubs? :D

  • tubers

    There’s so many portable games for 2013! xD Not to mention nifty Western localizations :)

    Year of the handhelds perhaps?..

    Woops.. There’s gonna be new console announcements soon so I guess I was too far ahead of myself :P

  • andref

    I can die happy now that I don’t have sweat bullets hoping for an announcement

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Great news. In spite of the moe aesthetic, I’ve become slightly interested in the series, so it’s good to see that a localisation is coming.

    But as some of the others have said, hopefully, it will end up seeing a European release as well.

  • kaizin

    woot finally i have been waiting on this announcement for ages i am happy its finally coming to the us i been waiting to continue the story after tides of destiny 3ds just keeps getting even more good games XD.

  • mrmoe39

    Xseed are superheroes are far as I am concerned. Love what they are doing.

  • badmoogle

    There are gamers in Europe too… :(

    • Let’s hope Rising Star Games won’t let us down.

  • 3ds has been getting some jrpg love latel. I’ve always thought about trying a rune factory game. One of these days I might rent frontier.

    • The series has a fun formula. It has the socializing and management elements of Harvest Moon with action RPG dungeon crawling. Your livestock are monsters you befriend in dungeons and you can take them with you as a party member.

      • I’ve never played a game like that. I don’t know what I would think of a game that made me grow crops rather than adventure. I guess it depends on how interesting are the ai’s and how real it feels.

        • Growing crops work well actually. Not only is it your main source of income but the crops help you make items and woo villagers.
          Growing crops in dungeons too help you recover RP and sell out of season for larger profits.

          Once you befriend monsters they can help water and pick the crops for you so late game can be focused on other things.

          Of course this can make Rune Factory a slow burn series but I wouldn’t want it another way.

  • Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay ヽ(→ܫ←ヽ)

  • RiuChan

    YES! This is the good news I needed to brighten my day!
    And now the waiting begins and the loss of my money..

  • I’m glad everyone is happy. I’ll just go cry in the corner because we’ll never get Senran Kagura now.

  • Coeurl

    Monster bachelors, here I come~ I’m interested in everyone’s beau of choice. Mine’s is a toss-up between Leon and Dylas

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    I want to find Rune Factory 1 and 3 first. I was lucky to buy 2 at $10 at Costco 2 years ago. I never knew these games were so rare. Excited because I’m also getting a 3DS!

    • 1 and Frontier are still the best in the series, IMO. I didn’t like 3 as much, despite all of the improvements. The characters weren’t really to my taste.

      • MrTyrant

        1 was the most boring for me. Opinions man.

      • 1 and Frontier are the best because of Bianca de Sainte-Coquille. Truth.

      • s07195

        I found all the characters in 3 to be likable, and RF3 soon overtook the Harvest Moon series for me in terms of my like for the games. Perhaps that’s because I started with 3, though.
        ~Raven is love~

  • TruSpindash

    Didn’t have any doubts that this game was coming over, was just a matter of when. Really excited for this game since I loved all the past installments in the series.

  • JazzyMan123

    Physical release. So be happy you guys.

    • MrRobbyM


  • Miralizmis

    Teez, my 3DS is gonna be busy for the first half of the year. :T

  • piichan

    I am currently foaming at the mouth. I love you XSeed, if i could just marry you, i’ll be all yandere for you.

  • Tortinita

    I was quite impressed with the job Xseed did on RF: Frontier. Although I’m not expecting this to be dual audio, Xseed’s Frontier dub, for the most part, was very good.

  • ronin4life


  • MrJechgo

    XSEED is a roll O_O!

    • A roll? Spring roll? Summer roll? Sweedish roll? Cabbage roll?

  • dynamic-zx

    Hoping for dual-audio.

    • MrTyrant

      Ha! that avatar. I wasn’t aware of another clone D:

      While I would love dual-audio i think if they do a good job like Frontier i wouldn’t mind.

      • dynamic-zx

        Another time diver! I’d be okay with that too actually but I know there are gamers who would want a dub track.

  • MrTyrant

    Another one for my 3DS. I seriously loving my portable right now.

  • Eric Harris

    download only? or.

  • Jonathan Keycross

    Ah, I see…
    *Head explodes trying to contain the enthusiasm*

    …this the second head I lose thanks to Rune Factory news! >.<

    • s07195

      Now imagining you as that Greek monster which remains two heads every time you lose one.

      • Jonathan Keycross

        You mean the hydra? it really looks funny now that I imagine that.
        But in truth I just remained headless until the store opened, then I gave my receipt and made use of the warranty. Fortunately it seemed I wasn´t the only case. ^^

  • Junko Enoshima

    So hyped for this, but I already pre-ordered Project x Zone. This is quite a dilemma….

    EDIT: And XSEED is just amazing with all of these localizations, by the way.

  • ThatAzure

    Sweet! Go Xseed keep on rockin!

  • Just Tim

    Looks like MMV-AQL consolidated has officially materialized, through this move. Just too sweet!

  • Phlo

    Hooray, I can send XSeed my money again!

  • Pockystix


    no yuri tho, right? Boo. . . oh well lol

  • puchinri

    I was wondering if, and when, they’d handle another RF title. (I’m surprised it wasn’t Oceans/ToD.)

  • MediaMindControl

    They like these summer releases huh. I have no objection either, that is when rune factory is at it’s finest. I hope I like the character design more in 4 than in 3, since I saw that as it’s main weakness. Overall I absolutely loved rune factory 3.


  • Saga Meow Meow

    I am an European fan of the RF/HM series and i have waited to get a 3DS from either EU or US origin for this one announcement.

    I guess US 3Ds it is!

  • Adam Duffield

    Fingers crossed for a European release

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