Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Headed To PlayStation Network Later Today

By Ishaan . May 14, 2013 . 11:30am

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny is getting a PlayStation Network release today, Natsume have announced. Tides of Destiny was originally released in 2011 for the Wii and PS3.


Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny has been a fan favorite since its launch, and has been a much requested addition to our digital catalogue,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume.  “We’re excited to show the media the fruit of the past year’s promise to provide more digital titles at next month’s E3 Expo.”


Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny shifted away from traditional Rune Factory games by putting more of an emphasis on fighting than crowing crops, although you can still do the latter. The game also did away with character portraits entirely, instead using 3D models for conversation scenes. You can read our playtest of it here.


The next game in the Rune Factory series, Rune Factory 4, will be released for the Nintendo 3DS this Summer. Unlike most of the previous Rune Factory titles, the new game will be published in North America by Xseed instead of Natsume. Xseed also published Rune Factory Frontier for the Wii back in 2009.


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  • Learii

    I like to see another rune factory or harvest moon on ps3

  • Scarletmoonwish

    I wasn’t a big fan of the Tides of Destiny, because it strayed away too much from Rune Factory elements I come to love, neither the less I will be picking up a version for my PS3 when I get the chance.

  • Keima88

    Ah rune factory 3. Day 1 import it was for me. Now that I think about it… Thats the whole reason I bought the ps3 for haha. To import games that will never or will take a long time to come here in Europe.

  • MrRobbyM

    I’m glad more people will get to enjoy the game. It was a really fun game.

  • Kaitsu

    Really? I didn’t know it was a fan favorite. But it’s also my first Rune Factory game. I still haven’t beaten it yet though, mostly because I have 30000 other RPGs to finish, and that’s still including SNES.

    I am such a slow gamer.

  • I have this on Wii, not sure if I want to double dip just for enhanced HDTV support (I don’t care about trophies either).

    • I got the PS3 version while it was on sale in the EU PSN store a while back and it does look so much more beautiful on a HD TV compared to the Wii version, which I own as well. I wouldn’t have paid the full price again, but I never regretted spending 13 Euro to get the HD upgrade. ;>

      • It’s 30$ on PSN, I”ll see if there is a sale.

      • It still is on sale on EU till next Wednesday.

        • I guess it’s on sale again then? I bought it in December or January, so I don’t think that’s still the same sale going on… XD But good to know for others!

  • Zoozbuh

    Wow, one of the few RARE times that a game is actually on the EU PSN first, and has been for quite a while now (well, except with the original name- Oceans). Thanks, Rising Star Games :P

  • I have the Wii version already and I’ve heard doesn’t changes that much with the HD so I’ll just hope for this to be a freebie for PS+ users. Also, they should make more Rune Factory and Harvest Moon games for Sony’s console, they were all great.

  • Hunam85

    I’ve just started playing this, ended up putting 20 hours into it over the weekend :) It’s really fun and thankfully less intense on the management than Frontier was. I do really hope that they make a Harvest Moon game for the PS3/4 because I’m not a huge fan on Nintendo’s home consoles and as nice as the new 3DS one will be, I still want some HD farm action.

  • Zal_Yagun

    How natural are the controls on PS3? I was slightly disappointed on the wii that it didnt have CC support and really never bothered playing it due to my monitor supporting only hdmi

    • bVork

      The controls feel decent, though fairly bare-bones. They basically just remapped every function on the Wii (gesture stuff included) to buttons. They didn’t add anything that wasn’t already there, so you don’t have any camera control beyond re-centering. It’s a shame, because the control mappings they do use leave a couple of buttons unused and map the waggle functions to the right stick. It’s an improvement over the wiimote and nunchuck setup but not as much of one as it could have been.

  • Spirit Macardi

    I love this game, though I have the disc version so there’s no point to getting this.

    My only problem with it was that there was a character in the Japanese version who was basically a gigantic reference to Kamina from Gurren Lagann, right down to sharing a voice. The English version meanwhile actually had Kyle Hebert in the voice cast, yet they didn’t have him voice that character! Missed moment of awesome x3

  • If it goes for $20 or less I will download it.

  • ShadowDivz

    crowing crops, although you can still do the latter. The game also did away with character portraits entirely, instead using 3D models for conversation scenes.

    Crowing crops or GROWING?
    And i like seeing character portraits…..

  • gamerdude

    This is one game where “more dialogue” doesn’t sound all that great.
    The brain-dead writing with cringe worthy VA is just a double combo of terrible on an otherwise perfectly fun and relaxing game.

    If you can overlook those this is a nice way to kick back between more hectic games.

  • kaizin

    loved this game and hearing a digital release of it i am going to get this.

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