Rune Factory Team Making A 3DS Strategy RPG, Forbidden Magna

By Spencer . February 11, 2014 . 1:40am


The new game from the Marvelous AQL and the Rune Factory team is Forbidden Magna.


Update: Find more details here!


Famitsu magazine revealed the title, which is a strategy RPG for Nintendo 3DS. Lux is the protagonist. The girl with the pink hair is Charlotte. Diana is the girl with purple hair and Beatrice is wearing blue.


More details about Forbidden Magna should be coming later today.

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  • raitouniverse

    Sweet. Not that I wouldn’t want RF5, but I’m still playing through 4, and it’s great to see these folks do something new!

    • Thatguy

      I am sure glad, that you are playing RF4.

      Europe fan here.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        *Donates a Japanese 3DS to the poor Europoor*

        • British_Otaku

          Thatguy would still need to know Japanese or have some knowledge to appreciate the donation… >_>

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            The donation is incentive for him to move to japan.

            Otherwise I’d just send him a copy of rune factory 4 in a 2DS(because 3D effect isnt great in R4. Still 3D helps the resolution lol)

          • デ オオカミ

            “The donation is incentive for him to move to japan.”

            Or start learning Japanese :p

        • Thatguy

          I guess you know, what i think about you, don’t you?
          Anyway. where is donation? I always appreciate more money in my wallet.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            You’ll have to go make a P.O box :>

        • Logeres

          Almost 150 downvotes in 5 hours? I think you’ve broken the record on this site, friend. A well deserved victory, to be sure.

          • British_Otaku

            Laer got over 160 on a 4+ hour old post below.
            Don’t think, thank or care about the downvote goblin.

          • God

            I’ve always wondered if the “downvote goblin” is really a bot… they say it is, but i think it’s just the mods or something screwing with us… *stares accusingly at a mod*

          • British_Otaku

            The downvote goblin makes more sense to me than one of the mods or whatever here (who have the power to do much more than give a few dislikes) chasing a harmless user.

            It would be an amusing story, but we have the strength of mind not to care unless it is stopping us from accessing the site. :P

          • God

            I acutally wanted a mod to comment “*gasp* He is onto us, abort the mission!” or something along those lines…

        • artemisthemp

          NA would be better since, at less then we wouldn’t have to pay to learn japanese

  • Anewme…Again

    Not Rune factory 5 :(
    Oh well, this might be interesting.

  • AlphaSixNine

    That’s not Rune Factory… My disappointment.
    I’ll still try it though, if it ever gets localized that is.

  • Adam Zaorski

    Now, Rune Factory 5 please. My gf needs it, therefore I need it.

    • God

      Soooo, your hand is telling you to buy rune factory 5?

      • Adam Zaorski

        No, but your mum does.

        • God

          Meh, i think my burn was better.

  • Liamv2

    Huh I wonder what it’s about.

  • Just Tim

    Just too sweet! I sincerely hope this is the 3rd Marvelous AQL game that makes it out of Japan.

    • …There are more than 3 Marvelous AQL games outside Japan already…

      I can think of at least 5, and a 6th was already confirmed.

      • Just Tim

        Specifically, the ones for the 3DS.

  • BitBoy

    First get Rune Factory to Europe please, all the shortages in the US should be an indication of the solid fanbase it has…then give THIS game a slightly less weird name so it’ll appeal to a wider audience and then bring it to the west!
    Many thanks :)

    • NorthernPatches

      There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the name.

      • BitBoy

        For JRPG fans absolutely not! But Forbidden Magna or Magna Taboo would probably not appeal to general 3DS gamers, and honestly that’s the market you have to tap into if you want to release a more niche game in the West (at least physically). Fire Emblem managed to do it (in terms of marketing a more niche series to appeal to a mass audience) and Bravely Default, though I think it took a lot of publicity to get people to get used to that name…

        • AkuLord3

          Ummm no, the name wouldn’t affect anyone…they can call it whatever but to most people, they wouldn’t get it if its not something from a long series. Lots of games have weird names…hasn’t stopped them before, won’t now

        • icecoffemix

          “Magna” not “Manga”. Having forbidden on it will affect absolutely nothing but to the most jaded gamer/parent.

          • BitBoy

            Sorry! Corrected :)

            And I dont think its the word ‘Forbidden’, and I like latin words in titles, though at that point I’d probably make it all latin. I just think when you start a new IP and want to bring it to any other country you need to take into account the name and its appeal in that culture.

        • British_Otaku

          I don’t know about you, but kids and I (a kid at heart) tend to be attracted to the word “forbidden” or “forbidden fruit” in general.

          Also, there is no guarantee that any of the content in the game will be a barrier to distribution. We know nearly nothing about the title so far.

        • God

          I don’t think so, i actually got Soul Sacrifice without knowing shit about the game, beacuse the title sounded awesome, and this one does too.

  • Haganeren

    I was here for saying it will be unlikely to see this in Europe after the whole Rune Factory 4 affair but after I have red the news, i could said it would be unlikely to have this game on a western audiance at all !

  • icecoffemix

    So uh, Luminous Arc spiritual successor?

    • Why would this have anything to do with Luminous Arc? That game was developed by Imageepoch.

      • icecoffemix

        Published by MAQL, yes I’m reaching but that’s the vibe I got from these shots + turn based strategy.

        • Yes, you are reaching.

    • Zizal

      Imageepoch are developing an unannounced title it could be Luminous Arc.

    • kaotron

      It really sucks that 1-2 came out then they didnt localize 3…

  • WyattEpp

    Lux is…a guy? He wears that skirt well, I suppose.

    • makubexnas

      It’s a trap!

    • kaotron

      I’m guessing that Lux is the characters with the red hair, and you have to choose which gender you want to play as…I’m guessing.

  • PlatinumMad

    Can we marry those girls

    • British_Otaku

      What games don’t have light dating sim elements like that nowadays?
      I would be surprised if a team associated with Rune Factory missed out on that. :P

    • Audie Bakerson

      Probably, though probably only as male Lux (sadly)

      • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

        I think Lux has a Male and Female version, its the red headed girl besides the guy.

        • Audie Bakerson

          It was in reply to “can we marry those girls”.

          • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

            Oh you meant Yuri option? Well thats probably pretty unlikely.

          • God

            If SAO can get away with cousin incest, this can get away with yuri.

          • Audie Bakerson

            But will they?

            There are a few hazubando games with yuri options, but they never make it to English intact.

          • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

            I might be wrong but Marvelous doesnt seem like a company that would touch such a delicate topic, that seems more like Compile Heart area.

          • God

            Delicate my ass, if people resent them they can give a small copied and pasted speach about equalty and they get even more support.

    • Guest

      If there is in fact a female version of Lux, they will most likely reveal a number of bachelors. Assuming there are relationship mechanics in the game.

  • British_Otaku

    An alternative to Fire Emblem and SD Gundam G Generation, good to know.

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Welcome to the Ashes of Neverland

  • Alex Sargeant

    Nice! The 3DS has definitely been lacking in SRPG’s compared to previous handheld platforms.

  • Lemski07

    IM INTERESTED. IS IT RF 5? lol I think NOT!

  • kaotron

    Cool, I really like SRPG’s, I’ll probably get this on week launch if it get local. tbh, I was getting tired of RF ever since I competed 3.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    Im down for snother SRPG. Just please no farming.

  • komiko12

    This is neat since Disgaea series has been mostly on Sony platforms.

  • Kornelious

    Huh, didn’t see that coming, this has potential though. We haven’t had a good SJPRG since Fire Emblem.

    • British_Otaku

      Japan had Super Robot Wars UX after Fire Emblem, but there is the issue of it not being localised and even with a J3DS, I’m not touching something with that much DLC.

    • God

      OBJECTION!! *presents Disgaea D2 as evidence, even if the plot did suck in comparision to the original*

  • JMaster3000

    A new game from Rune Factory team? Europeans want it? Naw, they don’t play games!

  • Mugiwara

    Can you marry in this game too? If yes, I’ll be happy. :3

    • J_Joestar

      i call the purple one!

      • Zenthos

        You have good taste my friend :)

    • Kai2591

      Haha indeed the most important question ;)

    • God

      I just hopes it gives you OP units, who can actually marry someone of the older generation to make an even more insanely strong unit.

    • Tiramii

      The pink one is a cutie. <3

  • Yay it is nice to see more strategy games.

  • Kai2591

    No details yet, and that pic is too small to see clearly, but seems nice.
    But its an SRPG? aww man I suck at that genre…except in Fire Emblem, their system is so accessible.
    I guess it depends on what kind of SRPG.

  • Hau To

    I do hope this is a simple strategy rpg game with a tiny twist in the battle mechanics. Too overly done gets too repetitive.

  • fyi1191

    Smells like a new Luminous Arc.

  • Vitonofrio del Rosso

    sweet and i won’t get this in europe either! whooo

  • ronin4life

    Watch it have Harvest Moon elements.
    THAT would be awesome…

  • I love SRPGs and really enjoyed RF3 (haven’t gotten to RF4), so I hope this turns out great. Definitely looking forward to more information.

  • Astromime

    I’m still sad that I’m not getting RF4 but an SRPG, They really know how to make me forgive them…Unless we don’t get this either, if that’s the case I might actually cry.

  • Audie Bakerson

    You may want to point out that “Lux” is the guy (and girl? I assume male/female option is reason there are two characters with only one name tag.) on the upper left of the second page for the poor souls who can’t read something as simple as “ルクス” or “主人公”.

    • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

      主人公 is shujinko ie Hero. What do i won?

      • Audie Bakerson

        The ability to recognize which one of the characters is Lux.

  • Audie Bakerson

    You may want to point out that “Lux” is the guy (and girl? I assume male/female option is reason there are two characters with only one name tag.) on the upper left of the second page for the poor souls who can’t read something as simple as “ルクス” or “主人公”.

  • TrevHead

    Hopefully Europe gets this as I love SRPGs.

    Hopefully it plays like Langrisser (ie advanced wars with unit commanders)

    • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

      I doubt it, Langrisser formula sadly was never cloned so the series took with them an unique battle system.

      • TrevHead

        Don’t I know it, sadly.

        But dreamers can dream right? lol

  • luckgandor

    Is anyone else wondering why this is being called a strategy RPG? The giant text on the leftmost side of the scan translates to “simulation RPG”.

    • Because “Simulation RPG” is the regional English term for the genre in Japan.

  • Yaggyu

    aren’t they still bankrupt

  • Pichu0102

    Annnnd Rune Factory is dead. Called it.

  • Becky Cunningham

    Huh, did Marvelous hire on a bunch of former Rune Factory devs after Neverland folded? Or is this just name-dropping?

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