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In Rune Factory 4, You Live With A Royal Dragon


With a release date locked down for Rune Factory 4, Marvelous AQL are beginning to show more of the game. This week, a new batch of screenshots gives us our first in-game look at a dragon -– we’d only seen one in cinematics earlier — and gives us a little bit of information on him.


Selzauide (pronounced “Sel-za-weed”), the dragon in the screenshots, is the protector of the town of Selphia. As previously detailed, Rune Factory 4 begins with your character falling out of the sky and developing amnesia after hitting the ground. Well, actually…that’s not exactly how it goes down. You fall out of the sky and land on poor Selzauide, who is then kind enough to let you live in his castle.


From then on, you lead the the life of royalty. One of the new features Rune Factory 4 introduces in this role is the ability to help develop the town, according to older details from Marvelous. This is done via the Prince System, which allow you to construct buildings using Prince Points. You’ll be able to create a blacksmith workshop, a pharmacy and so on. Prince Points can also be used to hold festivals.


Oh? And remember Wolkanon, the butler? He serves Selzauide. That’s some dragon.



Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.