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Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny Is For Almost Everyone


Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny still doesn’t have a release date, but it can’t be too far off. It’s due out this year and it received its ESRB rating (Everyone 10+) recently, too. That’s the same rating as Rune Factory Frontier on Wii. The DS games all got a regular “Everyone” rating. Here’s the summary:


“This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of two friends on an adventure to undo a mysterious curse and save their world. As players explore fantasty environments and interact with human characters, they use swords and magic attacks to defeat roaming monsters (e.g., golems, trolls, spirits) in melee-style combat. Battles are accompanied by cries of pain, slashing sounds, and colorful bursts of light; enemies disappear when defeated.


“Players can purchase and drink wine to replenish their hit points; other references to alcohol appear in the dialogue (e.g., “Wazzat? Yeh’ve got guts, tellin’ me that I can’t drink no more” and “Even though the booze is so good . . .”). As the game progresses, characters can choose to marry various bachelors/bachelorettes; in one sequence, players vote for female contestants in a swimsuit competition (e.g., “My swimsuit from last year is a little tight at the bust.”).”


Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny released in Japan earlier this year. The next major Rune Factory game currently in development is Rune Factory 4 for the Nintendo 3DS, but that game doesn’t have a release date yet.

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.