While Rune Factory games have in the past almost always been published by Natsume, things are set to change with XSEED Games / Marvelous USA set to bring Rune Factory 4 to the Nintendo 3DS internationally later this year. The companies have recently debuted the first installment in a series of new ‘how to’ videos for the “Fantasy Harvest Moon” elements of the game which merges farming aspects with more general role-playing game systems.
One of the first things players will do in Rune Factory 4 is cultivate and harvest crops in order to make a profit or gain favor with the locals. This all-new video introduces players to the fast-paced act of farming in Rune Factory 4. Players will need to use tools to clear fields before laying down their crops, maintaining and tending to them, and finally, pulling in the harvest.
The first game in the Rune Factory RPG simulation hybrid series to be released on the Nintendo 3DS, Rune Factory 4 adds new romance options, the ability to select a male or female character at the game’s start, and endless crafting, farming and cooking opportunities. As the town of Selphia’s prince or princess, players will manage the village, explore the countryside with townsfolk, and tame monsters in the wild to become helpers in battle or in the fields.