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Sail the Tides of Destiny with New Rune Factory in 2011

Posted by James Newton

Natsume makes waves

Following the acclaimed Rune Factory: Frontier, Natsume is preparing to bring the second instalment in the Wii farming roleplayer to North America, announcing Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny.

As well as the series' now-established combination of real-time battle, crop harvesting and animal husbandry, players will be able to take control of Ymir, an enormous golem with mysterious powers, to cross the oceans and discover new islands.

Multi-format owners may also be interested to know Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny for PlayStation 3 will release later this year with full PlayStation Move support.

Expect plenty more details from Natsume's traditional farm-themed booth at E3 in June.


Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny To Launch on Nintendo Wii and PlayStation®3

Burlingame, CA.-, May 17, 2011 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny sets sail later this year on both the PlayStation®3 and Nintendo Wii. Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny is the first game in the Rune Factory series to come to the PlayStation®3. Rune Factory combines the addictive and rewarding gameplay of Harvest Moon with the thrill and pacing of an action-RPG, providing RPG lovers and Harvest Moon fans with an exciting combination of both worlds.

"We know our loyal fans have been patiently awaiting news of a North American release for Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, so we are thrilled to announce that the latest entry in the fan-favorite series is on its way. Better still, this entry is coming to both the Wii and PlayStation®3," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. "Featuring a vast region to explore, a wonderful cast of characters, and a huge variety of activities to enjoy, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny is sure to make waves!"

Aden and Sonja, two lifelong friends, live a tranquil life on Fenith Island until they're struck by a mysterious curse: they awaken to find both of their souls are now trapped in the same body! On top of this unusual calamity, the Fenith they knew is gone, replaced by a strange island populated with unfamiliar faces. Only by exploring this new world will they be able to solve the mystery of this curse and save their beloved Island.

During the course of their journey, Aden and Sonja will be aided by a colorful cast of characters, as well as take command of the towering golem Ymir. Using their newfound giant friend, they'll cross vast seas, discover hidden islands and dungeons packed with riches, and battle fearsome monsters of the deep!

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny will make its first public appearance at next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles and will ship to retailers later this year. For more information on Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii, please visit You can also follow all of the latest Natsume news at,, and see the latest game footage at

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User Comments (22)



CaPPa said:

It's great to hear that Oceans will be shipping this year as it's one of my most anticipated titles. I'll buy the Wii version too as I liked how Factory looked and played on the Wii.



Luigi_Wood said:

Excelente, este si me lo compro o porque el Rune Factory Frontier no lo acabé

(Excellent, if I buy this or because the Rune Factory Frontier is not finished )
please use English in your posts at Nintendo Life, as per the Community Rules — TBD



RudysaurusRex said:

I AM... whoa. who am I? HE-MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Retro_Gamer said:

Never did try the first game on Wii, the RPG elements sound neat and all but it just feels like I've done the Harvest Moon thing too much now.



DarkLloyd said:

is this a sequal storywise or its own because im going to get this on my ps3 instead and i never played any of the rune factory games before?



Taya said:

Rune Factory Frontier was excellent; XSeed did a great job. Hopefully Natsume won't ruin this one with a bad translation.



Rathe said:

If I could find a high res version of that picture, I would totally make that my new background.

Oh...and I can't wait for the game.



WiiLovePeace said:

I couldn't get into Rune Factory: Frontier when I tried it, so I'll give this a go & see if I like it.



James said:

@Rathe I have it in 826*929 resolution, which is direct from Natsume, so probably the highest res available. Let me know if you want it!



Rathe said:

@James 1600x900 monitor...that would get stretched too bad. Oh well, I'll just admire it on occasion! Thanks though.

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