Marvelous Europe has announced that Rune Factory 3 Special will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch on September 5th, 2023.
Originally announced during the September 2022 Direct Showcase, the game is a remaster of the DS original from 2009. Marvelous Europe has also confirmed that physical editions of the game will be made available, with a standard edition priced at €39.99/£34.99 and a limited edition priced at €59.99 / £49.99. The latter will contain a 140-page A5 notebook, character stickers, Micah-themed pin badges, a woven patch, an A3 poster, plus access to the in-game “Swimsuit Mode”.
Here's some more information from Marvelous Europe:
In Rune Factory 3 Special players take on the role of Micah, a young man with the power to turn into a golden sheep-like monster known as a wooly. Rescued by a young woman after falling headfirst into the provincial town of Sharance, Micah awakens with no memories of his past and soon finds himself embroiled in a longstanding conflict between humans and monsters. Micah must work to build bridges between the races to restore peace, all while uncovering a shocking secret of his own.
Featuring brand new content including Newlywed Mode, a set of standalone adventures unlocked after marriage to each of the game's 11 eligible bachelorettes and a "Hell" difficulty level to challenge even veteran players.
Whether it's a first visit or a return to Sharance after a long time away, players can experience the unforgettable story of Rune Factory 3 with improved graphics and redesigned 3D character models.
Will you be picking up Rune Factory 3 Special in September? Let us know in the comments below.
MORE...COSY...GAMES! Actually thanks for the reminder. I need to put this on the watchlist as I browse AmazonNA daily for new listings.
So nice to see these games getting localized faster.
Extremely disappointing news since there frankly is not much reason that the game couldn't have come out in the same time frame as the JP version, but I don't know what I expected.
The game was already localized over a decade ago, it's also out already in Japan. The fact that this is taking so long is ludicrous. This is Marvelous and Xseed not some 1 man team.
Good to know, looking forward to it!
Although I really should "finish" Rune Factory 4 Special in the meanwhile, loved what I played of it, but never got to see even the end of the story because I got distracted by other games...
I am going to get this. Might get the special edition like 5
Shame no artbook this time. Looks like they've given Game exclusivity again in the uk. My Rune Factory 5 came crushed due to their poor packaging of the product
Makes me want to play Rune Factory 5! Does it still perform poorly? Maybe I should just give it a shot anyway, since it is right up my alley
Oh noticed that it is also coming to steam at the same time. Hmmm. If I don't get the special edition I will be getting it on steam unless they decide to make a pc version of it.
@steely_pete It's getting re-translated, that's for sure. You can compare the footage we got so far with the old DS version, a lot of the dialogue got changed.
Probably because Natsume did the old translation, which wasn't great to begin with it.
Not my favorite entry but I will get it to complete the set.
@Ulysses Yeah, the performance is still pretty terrible. If you have a decent PC and don't need portability, playing it there is a better choice.
@thecricket I definitely don't have a gaming PC unfortunately! Hmm, it's on a good sale, but maybe I'll wait on it.
physical version!!! thank the heavens!!!!
I see, well that's a bummer.
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