To be honest, after trying out the first Rune Factory game, I didn’t really give much of a hoot for the series, mainly because you couldn’t play as a girl and woo bachelors. After finally being able to play as a girl in Harvest Moon, I just haven’t been able to go back to playing the other side. Guys really don’t know how lucky they are to always be able to play their own gender in most everything. :p Anyway I digress…. Now, just because I didn’t play any of the others beyond the first one doesn’t mean I haven’t been interested in the series. I’ve always thought that the character designs were beautiful, and the idea of battling monsters AND farming has always been appealing. Really it was just the one hang up of not being able to play my own gender that held me back from the games.
Well…..it appears now the day has finally come where I will no longer have to hold back!! It’s true, you can play as both a girl and boy in this newest installment of Rune Factory! Of course 100% of the details are not known at the moment seeing as it’s not due out in Japan until February 2011, but I imagine as we get closer to the launch date we will find out more info. As it stands now, you can play as Azel or Sonia, and apparently you get to switch back and forth between the two in the beginning of the game. Rumor has it though that eventually around midway through the game you have to choose which character you want to play for the rest of the game…..though I figure that is mostly speculation at this point.
The good news is that there are heroes, aka marriageable bachelors for Sonia. Currently only two heroes are listed on the official site, those being James and Joe. However there appears to be at least one more hero for Sonia to woo who made a brief appearance in the trailer, and in this screenshot from Famitsu on the right. He appears to be a brunette with glasses for all of you who have glasses moe. So far though, the official site seems to mainly be focusing on Azel and his dating and marriage candidates, which is a little disappointing. Hopefully more of Sonia’s screenshots will be posted in the future.
Anyhow, overall the game looks gorgeous and the battle system seems way better than previous incarnations of this series. The game with be out February 24th in Japan, so by then we should know a lot more. I figure that this game will be easily be picked up for the North American market since the other Rune Factories have been, and rather quickly at that….well at least faster than some Harvest Moon games. Another nice thing of note is that this will be coming out for both the Wii and the PS3, which is nice for me since I only have a Wii.
Here is the link to the official site so you can continue to watch for new info:
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