A Cozy Community and World of Adventure Await in Rune Factory 3 Special, Now Available for Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC
Bring Peace to Humans and Monsters Alike as Shape-Shifting Protagonist Micah in the Remastered RPG/Life Sim Classic
TORRANCE, Calif. — Sept. 5, 2023 — XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today released Rune Factory 3 Special, an upgraded and expanded version of the classic RPG/life sim, on the Nintendo Switch™ system and Windows PC via Steam in North America. In Rune Factory 3 Special players will play as Micah, a young man who is first discovered as a sheep-like monster known as a wooly, before magically transforming into his human form overnight with no memory of his past except for his name. Now taking residence in Sharance, Micah finds himself embroiled in a longstanding conflict between the human community and a race of monsters known as the univir. With a secret of his own, he must work to build bridges between the two races while finding time to tend to his farm and build relationships with the locals. Restoring peace to the world is important work, but so is preparing for the annual bean toss festival!
As a special gift, users will receive outfits for Micah based on the protagonists of Rune Factory 4 Special and Rune Factory 5 if they have save data for each game on Nintendo Switch™ or own the game in their library on Steam, unlocking Lest’s Outfit with Rune Factory 4 Special and Ares’ Outfit with Rune Factory 5. Additionally, the “Another Episode” DLC, which features illustrated stories narrated by each of the 11 marriage candidates, will be available for free for one month after launch, after which time it will be made available as paid DLC for $4.99 after Oct. 2.
Rune Factory 3 Special returns after more than a decade following its original release on Nintendo DS! The remastered version of the popular entry in the Rune Factory series is being developed with gorgeous HD graphics and redesigned 3D character models that improve upon the original designs while retaining their unique appeal. These updated visuals are bolstered by new features including Newlywed Mode, standalone adventures unlocked after marriage to each of the game’s 11 eligible bachelorettes, and a “Hell” difficulty level to challenge even veteran players!
Restore the Balance Between Two Worlds ‒ Step into the shoes of Micah, a young man with amnesia and the mysterious ability to transform into a wooly, as he searches for a way for humans and monsters to coexist.
Time-tested RPG Action and Adventure Await ‒ Master magic, swords, spears, hammers, and more to take on powerful monsters. Recruit townsfolk and monsters alike to explore treacherous dungeons.
Sow the Seeds of Your New Life ‒ Take a break from adventuring with activities like farming, fishing, and more. Discover the many varieties of Magic Seeds, which grow into strange crops that aid in Micah’s adventure in exciting ways!
Find That Special Someone ‒ Meet 11 lovely bachelorettes, the most in series history! Learn more about them through daily interactions, fall in love, then pop the question and get married. Before Micah knows it, he’ll have a wonderful family to join in on his adventures.
Published in North America by XSEED Games, Rune Factory 3 Special released on the Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC via Steam on Sept. 5, 2023. It is available digitally for $39.99 for the standard edition on both platforms, and $49.99 for the Digital Deluxe Edition which includes the exclusive “Swimsuit Mode” DLC. Fans can also purchase a standard physical edition on Nintendo Switch for a MSRP of $39.99, or the “Golden Memories Edition” which includes the base game, a 6” by 4” acrylic standee featuring protagonists from Rune Factory 3 Special, Rune Factory 4 Special, and Rune Factory 5, an original soundtrack CD containing 36 tracks, a custom 5” by 8” planner containing both a real world calendar and in-game seasons, and the “Swimsuit Mode” DLC, all housed in a special outer box featuring an original illustration inspired by the game’s new anime opening, for a MSRP of $79.99. All physical editions purchased through the XSEED Games Store also include the option to bundle the game with an adorable Golden Wooly keychain, modeled after Micah’s sheep form, for an additional $5 while supplies last. This title is rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB. The game is also published in Europe by Marvelous Europe.
More information about Rune Factory 3 Special can be found on the official Twitter or on www.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitch, get in depth info from their developer blog, and join the discussion on their Discord server at: http://discord.gg/XSEEDGames.
About XSEED Games
XSEED Games is the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Marvelous Inc., which is a publicly traded company listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Formed in 2004 by a small group of industry veterans, XSEED Games is headquartered in Torrance, California and publishes video games on PC and consoles in North America. The publisher’s diverse portfolio of over 100 titles includes releases from Marvelous Inc. including STORY OF SEASONS (Bokujo Monogatari), Rune Factory, and DAEMON X MACHINA, titles from third-party partners including AKIBA’S TRIP, Corpse Party, and Granblue Fantasy: Versus, and titles from independent developers including Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Potionomics and Cuisineer. XSEED Games has grown its reputation among global gamers with its critically acclaimed localizations and commitment to fans, remaining ever dedicated to its “indie spirit, player-first” approach for quality games.
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