It's confirmed, Rune Factory 3 is coming to the Nintendo DS later this year! Natsume, as expected, will be publishing the game which is the 3rd DS title and 4th overall in the Rune Factory series.
If you've never played a Rune Factory game before, it's similar to the Harvest Moon series. It has farming and relationship features, but it adds in fantasy/moster-fighting aspects as well. Here's the official newsletter sent out by Natsume:
"Burlingame, Calif., June 8, 2010 - Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon will be released for the Nintendo DST later this year. The Rune Factory series combines the fun and rewarding gameplay of Harvest Moon with the fantasy and excitement of an action-RPG, offering Harvest Moon fans and traditional RPG players the best of both worlds.Credit - Gonintendo.com
"We can't wait to give fans their first look at this title at the upcoming E3 tradeshow," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume. "This game has a powerful story, a compelling new cast of characters, and a lot of exciting new features. It's the best and deepest Rune Factory yet!"
The people of Sharance and their horned Univir neighbors are embroiled in a bitter conflict. An age-old hatred between humans and monsters divides them. Micah is an adventurer with an unusual secret: he's half monster! He'll have to unite the humans and the Univir in time to stop the growing evil force that threatens to destroy them both!
Rune Factory 3 introduces a number of exciting new features to the Rune Factory series: befriended villagers will now join you in battle and lend you their unique skills, players can transform the main character into his monster form to unleash a savage new arsenal of fighting moves, and the game's new multiplayer mode lets up to three players work together to conquer unique dungeons packed with rare items and fearsome monsters.
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon will make its first public appearance at this month's E3 show in the Los Angeles area and will ship to retail later this year.
For more information on Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon , please visit www.natsume.com. You can also follow all of the latest Natsume news at www.natsume.com/facebook and www.twitter.com/natsume_inc."
Can't wait to hear more at E3 - we'll keep you posted!
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