Publisher XSEED Games has announced that the standard and limited (Earthmate) editions of the upcoming localized release of Rune Factory 5 are now available to pre-order via their official website. In addition, customers can also choose to add an optional Wooly Head Keychain for $5 while supplies last as it is an XSEED Games Store exclusive.
The Earthmate Edition contains the following:
- Outer box with an illustration by Minako Iwasaki
- The game card in an exclusive SteelBook case
- 5.8 by 8.2 softcover artbook with 70 pages of character and concept art and more
- 15 song soundtrack CD featuring tracks from the entire Rune Factory series, titled ‘Melodies of Norad’
- 13-in game costumes based on the various marriage candidates and Dolce’s companion, Pico
Rune Factory 5 is releasing for the west for Nintendo Switch on March 22, 2022.
Rune Factory 5 takes the series to new heights as it opens the world through various means of exploration. Players can run through dungeons, fight monsters, and meet new characters from a new 3D perspective. Typically, these games are played with an over-the-top view of the town and characters, but this latest entry seems to ‘switch’ it up to provide a new experience to players.
Returning to the game are relationships. Players will choose a male or female protagonist to being their jobs as a peacekeeping ranger. Aside from protecting the town, players will need to look after the crops and fish for food. Throughout the adventure, they will meet a handful of NPCs that they can fall in love with and marry in-game. The title also features a new battle system that is more action-focused and a traveling system with familiar companions.
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