XSeed Games and Marvelous have released an enhanced version of Rune Factory 4. Rune Factory 4 Special is now available on Nintendo Switch in physical and digital releases, for $39.99.

Rune Factory 4 originally released in 2012 on Nintendo 3DS as the latest in the life sim and farming series. It’s similar to the Harvest Moon/Story of Seasons games, as well as Stardew Valley. Players grow crops, craft equipment, cook meals, socialize with townsfolk, and delve into dungeons.

A hallmark feature of the series is being able to date and marry from a pool of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes and have a child together, and then equip that child with gear and journey into dungeons together. Got to start them early, I suppose.

The enhanced Special edition features upgraded HD graphics and a new Newlywed Mode that lets you adventure with your spouse. New cinematics have also been added, as well as an updated opening cinematic.

A fancy Archival Edition is also available for $59.99, and includes a 160-page art book, a 36-track soundtrack CD, and Swimsuit Day DLC that includes an option to put all the characters in swimsuits.

Rune Factory 4 Special is rated T for Teen with Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Suggestive themes, and Alcohol use.

Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.