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Until 2014, Natsume distributed the Bokujo Monogatari games in the west as Harvest Moon. Marvelous and XSEED then decided to localize the games directly, leading to a name change. Bokujo Monogatari is now known as Story of Seasons in North America and Europe while Natsume uses the Harvest Moon brand for new titles it develops on its own.

Before XSEED settled on Story of Seasons, a number of different names were considered. These include Summer Solstice, Autumn Wind, and Plow & Propose. XSEED revealed that tidbit on Twitter to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

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Marvelous has already committed to a July 10 launch for Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town in Europe. As for North America, we unfortunately don’t have an exact date just yet. XSEED Games followed up with the latest information today, but will only say that the stateside release is planned for this summer.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will be sold both physically and digitally. A “pocket plushie” based on the in-game animal, “Strawberry Hanako,” will be available as a pre-order bonus item while supplies last at participating retailers and the XSEED Games Store.

Here’s an overview of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, along with a trailer:

Marvelous today announced that Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, a remake of the Game Boy Advance classic, is releasing in Europe and Australia on July 10. The North American release is expected around the same time – we should be hearing something from XSEED soon.

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town will support English, French, German, and Spanish text localization. The game will be sold both physically and digitally.

Here’s an overview of Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, along with a trailer:

Rune Factory 4 Special is finally available in the west, and XSEED has issued a new launch trailer to celebrate. View it below.

XSEED has readied a couple of new trailers to highlight the bachelors and bachelorettes of Rune Factory 4 Special. Both can be found below.

A new video has surfaced with the first 40 minutes of Rune Factory 4 Special’s gameplay on Switch. Viewers will find that the in-game text is available in English, so it should be pretty easy to follow along. The game will release on February 25, 2020.

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Rune Factory 4 Special originally came out in Japan last July. Meanwhile, North America and Europe are getting the game at the end of next month. Some fans have been wondering why the wait has been so long, especially given that Rune Factory 4 did previously see an English release on 3DS. In a blog post, XSEED explained the situation.

A lot of factors were involved in the new release of Rune Factory 4 Special. XSEED pointed to a change in localization programming tools since the 3DS days, needing to review the entire script, the addition of French and German text, support for dual Japanese and English audio, and fixing other issues and bugs.

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XSEED Games offered a brand new look at the English version of Rune Factory 4 Special during a live stream yesterday. If you’re interested in seeing the footage from the recording, continue on below.

Rune Factory 4 Special arrives on February 25 in North America and February 28 in Europe.

XSEED Games and Marvelous today announced the western release date for Rune Factory 4 Special. It’ll be out on February 25 in North America, and February 28 in Europe and Australia.

Rune Factory 4 Special can be pre-loaded from the eShop starting today. By pre-purchasing the game, you’ll receive access to the exclusive Swimsuit Day DLC. The DLC is also included with the physical Archival Edition.

At launch, players will be able to get their hands on “Another Episode” DLC, which adds illustrated stories for all twelve marriage candidates in both English and Japanese. It’ll be free until March 26. After that, look for it to cost $4.99 / £4.49 / €4.99 / $7.50 AUD.

The RPG Heroland made it to North America last month. As for those in Europe and Australia, Marvelous today announced that the game will arrive physically and digitally on January 31.

While supplies last, a day one Knowble Edition will be distributed at select retailers. It includes a physical copy of the game, drawstring pouch, musical selections soundtrack CD, theme park-style folded map, and sumo wrestling papercraft. Pricing is set at £39.99 / €49.99.

Heroland will be available to pre-load on the eShop starting January 23 for £32.99 / €39.99 / $60 AUD.

Source: Marvelous PR