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You can now pre-order the Rune Factory 5 Earthmate Edition from retailers.

As a reminder, the limited edition comes with a custom outer box featuring artwork from series illustrator Minako Iwasaki, a copy of the game in an exclusive steelbook case, large 5.8” by 8.2” softcover artbook with over 70 pages of character illustrations, concept art, and more, a ‘Melodies of Norad’ soundtrack CD featuring 15 songs specially selected from across the entire Rune Factory series, and 13 exclusive in-game costumes based on the marriage candidates (+ Dolce’s ghostly companion Pico) from Rune Factory.

XSEED Games has published a launch trailer for the Switch version of Corpse Party, the updated version of the horror cult classic. The title was made available in the west today.

For more on Corpse Party, check out the following gameplay overview:

Thanks to PIE International, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is getting an official art book. It will include character designs plus sketches, prop designs, background art, package illustrations, and more. The book will also have comments from director Nal, main artist Ryota Murayama, and Koichi (general / planning assistance).

What might be the most noteworthy aspect of the book is that it will actually feature English text. It’ll be included right alongside all of the Japanese information. The book has thus far only been announced for Japan, but even if we don’t see it in North America / Europe, importing will be an option. Play-Asia actually already has pre-orders here.

Below are a few preview pages from the Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin art book:

To start out 2021, the original Corpse Party – also known as Corpse Party: Blood Covered …Repeated Fear – released on Switch in Japan. XSEED has now announced that it will be publishing the game in North America this month.

Here’s an overview of the game:

XSEED and Marvelous today unveiled a limited edition for Rune Factory 5 in North America (known as the “Earthmate Edition in the states) and Europe.

All copies will include a custom outer box featuring artwork from series illustrator Minako Iwasaki, a copy of the game in an exclusive steelbook case, large 5.8” by 8.2” softcover artbook with over 70 pages of character illustrations, concept art, and more, a ‘Melodies of Norad’ soundtrack CD featuring 15 songs specially selected from across the entire Rune Factory series, and 13 exclusive in-game costumes based on the marriage candidates (+ Dolce’s ghostly companion Pico) from Rune Factory. Pricing is set at $79.99 / £64.99 / €79.99.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town has shipped over one million copies, Marvelous announced today. That piece of data applies to the combined performance of copies sent to stores as well as digital sales. Back in March, a sales milestone of 700,000 copies was announced.

In May, XSEED said that the game was its fastest-selling title at the time. It managed to sell over 200,000 copies in North America after only two months. Before Pioneers of Olive Town, Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town was the previous fastest-selling game for XSEED.

When Rune Factory 5 comes to the west, it’ll support same-sex marriage. According to an announcement shared by Marvelous and XSEED, “for the first time in the series Earthmates can choose any of the twelve eligible marriage candidates regardless of gender”.

The full blurb reads:

XSEED and Marvelous shared an update on Rune Factory 5 during today’s Nintendo Direct, confirming that the game will launch in the west on March 22, 2022. A new trailer was published as well.

Here’s the full roundup:

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town will soon be available to play for all Switch Online members as part of a new trial, Nintendo has announced. The game can be played in its entirety with an active subscription starting on September 22. Note that the offer ends on September 28 at 11:59 PM PT / September 29 at 2:59 AM ET. If you want to pre-load, you can do so here.

Also tying in with upcoming event, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town will be seeing a slight discount. You can save 10 percent starting now until October 4 at 9:59 AM PT / 11:59 AM ET.

Workout game Knockout Home Fitness is scheduled to arrive on Switch in the West later this month. Check out some gameplay footage and more details below.