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Famitsu most wanted for Oct. 3rd to Oct. 9th, 2019

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE makes the rankings

Pokémon Sword & Shield continues to be the most wanted Switch game from Famitsu readers for the third week in a row! Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore takes a ranking for the first time at spot #11 based on votes. Check out the full list of Famitsu Most Wanted from October 3rd-9th below.

Pokémon Sword/Shield (Switch) – 678
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) – 416
Bayonetta 3 (Switch) – 297
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 (Switch) – 267
Shin Megami Tensei V (Switch) – 225
Ushiro (Switch) – 186
Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Switch) – 182
Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – 117
Momotaro Dentetsu ~Showa Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban!~ (Switch) – 92
TRIALS of MANA (Switch) – 85
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Switch) – below 85
Super Robot Taisen X (Switch) – below 85

Marvelous gives an update on Rune Factory 5's development, Rune Factory 4 Special dated for release in Hong Kong/Taiwan

The runes are aligning

Marvelous has shared some new info on the development of Rune Factory 5. We've learned that the game's “world view”, protagonist, and scenery have been finalized. On to p of that, two characters from Rune Factory 4 Special will appear as special guests, but they didn't reveal who those characters were.

On top of that, we got confirmation of Rune Factory 4 Special's release date in Hong Kong and Taiwan. This version, which includes Chinese support, will see launch on December 5th, 2019. It will include the “Another Episode” paid DLC story and free DLC on the Game Card.

Marvelous decided to make Rune Factory 5 for Switch after the system's sales started to pick up

A wise decision

Rune Factory 5 is in development for Switch, but there was a point in time where the team didn't know where they were going to bring the game. In an interview with Marvelous Games, we find out that development on the project couldn't move ahead because the team wasn't sure what platform to support. Once they saw that the Switch install base was rapidly increasing, they decided to lock in Switch as the target platform.

A Rune Factory 4 Special save file will unlock content in Rune Factory 5

Who could they be?

Earlier today, we got a new trailer for Rune Factory 5. That went hand-in-hand with some information about how to unlock special content in the game as well.

Those who have a save file from Rune Factory 4 Special will see two characters from that game brought over to Rune Factory 5. The thing is, no details were shared on which characters will make the jump, so I guess we'll just have to hang tight and find out later on!

Rune Factory dev team reveals why they're bringing Rune Factory 4 to Switch, talks goals for Rune Factory 5

A recent issue of Nintendo Dream featured an interview with Yoshifumi Hashimoto, president and representative director of Hakama Inc., as well as Marvelous game planner Shirou Maekawa. The Rune Factory series was the focus on discussion, and you can check out a couple tidbits below about Rune Factory 4 Special and Rune Factory 5.

Why Rune Factory 4 is being revamped for Switch

We considered how fans have been waiting to hear about “Rune Factory 5” for 7 years now. In that span of time, even some fans might have forgotten just what kind of games these are. So we thought it was a good opportunity, and we created “Rune Factory 4 Special” as a means to reintroduce what “Rune Factory” is as a series, and for the fans who are looking forward to “5”. We feel that the Nintendo Switch is a great way to show off the amazing fantasy lifestyle and gorgeous heroes and heroines. For the Switch version, not only have we updated each character and their 2D counterparts, but we’ve also upgraded all of the animations as well. I’m sure once you see it in TV mode, you’ll realize it’s quite different from “Rune Factory” on the 3DS, and that the big screen really makes the game feel new again. Also, considering we’re reworking that game from two screens to one, we’ve improved the UI substantially and we hope fans will look forward to it.

On goals for Rune Factory 5

Hmm, let’s see… Well, we’ve already decided on the themes and what kind of game it will be. There are a few promises I’ve made that I’d like to incorporate into the game, and as long as I have the appropriate amount of time to get things done, I’m confident this will mature into a fantastic game. I really hope I can make a fantasy setting that when you experience it, it makes you think, “This is so much fun! I wish I could live here!”

Rune Factory 4 Special players can bring their save data over to Rune Factory 5 for something special

Secret factory

Marvelous will be releasing Rune Factory 4 Special this year, but many fans are more interested in the brand-new Rune Factory 5. In order to drum up some more interest in Rune Factory 4 Special, Marvelous has announced that save data from that game will transfer over to Rune Factory 5 for a special bonus. Wondering what that bonus is? Marvelous wasn't ready to share those details.

Rune Factory 'New Fantasy Life Support Special' live-stream event sent for April 4th, 2019

News on both Rune Factory 4 Special and 5 coming

Marvelous has announced a “Rune Factory Channel: New Fantasy Life Support Special” live-stream event for April 4th, 2019 in Japan. The stream will not only feature gameplay from Rune Factory 4 Special, but new info on Rune Factory 5 as well. This live-stream will air on YouTube, Niconico, and Periscope.

Rune Factory 5 teaser site lists 2020 release

Rune Factory 5 was announced as being in development for Switch during the latest Nintendo Direct. Following that, an official teaser site for the game has opened in Japan. As you can see above, that teaser site is going to be around for quite some time, as Rune Factory 5 isn't scheduled to launch until 2020 at the earliest.

Thanks to Sligeach_eire for the heads up!

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