Xseed has told online gaming publication Siliconera that the company is trying to release Rune Factory 4 in Europe. The good news is the game will be coming, but it will be a digital only release. News emerged yesterday that the game was coming to Europe when a listing for Rune Factory 4 was found on the USK ratings board. Here’s what Xseed’s Executive VP, Ken Berry, had to say about the situation.
“The situation is that we know the Rune Factory 4 fans in Europe have suffered enough with one cancellation already,, so we didn’t want to announce anything until the game passed [Nintendo of Europe] certification and we were sure its digital-only eShop release was imminent since we are using a different programming house to try to pick up where the original dev team left off.”
“Though I can’t disclose which development house is handling the PAL localization programming duties for us, I can say that it’s been in the works for months already and we hope to start the master submission process with NOE within the next couple weeks.”
XSEED has detailed their E3 lineup for this year and as expected they will be showcasing Story of Seasons which is due out this winter on the Nintendo 3DS. Story of Seasons carries on the iconic life simulation and farming RPG gameplay made famous through the Bokujo Monogatari series’ 18-year history while infusing exciting new features that enrich the experience for fans and first-time players alike. Developed by the veteran team behind the fan-favorite series and headed by longtime lead producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Story of Seasons represents a strong new beginning for a franchise that has sold close to ten million copies worldwide.
Players will create fully customizable characters before joining a small settlement filled with the promise of new possibilities, hard work and significant relationships. While tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms—with the freedom to follow their own styles of play and shape their homesteads as they wish. The theme of “Connectivity” expands the world and presents possibilities to players both in and out of the game, with all-new multiplayer and StreetPass features granting players the ability to tour one another’s farms, cultivate crops together and even exchange gifts.
IGN has confirmed that XSEED will be bringing Harvest Moon style game Story of Seasons to North America. The game launched on the Nintendo 3DS earlier this year in Japan and was well-recieved in the Japanese charts. Hopefully the newest entry in the Harvest Moon series will also arrive in Europe at some point.
“Those who play Story of Seasons can “create fully customizable character[s], selecting gender, hair style and facial features as desired. They will then take on their role as the newest resident of Oak Tree Town, a small settlement filled with promises of new beginnings, hard work and significant relationships. In the process of tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of everyday farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms — from livestock and seeds to décor and layout — granting total freedom to shape their homestead as they wish and fit virtually any play style.”
XSEED has revealed via Facebook that Rune Factory 4 has been a major success for the company in North America. The company says it’s aware of stock issues, but they didn’t anticipate the demand for the game. XSEED says it’s currently in the process of getting physical copies of the game on store shelves. The company says it is thankful to the fans for making the game a success.
We’ve received quite a few inquiries asking about Rune Factory 4 since it’s been difficult to find in stores in North America. Don’t worry! It’s just been selling well beyond our expectations, so we’re working as quickly as possible to restock physical copies. We encourage you to periodically check back with retailers since they should be getting more in stock soon. Thanks for making Rune Factory 4 a major success, guys!
Both Marvelous AQL and Xseed have announced that Senran Kagura Burst is coming to the Nintendo 3DS in North America as a download title on the eShop. Senran Kagura Burst features an upgraded version of the original Senran Kagura with gameplay improvements and contains its story sequel, Senran Kagura Burst. Xseed says that the game will have Japanese voices with English subtitles. Senran Kagura Burst is due for release in North America via the Nintendo eShop during fall 2013.
XSEED, the North American publishers behind Pandora’s Tower, have announced that the game will be coming out sometime in April. We reported yesterday that Amazon has apparently been informing customers that the game is due to be dispatched between April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013. XSEED has also released a new trailer for the game to accompany the news. You can watch it above.
Pandora’s Tower, the last of the big three Japanese action RPG’s, could be facing a small delay in North America. The game is supposed to be launching on Tuesday, March 26th, but an email to Amazon customers states that Pandora’s Tower has been delayed by three weeks. Amazon says that customers can expect the game to be released between April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013. The game is being published by XSEED in North America.
We have received new release date information related to your pre-ordered video game in the order you placed on January 19, 2013 (Order# XXXXXXXX). The release date for the video game listed below has been changed by the publisher, and we want to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date:
Estimated arrival date: April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013