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|The Rune Factory series is an ongoing gaming franchise and a spin-off of the Bokujou Monogatari series made for its 10-year anniversary. The game combines farming, monster-slaying, and courtship.
The gameplay of the Rune Factory series is similar to that of Harvest Moon. The player can grow crops, using upgradeable farm equipment. However, the Harvest Moon game mechanic of purchasing animals has been replaced by defeating and befriending monsters in dungeons. If a monster is tamed, it can help the player in battle, produce goods, or help to tend the crops. The game's combat is in the action role-playing game style.
Crops can be planted in different areas to sell for gold; other activities include mining for metal and minerals, fishing, or collecting food such as milk and eggs from befriended monsters. The player can then spend money and material to buy a variety of upgrades for their house, weapons, and tools.
In addition to their open-ended gameplay, the games possess a linear storyline, which can be furthered by exploring dungeons and defeating certain monsters. Just like in the Harvest Moon series, the main character's relationship with the other villagers increase by talking to them or performing actions that please them, like giving items they like as presents for example. Some of them can even be married if their relationship improves enough. Some games of the series require the protagonist to get married as part of the storyline.
- May 20, 2021 Rune Factory 5 is released in Japan.
- October 28, 2020 Rune Factory 5's website is updated.
- September 17, 2020 Rune Factory 5 official gameplay trailer released.
- February 13, 2019 Rune Factory 4: Special and Rune Factory 5 are announced.
- September 16, 2017 Marvelous releases a new promotional comic.
- July 21, 2017 Marvelous opens a site for the platinum edition of Rune Factory 4.
- November 29, 2013 Neverland, developer of Rune Factory series, ceases operations and closes doors.
- October 1, 2013 Rune Factory 4 is released in North America.