Rune Factory 4: Special Release Date Unexpectedly Sprouts Up

Ready your farm tools: the enhanced Switch version of Rune Factory 4 is coming very soon.

Rune Factory 4: Special was announced for Nintendo Switch during one of last year's Nintendo Directs. We've waited a long time for a release date, and now we've got one. Rune Factory 4: Special will hit Nintendo Switch on February 25 in the U.S., both physically and digitally.

Rune Factory 4 first appeared on the Nintendo 3DS and was widely regarded as the best title in the Harvest Moon spinoff series. This is basically the same game, with a few twists — hence the "Special" moniker. This enhanced Switch version includes new scenarios, including a post-marriage scenario in the Newlywed Mode, new content centered around Ventuswill, and dual-audio support.

There will also be additional DLC, included free at launch for early buyers before going on sale for $5 starting March 26. However, pre-purchasing Rune Factory 4: Special nets you the Swimsuit DLC, where — surprise! — everyone gets a swimsuit.

As a straight-up farm-sim game, we still think Stardew Valley is the king, as its recent sales milestones show. However, Rune Factory 4 offers so much more than just farming, from deeper relationship-building and exploration to combat, crafting, and everything else you'd expect from a traditional RPG.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Rune Factory 4: Special news as it drops from the sky.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Jan. 23rd 2020

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