STORY OF SEASONS Surpasses 150,000 Units Sold, Rune Factory 4 Exceeds 200,000 Units Sold, Commemorate Milestones with Price Drops; Capybara “Pocket Plushie” Pre-order Incentive Announced for Trio of Towns
Torrance, Calif. – October 3, 2016 – XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that STORY OF SEASONS, the latest entry in the long-runningBokujo Monogatari farming/life-sim series that is celebrating its 20-year anniversary, has sold more than 150,000 units in North America, while Rune Factory 4, also helmed by Bokujo Monogatari producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto, has sold in excess of 200,000 units. The milestones for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system games are being celebrated by the first permanent price drop to $29.99 SRP since their respective debuts in March 2015 and October 2013.
The company also announced the exciting introduction of the capybara pet in the upcoming STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns for Nintendo 3DS, which will be coming to life as a pre-order bonus. The loveable capybara “pocket plushie” stands 3.5” tall and will come with all pre-orders at participating retailers while supplies last.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing fan base for these games,” said Ken Berry, Executive Vice President of Marvelous USA. “The sales figures speak volumes as to how much fan support can affect what games we can bring to North America. We hope the long-awaited price drops will introduce the games to a new audience, gearing them up for the release of STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns in early 2017.”
About STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns
[Platform: Nintendo 3DS; Release: Q1 2017] – In celebration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the longest-running farming and life simulation series, the beloved Bokujo Monogatari franchise – now known as STORY OF SEASONS in the West – returns with its biggest adventure yet in STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns. Settled on a homestead in the middle of three distinct and uniquely themed locales, players can explore a diverse landscape as they search for new ways to grow their farms and friendships. Extensive customization and gameplay options are on offer in Trio of Towns, with each village offering its own variety of regional crops, lads and ladies to romance, animals, festivals, furniture, decorations and more. More ways to play sprout up as players connect to one another locally or via the internet to chat, trade, and transform items on a mysterious multiplayer island. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
About STORY OF SEASONS
[Platform: Nintendo 3DS] – STORY OF SEASONS carries on the iconic life simulation and farming RPG gameplay made famous through the Bokujo Monogatari series’ prolific history. Developed by a veteran Bokujo team and headed by acclaimed producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto, the game retains the series’ signature style while adapting and strengthening its offerings through the formation of the STORY OF SEASONS IP. Newcomers can experience the satisfaction of a successful harvest more quickly with the Seedling mode, characters and farms can be fully customized, and longtime fans can enjoy an enhanced variety of seeds, pets, and other ways to make their farms truly their own.
Developed in Japan by Marvelous Inc., STORY OF SEASONS is published in North America by XSEED Games, exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. The game is now available for $29.99. This game is rated “E10+ for Everyone ages 10 and up” by the ESRB.
About Rune Factory 4
[Platform: Nintendo 3DS] – Rune Factory 4 is the latest installment in the critically acclaimed Bokujo Monogatari spin-off series, Rune Factory, which revolves around the same addictive life simulation and farming activities that its father franchise, now known as STORY OF SEASONS, is famous for. The Rune Factory series, however, also incorporates classic action-RPG elements into the mix, all framed in a stunning fantasy setting. Taking place in the Kingdom of Norad, players must fill the shoes of a Prince or Princess and aid the people of a small, picturesque town named Selphia in achieving lasting peace and prosperity. Boasting countless items, crops, weapons and other pieces of equipment to find and grow, as well as a substantial story with richly developed characters, innumerable hours of enjoyment await within the game’s humble confines.
Rune Factory 4 is published in North America by XSEED Games exclusively for Nintendo 3DS and now available for $29.99. This game has been rated “E10+ for Everyone ages 10 and up” by the ESRB with the descriptors Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol.
More information on STORY OF SEASONS can be found at www.storyofseasons.com, and more information on Rune Factory 4 can be found at www.runefactory4.com. For more information on XSEED Games products, including STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns, please visit www.xseedgames.com.