After the success of Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon, it would have been a safe bet that a sequel would be coming up. Today, game creator Natsume revealed a few details for Rune Factory 2 for the Nintendo DS, including that it will be shown at the upcoming E3 conference, and that it is scheduled to be released sometime in the fall of this year.
Harvest Moon games have captivated gamers, both young and old, for many years since Harvest Moon for the Super Nintendo was released more than a decade ago. Natsume decided to try something new though and created Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon. It involved the same style of gameplay, where you live in a small village, farm, care for animals, make friends, and other things, but it also added a new twist with weapons and monsters to fight, making it more of a fantasy RPG.
Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO at Natsume, obviously is pleased with the success of the Rune Factory sub-series. He had this to say concerning it:
"The first Rune Factory title was a great success for us and our fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel. The Rune Factory series is a great expansion of the Harvest Moon universe; it takes the addictive Harvest Moon gameplay that fans know and love and combines it with the action and adventure of a fantasy RPG. Rune Factory 2 offers better graphics and even deeper gameplay than the first, along with many innovative new features."
The story takes place years after the ending of the first installment. Currently, there is no evil happenings anywhere, but it signs have been appearing that the peace won't last for long. Like in all Harvest Moon games, you'll be raising animals, but in this Rune Factory, you will also be raising monsters alongside them. Adventures and quests will also come up for you to go on. Cultivating a farm and a family is still included in this iteration. While you start out as Kyle, once he grows old and dies, you'll be able to play as his son, making Rune Factory 2 one of the first multi-generational Harvest Moon games.