Natsume has just announced that Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon has gone gold and will be shipping out later next month. It's an RPG spin-off from the Harvest Moon universe and it brings a much more narrowed emphasis on storytelling and character progression to the table. Not only does it still retain the traditional tasks from Harvest Moon, like farming, harvesting, trading and marriage, it also combines these simulations with RPG elements, like a battle system and the standard RPG-esque storytelling.
Developed by Neverland, Rune Factory 3 is the latest installment in the franchise to be published by Natsume for the Nintendo DS in North America. It is the tale of a young half-breed lad who is sent on a quest to try and reunite the human and monster world together again. For some reason, both humans and monsters stopped communicating with each other and as the ages passed, that reason was lost and yet neither race seemed willing to contact the other.
Rune Factory 3: A Fantasy Harvest Moon will be in stores on November 9 in North America. For those interested to see how the game plays, you can check out our preview of the game from E3 2010.