Just like in Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny and Rune Factory 2, Rune Factory 4 has two protagonists-a male and female one. The male protagonist's name is Lest, and the female protagonist's name is Frey. Rune Factory 4 is also the first game in the Rune Factory series to have the option of playing as a male or female at the beginning of the game.
There have been many improvements to the game system such as wearing pajamas, having slumber parties, a new request system, and much more. The plot has also been divided into three parts with the first and second part being part of the main plot, and the third part being a bonus plot. The protagonist doesn't start off with having amnesia this time, but does lose his/her memory only after the game has begun in a somewhat comical way.
Zen United has stated that they will be bringing Rune Factory 4 to Europe, more information will be available in the "near future." However, Zen United and Marvelous AQL announced that Rune Factory 4 will be released sometime in Spring 2014.
- Rune Factory 4 is the first Rune Factory game that will have cuss words and a rating of ages 10+
- Rune Factory 4 is the only game (so far) to not have "A fantasy Harvest Moon" labled under it.