Hakama is still hard at work on the latest Rune Factory entry, with publisher Marvelous Interactive offering another look at the game, and giving fans a glimpse at some of the new townspeople you'll run into, along with information on how the combat will be like. These screenshots show each of the weapons, which include one-handed swords, two-handed swords, dual blades, axes, hammers, fists, spears, and magic staves, as well as elemental Rune Abilities. The Japanese press release--translated courtesy of Gematsu--explains that like in previous entries, you'll level up each weapon stat through usage, and that you'll be able to use a Seed Circle, which lets you capture enemies to turn them into allies for a short time. Various townspeople can be recruited to take into battle, too, and they can be levelled up, too.
Randolph (voiced by Pile Volcano Ota)
An old man and honest baker. Always smiling and kind in his response. He loves his wife Yuki. He wants to make a new type of bread.
Yuki (voiced by Naoko Watanabe)
An old woman who runs a bakery with her husband. She has an innocent personality, without any preconceived notions or fears of others, and takes things as they come.
Heinz (voiced by Takumo Miyazono)
A man with an ever-so-innocent look an his face. He runs a shop, but wants to entrust it to someone else so he can do something fun. He never looks people in the eyes when talking to them.
Doug (voiced by Hirofumi Nojima)
A Dwarven blacksmith who always treats customers with sincerity. He still seems unable to find equal footing with the town ladies, who know him from his young, inexperienced days.
Palmo Crasi Viviage (voiced by Takahiro Fujimoto)
Not your average carpenter—he is a famous architect whose voice can be heard from the royal palace to the regions beyond the sea. He constructed most of the buildings in Rigberth.
Currently, Rune Factory 5 is planned for release as a Nintendo Switch exclusive in Japan on May 20th. A localization has been confirmed, but the western release lacks any details outside of sometime in 2021.