The next entry to the long running Rune Factory series will be released today for the PS3 and Wii. A combination of RPG and life sim, Rune Factory looks interesting even for those not all that interesting in life sim games.

From the press release:

    Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny for the Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 is on sale now. The game is rated E 10+ for Everyone by the ESRB and is now available for an MSRP of $39.99 (Wii), $49.99 (PS3).

    “Tides of Destiny is the most far-reaching game in the Rune Factory series yet,” said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. “Combining the best farming mechanics ever seen in a Rune Factory game with striking action-RPG exploration, there’s more content for players to explore than ever before!”

    Aden and Sonja, two lifelong friends, live a tranquil life on Fenith Island until they’re struck by a mysterious curse: they awaken to find both of their souls are now trapped in the same body! On top of this unusual calamity, the Fenith Island they knew is gone, replaced by a strange island populated with unfamiliar faces. Only by exploring this new world will they be able to solve the mystery of this curse and save their beloved island. During the course of their journey, Aden and Sonja will be aided by a colorful cast of characters, as well as take command of a towering golem, Ymir. Using their newfound giant friend, they’ll cross vast seas, discover hidden islands and dungeons packed with riches, and battle fearsome monsters of the deep!