1. Why can you not play as a girl? (I don't understand why they can't make any person within age-range marriageable, and have it so you could choose genders in games like this. I'd have my girl character marry Carlos. :D:D)
2; Would anyone know if there will be a version where you CAN play as a girl? I know they did it for Harvest Moon DS and Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town.
I just think that it's a bit unfair of Natsume to not consider us too. I mean, we like to play these kinds of games just as much as guys do.
I wonder if it would be worth it to complain in the forums, I highly doubt it.
In Rune Factory Oceans you will be able to choose between a female and a male lead. In most Harvest Moon games on the DS, you can choose.
I think the developers simply found it too hard to create another full storyline as a girl in the lead, being able to marry, fight and everything, because there would be a lot more production (lots of additional script, etc). But in a common Harvest Moon, it doesn't change as much as in a RF. So they could make only a female lead, but they didn't.
Yeah, everything has already been said. RF has your character actually talking and having a personality and all that. It would be a lot harder to genderbend the game than in a HM game, where the protagonist is typically silent. RFO will be getting around this by putting the boy and girl in one body instead. Don't ask me how that'll work.
(Also Natsume doesn't make the games. Marvelous does.)