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Rune Factory 4 Not Coming to Europe
Rune Factory 4, the fantasy series and spin-off of Harvest Moon, will not be coming to Europe. In a message sent to VG247, Marvelous released the following official statement:
We regret to inform you that the European release of Rune Factory 4 for Nintendo 3DS has been cancelled.While Marvelous AQL has made every effort to secure the title’s release for this territory, it is, unfortunately, not possible to do so at this time. MAQL and MAQL Europe would like to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm for their European releases. Please look forward to announcements on new MAQL titles over the coming months.
While the statement includes the phrase “at this time” the likelihood of it ever being released in Europe is slim. This is following the announcement made in 2013 that Neverland Co, developers of the Rune Factory games, were forced to file bankruptcy on November 29th. While Rune Factory producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto has stated that the staff are doing great, the project they are currently working on is secret.
Rune Factory 4 sold moderately well, and a Rune Factory 5 was in the works prior to the development company going down under. The future for the series as a whole is still unknown.