The Rune Factory 5 release date has been delayed, and there's bad news for fans of the franchise: the new Rune Factory game won't be launching in 2021.
Rune Factory 5 is the latest game in the long-running Rune Factory franchise, a spin-off of the Harvest Moon (and later Story of Seasons) franchise of games. Rune Factory has a lot in common with its Farming RPG cousin, although there are differences; for example, you battle monsters in dungeons instead of raising farm animals such as cows or pigs.
This fifth core Rune Factory game was announced as being in development all the way back in early 2019. Late last year, the game was delayed to sometime in 2021. Now, we've gotten the unfortunate news that it's going to be delayed again to sometime in 2022.
As Gematsu reports, XSEED has quietly changed the Rune Factory 5 release date window from 2021 to 2022 as seen in the above image distributed via press release. At the time of writing, the release date is still listed as 2021 on the Nintendo eShop and the game's official website.
The image noting the shift in the release window appears to have been removed from public announcements of the Xseed and Marvelous stream schedule, too, so it looks like this may have been a slip up on someone's part. Either way, the cat's out of the bag and we now know that we're going to be waiting a bit longer than expected to play this game.
When is the Rune Factory 5 Release Date?
The Rune Factory 5 release date is now sometime in 2022; no specific release date has been announced just yet.
No explanation for the release date delay was provided by the developers; presumably, we'll learn more during the Xseed/Marvelous streams on June 14–15, 2021. For now, you can add Rune Factory 5 to your wishlist on the Nintendo eShop. You can learn more about this upcoming game on its official website.
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