Rune Factory 4 Release Delayed To Late September Or October

By Ishaan . July 31, 2013 . 5:30pm

Xseed were supposed to release Rune Factory 4 in the summer, but August is here and there’s still no sign of the game. That said, the wait shouldn’t last too much longer now.


On their Facebook page, an Xseed representative replied to a fan inquiring about Rune Factory 4’s release, indicating that quality assurance was holding the game up and that release could take until October.  Here’s the dialogue that took place (via: GoNintendo):


Hi quick question, when is Rune Factory 4 actually going to launch. I’m dying to get my hands on this title, but it seems to keep get pushed back.


And we’re dying to get it to you, but the game is absolutely massive and taking much longer to QA (play through the English for quality assurance) than we originally anticipated. Right now we could be looking at a late September or October release, but it will definitely be worth the wait.


We’ll have further news on Rune Factory 4’s release as it is made available.


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  • 8 X 11 Printer Paper

    Just avoid clashing with Pokemon X/Y Xseed and you will be safe.

  • Pyrotek85

    Well if it’s for QA I can’t be too upset, I’d rather there not be bugs if possible.

    • golden izanagi

      yeah it would pretty much suck getting the game only for it to be riddled with bugs that would cause the game to freeze, or have slowdowns in places there shouldn’t be.

      • Pyrotek85

        Come to think of it, does the 3DS even support patching? I don’t know if I’ve heard about it myself.

        • Eefara

          Yes, the 3DS can patch software. A patch was released for SMT IV- I believe it expanded the Streetpass functionality of the game.

        • There’s been quite a few patches, I think. Devil Survivor Overclocked got one in Europe, and while I don’t know if it’s a patch or not in technical terms, a glitch was fixed in Mario Kart 7.

        • The 3DS fully supports patching, but it’s not the sort of thing you want to do. Best to get it out bug-free.

          • golden izanagi

            yeah a month or two shouldn’t really be a big deal if you don’t want to spend 40 dollars on something that will probably crash when taking too long on a boss fight or something like that.(just like with ar tonelico 2)

  • Strain42

    Oh yeah, forgot all about that…how on earth did I forget a game where I can have a hot monster girl wife? Even if unfortunately you have to marry her in slightly less hot human girl form.

    • MrTyrant

      I would die happily if the children were monster-like too instead of being the same regardless of their mothers/fathers.

  • Masa

    hope this comes to Europe and the wait isn’t as long as Harvest Moon New Beginning….still waiting for that!

  • Hinataharem

    Aw no. *sigh* Well, if it’s to make the game better, than I’m ok with it. Don’t wanna run into this again.

    • SwiftWind

      That’s just…awful.

    • Guest

      What game is that from?

      • Harvest moon: A New Beginning

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  • Margaret Chan

    I don’t know if it’s appropriate to share this but I was reading the tumblr blog of someone who works at XSEED. The quality issue is getting past Nintendo’s QA (which they shared almost all games fail the first pass). The tone of the failure for this first attempt put me under the impression that the reasons for failures were more numerous and egregious than they thought they may have to deal with. When I read the post I was pretty much expecting a delayed announcement.

    • piichan

      i’m following hatsu’s tumblr too. i love her q&a sections and the article she wrote about ship dates.

  • Natat

    Profound… sadness… ;_;

  • DanteJones

    I can wait, but man am I stoked to play this. Just a bit longer to go. :(

  • SwiftWind

    That October date makes me a little anxious. I really want RF4 to succeed, but with the Nintendo Juggernaut “Pokemon” being released in the middle of the month I’m not sure if RF4 will be given the attention it deserves.

    Hopefully I’m just worrying too much and Pokemon won’t affect its sales too badly.

    • andref

      just a matter of wives or pokemon

      • abysswalker

        Do I really have to choose? lol Gonna skip pokemon either way, might as well support this one.

      • abysswalker

        Do I really have to choose? lol Gonna skip pokemon either way, might as well support this one.

    • luckgandor

      It being a niche title means it’ll probably sell a certain number of copies regardless of its release date. The people who want it will get it. Problem is, RF4 has a good shot of making the series more mainstream like EO4 did for the Etrian Odyssey series. Hopefully they pull through and get it out there before Pokemon is unleashed.

  • Nanaki

    A little time in wait won’t do any harm.
    Look at all these games to keep us content until then, and then some.

  • JMaster3000

    !Meanwhile in Europe!


    WHYYYY D: !?

  • tirnoth

    If its in October that’s close to when Disgaea D2 comes out… :(

    • r0gamer940

      D2, etrian oddesy and pokemon. excluding this game I will be spending about 250+ usd in that week alone

    • r0gamer940

      D2, etrian oddesy and pokemon. excluding this game I will be spending about 250+ usd in that week alone

      • Kamakuma

        I hear you on that I’m gonna be so broke after this.. t–t

  • I can wait… I think…

  • Lazulis

    If Millennium Girl & RF4 are in the same month…my wallet…

  • This helps me (o.o ) My wallet has some time to recover!
    Though I do fear how it will fare with all the titles coming out. It’s like a month or two packed with blockbusters and I just hope it doesn’t get buried.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    October?! Pokemon is going to eat it alive

  • Space_Ghost

    The last date I had was August 13th, but I’m actually glad it was pushed back. There are so many good games that are coming out this month, and I plan on getting 3, at least. Hopefully they place it in a month that is a bit less clustered for games, specifically 3DS games.

  • harmonyworld

    This will give me time to get and play xillia!
    Then I’ll get this later on~

  • MrTyrant

    DAMN!….any word about the digital version?

  • Just to note, I have it on good authority that the game is as big or larger than *Trails FC* in scope – both in terms of script and in sheer breadth of content. I’m not surprised at all that QA is a nightmare.

    • Barrylocke89

      Rune Factory 4 >= Trails FC with Script and content?

      If that’s true then dang. For better and for worse, Xseed sure knows how to pick ’em. :-/

  • Audie Bakerson

    Honestly, if it takes till October, they might as well delay it again because I can’t see a 3DS game not doing horribly that month.

    But hey what do I know.

  • Chihiro

    Oh no… I pre-ordered this from GameStop thinking I’d be able to get it before I moved off to college… Guess that was a waste of $5. xD

  • GameTaco

    Not the news I was hoping to start off the first day in a rough work week where I can actually get around to hopping on the computer. :(

    As long as The Wonderful 101 doesn’t get yet another delay, I’ll be happy. RF4 will suck up enough of my free time, might as well get the likely shorter game out of the way first.

    Or, y’know, I could actually get around to finishing any of the other five.

  • Silent

    I can wait even until 2014 if they localize it in Europe.

  • Higashi no Ame 東の雨

    I want to play it so badly but…..

  • Penguin

    take your time guys, take your time….

  • Vulpix’sTale

    Amazon says that the game will be released on October 8 – so few, short days before “Pokemon X/Y”. No offense to XSeed, but they aren’t too wise if they decided to release RF4 so close to “Pokemon”. I hope they won’t cry, if people decide to buy “Pokemon” and RF4 will be ignored.

  • TWE

    Oooof course. Here I thought I’d have this as my summer obsession.

  • wahyudil

    great, then I can play dual destiny first

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