Rune Factory 4 Is Selling Out In North America

By Ishaan . February 7, 2014 . 10:01am

It would appear Rune Factory 4 is selling rather well in North America. The game is suffering shortages at retail, and Xseed say they’re working hard to restock copies. On Facebook, Xseed wrote:


We’ve received quite a few inquiries asking about Rune Factory 4 since it’s been difficult to find in stores in North America. Don’t worry! It’s just been selling well beyond our expectations, so we’re working as quickly as possible to restock physical copies. We encourage you to periodically check back with retailers since they should be getting more in stock soon. Thanks for making Rune Factory 4 a major success, guys!


Meanwhile, over in Japan, Marvelous AQL are teasing a new Nintendo 3DS game by the developers of Rune Factory. More on this story as it develops.

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  • “Thanks for making Rune Factory 4 a major success, guys!…”

    But not in Europe.

    • Anewme…Again

      This is getting annoying.
      I know that it suck for Europe to not have got the game, but there’s no use whining about it in every article related to Rune factory…

      • ronin4life

        I feel the same about the whole Region Locking thing…
        @[email protected];;

      • CamulaHikari

        I agree with you that it’s no use and that it won’t change anything. But it hurts more that it was actually announced and then cancelled. IMO cancellation hurts more than if it was never announced at all. (I was lucky enough to have imported a US 3DS from the start, but quite a few people around me are rather hurt it was cancelled so close to Spring)

        • Anewme…Again

          Yeah, i can understand that, it happened a few times in the past that i was excited by a game that was announced and then was cancelled at a later date.
          Still i tried to get over it the fastest i could, in place of always whining about it and keep making myself remember that i probably will never be able to play those games.

          • Seraph

            I can relate with that too. I just feel that hearing about things like the game selling out in the US while EU has it cancelled is like being kicked while you’re down.

            Still, sadly it’s outside of Marvellous AQL EU’s control and it’s something we’ve got to ultimately accept. We can only hope someone else picks it up, or jump a couple of hoops and import an American 3DS.

        • Me too. Loads of my friends are pissing me off asking me to borrow them my US 3DS so they can play it themselves.

      • I’m not even whining, I already own the game for my US 3DS. I’m just concern why don’t they consider digitally publishing the game to the eShop like they did with YS I/II, Felghana and SEVEN for PSN. Like I said in the comment above, I understand there’s a circumstances with it’s developer but at least they should “consider” the possibility and make a statement about it…not like I’m demanding it of course.

        Apparently this is not the first time I whine about it lol

      • TrevHead

        While you do have a point, but In a thread like this whining is understandable.

        Besides this is nothing to the crap PAL-ers had to put up with Op Rainfall where practically the whole internet threw it’s toys out of the pram and bitched for a month, so I’d hope you’d forgive PAL fans this instance.

    • landlock

      Xseed, digital, Europe make it happen.

    • it makes sense you’re bitter, but xseed has stated more than once that they are not in the might to bring it to europe themselves. Your comments shows how ignorant you are

      • Considering you may not know that XSEED published the YS (PSP specially) games to the PSN store in Europe. I’m sure it’s possible for them to do the same for Rune Factory 4 as a eShop release. I know there will be difficulties considering the circumstances of the developer.

        P.S. I own the game already :P

        [edit – slight correction]

        • it is not that easy, xseed does not have the rights to publish the game in europe, only in america. I do not know details, but it probably has to do with different region code which would be extra work, since Neverland itself went bankrupt this has gotten a lot harder, because the team still works on new things does not mean they will be able to bring back other things, it is merely difficult contractual work.
          Besides: Hatsuu, a PA at XSeed who has a Tumblr and replies to questions posted this: hinting
          Also you cannot compare a physical to a digital PSN release, XSeed barely to never localizes in Europe itself, european publishers do that, who franchise their work. Probably because of rights and shipping costs, which would be extremely expensive considering already printing a game can pose a risk for a company like XSeed.

          conclusion: I think it is because of the bankruptcy of Neverland, i hope you have something of it. This game does deserve to come to Europe, i agree with that. I generally wish niche developers like XSeed would get a lot more exposure…

          • neocatzon

            Put it simply, their bankruptcy just have to happen in a wrong time. MAQL better answer this, we want answer!

      • Nam

        They haven’t even tried to explain why though, except that it’s supposedly out of their hands.

        It doesn’t make sense though. The game is already translated and localized, with a fully working NA release.
        They even announced that they are still working with the developers of Rune Factory even though Neverland went under.
        And as it seems, the game is apparently selling like hot-cakes.

        Yet they just say that they can’t do anything about the EU release, without explaining why.

        • please look at my other reply, it explains what i know

        • Erde

          Because some entitled countries in Europe demand that they get the game localized in their native tongue (France, Germany and few others in some cases), rest of us have to suffer. That’s how it is.

  • otakumike

    This game deserves success.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    This may be Xseed’s elusive “cash cow”.

  • AkiraScare

    Sorry Eurobros… (TT_TT)

  • Vitonofrio del Rosso

    europe is waiting..
    you know, that puddle of ground right there? yeah, that’s europe!

  • Serge
    • D-Omen

      Seeing the RF1 OP makes me all nostalgic… And sad that I won’t get to play 4 since I’m European. :-(

      • Serge

        Don’t be sad, i’m sure one day you’ll be able to play the game :)

  • Yuuki

    nintendo of europe make it happen xD

  • TheExile285

    Nice! Good for XSEED & Marvelous AQL

  • Kornelious

    This is probally in response to Neverland going bankrupt….just sayin.

  • Alex Sargeant

    So here’s my problem. I absolutely will import it. I just haven’t figured how. VGPLUS.CA are well known for doing Rune Factory sales, and the eshop sometimes has sales of Monster Hunter.

    But if it’s in such short supply does that mean I should just jump immediately, in fear that both A) There’s no need for a Special Sale and B) It might get awfully expensive to wait.

  • Liamv2

    I’ll just be over here in europe.Crying in the corner.

    • GiralGa


    • Mordina

      Me too ; 3 ;

  • brostar

    Someone call me when the 3DS is hacked so I can play this on my European 3DS. Oh and Nintendo. If you have a problem with me hacking your system. You could just… take away my reason to hack it and…. patch out the region lock. It’s totally possible. Especially with how the 3DS region lock works. Just update the firmware to encompass all regions so it detects all 3DS games. But you’re still trapped in 1990 aren’t you Nintendo?

    • Liamv2

      Big companies a logic don’t go together sadly.

    • Herok♞

      You know they will just simply brick your system if they take issue with you hacking meaning you wasted money on it. They aren’t taking away region lock so its not even worth talking about.

      • brostar

        “They aren’t taking away region lock so its not even worth talking about.” That’s a defeatist attitude. If no one complained about the Xbox one problems Microsoft wouldn’t have changed. If you don’t bother nothing will ever happen. However if you try then something may happen.

        “You know they will just simply brick your system if they take issue with you hacking meaning you wasted money on it.”

        My Wii is region locked. It’s fine. Chances are they will find a way to hack it without bricking your system easily. Plus there are ways to reverse bricking systems. Someone will find a way, This is the internet. Nothing is a secret here.

  • Zer0faith

    Good for them but I guess it’s only a matter of time before GameStop does a price jump. Here’s hoping they don’t do something like what they did with Xenoblade Chronicles.

    • Anesia Hunter

      i’m doubting a price jump since isn’t the game also available for digital download too?

      • Zer0faith

        True but there’s always those who will opt for the physical copy and I can definitely see GS capitalizing on that.

  • TrevHead

    I know the original dev has gone under but what’s stopping whoever owns RF4 from localising it in PAL-land? (that would be Marvelous Right?)

    It’s not Saint’s Row but a cutesy kid friendly game that I doubt even the German and Aus censors would demand changes

    • Tom_Phoenix

      I think it has more to do with the fact that the original developers are needed in order to create a European build of the game.

      That said, now that Neverland’s bankruptcy is over and done with, perhaps they can be contacted to make it now. Of course, the sooner this is done the better or else their programmers will be too busy with new games to bother make builds for the old ones.

    • malek86

      I have a feeling it’s more about sales. Probably the previous games didn’t do too well here in Europe, and now the 3DS is selling a lot less than the DS… perhaps whoever owns RF4 thought the localization wouldn’t have been worth the extra trouble of dealing with the rights issues.

  • Alex

    This makes me happy.

    Glad people are buying RF4 cause I did and needless to say, I love it.

  • Good for them! Rune Factory 4 is the best Rune Factory game I’ve ever played. And eShop copies never run out… :D

    • Just Tim

      How big is the eShop size?

      • I’m not sure exactly. I know it’s smaller than Animal Crossing’s 2GBish though!

  • James Williams

    This is actually making me cry, the games selling so well they can’t even bring it over here :(

  • Ren Yuumei

    Good shit Rune Factory YOU EARNED IT! ill be joining in soon.

  • Dystopiq

    Probably all the Euros buying up our stock.

    • British_Otaku

      A poor joke if it is intended to be one.The system is region locked and importers are an incredibly small minority of buyers.

  • greavah

    Meanwhile in Europe…..

  • shuyai

    Dear America

    well fuck you!


    • Anesia Hunter

      i think it’s partially importers why the game is doing so well…

      • shuyai

        doubt it, 3DS is region locked, so i doubt many people would buy a US 3DS just for a few game thats US only. also Game+tax+delivery=not many people can afford it

        • Anesia Hunter

          there’s a number of games that become US-only or EU-only every console gen, so never be too surprised to hear of someone importing multiple handhelds due to region-locking. (thankfully this isn’t the case with ps vita.) so, the number is small, but they’re there.

  • Pichu0102

    Shame that teasing a new game by the developers of Rune Factory instead of just teasing a Rune Factory game in and of itself means the Rune Factory series is as dead as the company that produced it. A damn shame.

  • wez

    I LOVE rune factory 4 so much i’m glad it is doing well.

  • AndreasStalin

    Have to get me one of those US 2DS’es then. Was planning to get one anyway. Will this game be fine without the 3D?

    • Quizler

      It actually has some of the worst 3D effect I’ve ever seen. You’ll be fine.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    Rune Factory 4 is a cool game, I’m glad I bought it when it came out!

  • wahyudil

    100 hours and counting … I haven’t finished the story arc 3 yet

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