By Ishaan . April 16, 2014 . 11:33am
Marvelous have shipped 200,000 copies of Rune Factory 4 in Japan, the publisher announced this morning.
That figure includes both retail copies shipped and download copies sold. We know for a fact that the game had sold at least 150,000 copies at retail as of late 2012, so chances are that actual sell-through isn’t too far from the 200,000 figure.
In light of successes like Yo-kai Watch and even the latest Harvest Moon, 200,000 copies doesn’t really sound like a large number, but what’s important is that Rune Factory is growing. The first game in the series sold a mere 42,000 copies at launch. By the time Rune Factory 4 was released, launch sales had increased to 86,000.
The game appears to have done well in North America as well. Back in February, Xseed reported that Rune Factory 4 was selling beyond expectations.
At present, select members of the former Rune Factory development team are working on a Nintendo 3DS RPG called Forbidden Magna, following the closure of Neverland, the studio that developed the Rune Factory games in collaboration with Marvelous.