Xseed Are Trying To Release Rune Factory 4 In Europe Via The Nintendo eShop

By Ishaan . October 3, 2014 . 9:00am

Rune Factory 4 was planned for release in Europe until the game’s PAL release was infamously cancelled by Marvelous in early 2014, due to developer Neverland going out of business. At the time, Xseed, who publish Rune Factory games in the USA and are subsidiary of Marvelous, said that one the reasons behind the cancellation of Rune Factory 4 in Europe was due to technical hurdles.


More specifically, Marvelous had taken in some of Neverland’s staff after the studio closed down, and the team—which consisted of members of the Rune Factory group—continued work on Forbidden Magna, an RPG that had begun development after the completion of Rune Factory 4. Unfortunately, the main programmer for Rune Factory 4 was not part of this team, which is what prevented a European release from being worked on.


This week, however, Rune Factory 4 was rated by the USK, Germany’s videogame rating board, with Xseed and Marvelous listed as the game’s publishers. Following the rating, Siliconera got in touch with Xseed’s Executive VP, Ken Berry, to find out if the game was going to be released in Europe after all, and the reply we received should make our European readers happy: Xseed hope to release Rune Factory 4 as an eShop title in Europe.


“The situation is that we know the Rune Factory 4 fans in Europe have suffered enough with one cancellation already,” Berry said to Siliconera, “so we didn’t want to announce anything until the game passed [Nintendo of Europe] certification and we were sure its digital-only eShop release was imminent since we are using a different programming house to try to pick up where the original dev team left off.”


I asked Berry if he could say which team was taking over programming duties for Rune Factory 4’s release and if he could say how much work on the title had been done.


“Though I can’t disclose which development house is handling the PAL localization programming duties for us, I can say that it’s been in the works for months already and we hope to start the master submission process with NOE within the next couple weeks,” Berry replied.


So, there you go. Rune Factory 4 is coming to Europe after all.

Read more stories about & on Siliconera.

  • Noelemahc


  • Ardus

    Yes!!. My delicate broken heart is healed!!.

  • Ispheria

    yay for xseed! bringing over the true harvest moon and rf4! even though i live in the states, i still feel for the eu guys

    • Pyrotek85

      I always feel bad for EU gamers. I mean sometimes they get limited or physical editions that NA doesn’t, but they just seem to get crapped on more often than not.

  • D-Omen

    YES! YES!

  • Smooosh

    Oh god yes please!
    I’ve been dying to play this game!

  • Thatguy

    What? Really?!
    Please! I beg you! Release RF4!

    • Thatguy

      Now i only wish for RF for WiiU.

  • Armane

    Oh wow that’s great news. XSeed really are the best.

  • sakanaとkoeda

    Wonderful news for a wonderful region for a wonderful game.

  • Txu Zai

    Wow, so unexpected, never thought i’d see this game after all this time.
    XSeed, continuing to be awesome, if only more publishers were this great.

  • Postnjam

    YES, It seems all that lamb sacrifice to the great Xseed god did something!

  • Dolly

    xseed you are actually becoming one of my favourites <3 although i caved and bought an america 3ds and the game/ tensei 5. i'll be buying this again on my europe 3ds xl.

  • Liamv2

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY GOD DAMN MONEY!! I was worried I would have to emulate this 5 years from now.

  • piichan

    Better late than never :) yay to more rf4 players!

  • XiaomuArisu

    Xseed is my Waifu

  • I’m really glad they were able to make this work. I know for a *fact* (as in, heard it from them directly) that they were super, super bummed that they couldn’t roll out RF4 in Europe right after the US due to what happened to Neverland and they wanted to find some way to make it happen.for the European fans. Glad it finally did!

    • Speaking of, how are things with you – you kinda disappeared there for a while.

      • There’s kind of reasons for that. Hopefully I’ll be able to have a nice, long talk about that soon.

  • Pinkemon

    Hope!! There’s finally a glimmer of hope! *Insert Dangan Ronpa joke of your choice here.*

  • That’s great to hear for the European side. I know folks from XSeed have been feeling pretty bad over it, so it makes sense that they kept it quiet until now.

    Hope it’s a successful release!

  • Raspberry

    Please Nintendo let it happen, i need RF4 so bad, so so bad.

  • Oh I would love this. Please bring over this beautiful game!

  • MrBalzac

    Yes. YES.
    Xseed, you have my undying gratitude.

  • persona_yuji

    XSeed, YES! ALL MY YES! Gotta love you guys! :D *crying of joy*

  • Adrian Duran

    comes out right next to SMT IV

  • DizzyGear

    Mad respect to Xseed for not giving up in getting this game out in the EU.

  • I’m guessing they got someone to analyze the code and change what was necessary.

    In which case I pray that no bugs were introduced. I hope you enjoy it, Europe.

    • shytende

      Yeah, we don’t really want DS : Overclock all over again.

      Still, even if there’s some problems at first, that’s still far better than nothing at all.

    • D-Omen

      Meh, I’m used to Harvest Moon games shipping with all sorts of bugs already. :P

  • Great news for all EU Rune Factory fans!

  • Michael Richardson

    Cool. It sucks that Europeans were robbed of the chance to experience the game. Hopefully it releases.

  • Yuuki

    please nintendo let xseed to it *_*

  • Ralopoz

    This makes so happy, except I’m a fag who refuses to buy digital games. So sorry, as much as I love Rune Factory this is going to be a no-buy for me

    • Arrei

      You are the reason we can’t have nice things.

      • Erde

        No. He’s one of the reasons you have nice things at all.

        • wyrdwad

          That’s not really true. If a game is guaranteed to pass a certain sales threshold, physical will always make a greater profit than digital. Physical will never go away, because even the most staunch supporters of digital game content know that there’s a huge market for physical goods.

          On the flipside, what digital gaming content allows is for publishers to take greater risks on projects or expand the sphere of their influence — it allows publishers to release games that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford, or to release games in regions they otherwise wouldn’t be able to support without tremendous third-party assistance.

          In short, supporting digital content really does pave the way for a greater variety of games in the future — and unless you’re dealing with an unscrupulous publisher or something, it doesn’t at all mean they’re going to hold off on publishing physical content down the line, since there’s still a TON of money to be made on physical content under the right circumstances.

          So ultimately, Arrei’s statement is closer to the truth than yours — but neither is really correct, because in the end, the market is what it is, and no one person is likely to change it. The only effect boycotting digital will have on anyone is depriving the boycotters of games they’d probably really enjoy. Because in the end, it’s not the format that matters, but the game itself — whether you’re playing it from a cartridge, a disc, a hard drive or a modem, as long as it runs well and is fun to play, you’re going to enjoy it. And electing to eschew that enjoyment as a matter of principle is basically just… robbing yourself of joy, when you get right down to it. It’s saying, “I know I could eat this succulent steak, but it’s being served on a paper plate, so I’m not going to touch it.”

          Your call… but the steak really is quite good. Be a shame to see it go to waste. ;)

          • Ralopoz

            I must say, your steak example is rather brilliant and almost makes me want to break my principle.

            But I’ll probably import the physical US version once I get an US 3DS. And while that isn’t helping the EU situation at all, at least I’m still giving my money to XSEED

          • D-Omen

            Man, you sound weird for being willing to spend that much more money on an import that needs the system as well just to have that little plastic card. I also prefer physical, but in the end what you’re buying is still a bunch of digital data. Where and how it’s stored shouldn’t matter that much.

          • Ralopoz

            I’m not buying an entirely new 3DS just because of RF4. It’s because games take a freakin’ year to get released over here. I want to play new games a bit sooner. Physical Rune Factory 4 is just a nice bonus

          • landlock

            Not really that many games take a year any more RF4 and SMTIV were a cluster ¬¬¬¬ but there the exception nowadays.

          • Cazar

            That’s true as long as you’re not a collector, where it’s not merely a matter of principle but a good portion of that enjoyment comes from the concept of physical ownership itself.

            A lot of people tend to take for granted the importance of collecting to some and try compare their values with their own.

          • wyrdwad

            I’m a collector myself, so I absolutely understand where you’re coming from… but is collecting games more important than playing them? Are you JUST building a collection, or are you also playing and enjoying games?

            For me, I take the approach of “if it has a physical edition, buy the physical edition; if it doesn’t, oh well, que sera sera!” I collect what I can, but if something is “uncollectible” by virtue of existing digital-only… well, then there’s no use crying over spilled milk. I just take my licks, enjoy the game and wait for the next collector’s edition of something else to feed that collector’s bug within me. ;)

          • Cazar

            >but is collecting games more important than playing them?

            No, but it is an important factor and when you have a limited amount of free time or money you can’t always play or buy every game you want to anyway. So when making cuts it’s not unreasonable for your decisions to be based on the existence of a physical release or not.

            That’s how it is for me. I like to physically collect games, but I only have so much free time to play them. I own several (relatively recent) games that I haven’t been able to play yet (don’t even get me started on older games). So buying every game that appeals to me, physical or not, becomes redundant after a certain point and you know which ones I’m going to chose to cut.

            With a backlog like mine I won’t be buying digital unless it’s something like Persona 5 or Zelda 2015-tier levels of anticipation.

          • wyrdwad

            I think we’re on the same page, since your last sentence is pretty much the point I was trying to make — if you’re anticipating a game enough, there’s no reason to avoid playing it simply because it’s digital-only. I plan to snatch up Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse on day one, for example, because I’m highly, highly anticipating that game, and it’s going to be at the very, very top of my must-play list. Physical or no, it absolutely will be played by me! ;)

            If it’s just a game you KINDA want to play, though, I completely understand — and I do exactly the same thing. I’ll take a physical game I kinda want to play over a digital game I kinda want to play any day of the week.

          • Armane

            Your steak analogy doesn’t really work. It suggests that the product is finite. And that’s where the issues with digital stem from.

            Eventually you won’t be able to access the store, or you might lose your 3DS and be unable to transfer the licenses, you can’t sell your games in the same way as physical, etc.

            I’ll definitely be picking this up though, but it’s so easy to see why others would forgo digital in all circumstances.

          • wyrdwad

            With a physical product, though, you could easily break it or lose it in a fire and then it’s gone forever. In that case, having a digital copy means being able to replace what you’ve lost for free, whereas having a physical copy means having to buy it again (if you can even still find it!).

            In addition, by the time any current digital server shuts down (assuming it does), you will have already theoretically played, enjoyed and completed every game you own from it… and, let’s face it, by then, people will have likely figured out long ago how to strip the DRM from titles downloaded off of it, making them back-uppable and playable until long after every piece of hardware capable of playing them has been lost or destroyed.

            We’re already seeing that with older titles from older networks, and even with shut-down MMOs thanks to Freeshard. Digital gaming content being lost forever is pretty much a nonexistent occurrence these days.

    • persona_yuji

      As much as I prefer phisical games over digital-only versions… I’ll gladly make an exception for RF4. I mean, this was freaking CANCELLED, what is happening right now is nothing short but a freaking MIRACLE.

      • Ralopoz

        That is true and I’d love to support the EU release of RF4 (and RF in general) but I just can’t buy a digital game because of my physical-only principle

      • Alex Sargeant

        Pretty much this. Even though I really don’t like Nintendo’s lack of accounts and whatnot, it is the difference for a lot of people between missing out entirely or forking over a $150 for a US region 3DS.

        • dawnbomb

          wtf, do EU 3DS’s not have a account system? what the crap.

          for the rest of the world theres a account system, so even if your 3ds gets lost or stolen, you can just re-download everything.

          • James T

            The Nintendo Network ID system currently in place isn’t a “proper” account, as such – it’s still tied to your console, as are your downloads, and to regain your NNID and downloads from a lost or stolen console, you need to deal with Nintendo support still.

            Nintendo plans to rectify this in the future, sure, but they’ve not given any roadmap as to when they’re going to move to a “proper” network account system, so I wouldn’t hold your breath for being able to just re-download everything being the case any time soon.

  • Jaume Rodriguez Peralta

    I’m so excited about this, I ALMOST cry when I saw it was cancelled, XSEED is a really good company. THANKS A LOT

  • PenguinPlayer

    Nice, it’s your time to shine Europe! I’m not in Europe, but I’m glad this is over, it’s always sad when a game is localized but can’t reach a region.

  • “… we were sure its digital-only eShop release was imminent since we are using a different programming house to try to pick up where the original dev team left off.”

    — super interesting. I really wanna know who did this; whether it’s a port house who specializes in picking up code from other people, or a brand new studio being positioned to work with Rune Factory in the future?

    At any rate, great news for European gamers!

  • Rune Factory 4 is a great game. Nice that its coming to Europe, but too bad its not physical. :/

  • James Williams

    Im really happy we’re finally getting this and i definitely will buy it, it’s just so annoying that some of the games i was most excited for have been stuck as digital only over here.

  • Serge

    I’m pretty eXseeted for this.

  • Hm too bad this would be a digital only release. With the state of Nintendo so called account system that is NNID, I don’t see myself spending full price for something I technically don’t fully own unless it’s reasonably priced or if it was giving me to. I bought this digitally on my US 3DS due to being impatient and I would have loved to support it by buying a physical European release but that will never happen. I’ll buy a US copy sometime this or next year.

    Though this may sound hypocritical since I don’t mind one bit about buying games from steam. That’s only because it’s really cheap and I can play my games on more than one computer. More control over how or where you play the game. Still mad props to XSEED for trying unlike some publisher I know.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Akiba’s Trip 2 and now this, love the heck out of ya Xseed.

  • Göran Isacson

    Monster husbandos and waifus… a-are coming then?

    I had given up hope. Hope that now blossoms again. The online world truly IS a marvelous one!

  • JuVu

    What? Are these… tears? Yes, they are! And I’m smiling, what is this? The tears drop down to the ground and,,, they make turnips grow out of the floor! Yes, through my floorboards! The turnips I’ve grown to love and grow and sell for the market price! It’s really happening! This isn’t even a dream, I tried to smash my head to the desk and all that came out was a “LEVEL UP!” on top of my head for “Headbutting”! It really is happening!

    Seriously speaking, thank you, XSeed, thank you. Only possible thing to complain about is the lack of a physical version to have as a crown jewel of my 3DS game collection, but do not in any circumstance think that it would not make me want to support your efforts. If there ever is a chance for a very limited run for physical copies, I would be more than happy to take part in it. Literally the first game ever that I would buy twice for the same console and not feel any sort of regret. I would love to have this game as a physical copy, too.

    XSeed, you have just made a huge, positive news about a digital-only release. That’s quite a feat, I must say. The biggest injustice between 3DS’s US and EU game libraries is going to be solved, and it’s all thanks to you guys not giving up on us. I don’t think I have ever been this grateful towards any publisher for their work before. Seriously, my eyes teared up a bit after reading this and realizing I’m not dreaming. This is that big of a deal for me personally. It’s really happening. Thank you so much.

  • Dylan Anantha

    Enjoy it, Eurobros. The main campaign alone took me 60 hours to complete, on Normal. And in the final dungeon, at level 130 with a 2000 magic staff and 1400 defence armor, I was being one-shotted by random mooks. On Normal.

    This game is not a cakewalk like the previous games.

  • Fairlee

    Enjoy it, Europe! It’s an awesome game!

  • British_Otaku

    Terribly late to the point my brother already sold his 3DS (though he will probably get another one as he has a habit of selling assets, even ones he bought weeks ago as he is terrible at managing money)…

    I’ll still support this one as you guys made an effort to make sure we didn’t completely miss out.

  • Go2hell66

    well if you’re going out of your way to release this might as well do Grand knights history while you’re at it

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    It was about freaking time! Althought now it will have a huge competition with Fantasy Life.

  • GH56734

    PAL localization?
    Does he mean a Multi-5 language option?

    • Liberty

      PAL: Australia, English European, New Zealand…

  • ehtnah

    I boycott every digital game, normally (or I simply buy a retail copy somewhere), but for Rune factory 4 and all the work behind it, that will be my first and only nintendo digital game ^^

    and thank THANK a lot Xseed, love you guys. my money is waiting for you ^^ (rune factory 4 that so…. wonderful).

  • Liberty

    Thank you~ I’ve been waiting to hear if anything were going to happen on the PAL front for Rune Factory 4 as I love the series, so this has made my day! Now all I need to hear is that Suikoden 6 is coming out and my year will be made. ;^;

  • Saga Meow Meow

    I already sold my EU 3DS a year ago and purchased the US version since they said it was impossible to publish it in Europe due to no-one having the code and blabbity bla and now they say this?

    I mean, i can´t be made because i am grateful that they would go so far for the EU fanbase but at the same time i do feel irked since importing stuff has been a pain.

    Ah well, at least i got to play it for a year, i guess o:

Video game stories from other sites on the web. These links leave Siliconera.

Siliconera Tests
Siliconera Videos