The European release of Rune Factory 4 has been cancelled, Marvelous AQL Europe announced this morning.
In a statement sent to Eurogamer, Marvelous stated: “While MarvelousAQL has made every effort to secure the title’s release for this territory, it is, unfortunately, not possible to do so at this time.”
The statement continued: “MAQL and MAQL Europe would like to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm for their European releases. Please look forward to announcements on new MAQL titles over the coming months.”
Marvelous AQL did not explain why the game’s European release has been cancelled, but the first potential reason that comes to mind is the closure of Neverland Co., the studio that has developed the Rune Factory games, ever since the first title. It is possible that without Neverland, the necessary modifications couldn’t be made to the game for release in Europe.
In a statement late last year, following Neverland’s tragic fate, Rune Factory series producer Yoshifumi Hashimoto—who works at Marvelous AQL—stated: “As of now, it’ll still remain a secret as to what kind of title we’ll be releasing next, but I can say that the staff members are still doing great.”