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Marvelous’ latest game in franchise releases for Switch in Japan on May 20
Marvelous began streaming a five-minute video for its Rune Factory 5 Nintendo Switch game on Wednesday. The video features the character Livia, voiced by Sayaka Senbongi, introducing the characters and businesses of the town of Rigberth.
The game will launch in Japan on May 20. A limited-edition Premium Box in Japan will include an art book, arranged memorial soundtrack CD, and Heroine/Hero Candidate costume DLC.
XSEED Games and Marvelous will release the game in the West in 2021.
The companies describe the game:
Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins. In addition to their normal duties, the hero can farm the land, cast a line into the nearby river, and so much more! Team up with townsfolk to battle monsters and unleash powerful combination attacks—just one of the features new to the series. The stage is set, and the curtain rises on an exciting new adventure in Rune Factory 5!
XSEED Games and Marvelous first revealed during a Nintendo Direct presentation in February 2019 that Rune Factory 5 was in development. XSEED Games will publish the game in North America, and Marvelous Europe will release the game in Europe and Australia.
XSEED Games released Rune Factory 4 Special, a remastered Nintendo Switch version of Rune Factory 4, for Switch in North America in February 2020. Marvelous Europe also released it in Europe and Australia in February 2020. The game launched in Japan in July 2019. Developer Neverland released Rune Factory 4 for the Nintendo 3DS in Japan in July 2012, and XSEED Games released the game in North America in October 2013. Neverland filed for bankruptcy in 2013 and the release was canceled in Europe.
The Rune Factory series combines RPG elements such as dungeon-crawling with farming game elements such as raising animals (in this case monsters). In Rune Factory 4, the player is a prince or princess who can manage a village. The new version will offer new stories about “newlywed” life, after the player marries one of the townspeople.