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Rune Factory 4 in Short Supply in North America

Posted by Tim Latshaw

XSEED cites an unexpected crop of sales

Fantasy-farmer Rune Factory 4 has been harder to find at retail in North America lately. Publisher XSEED Games, via its Facebook page, has blamed the shortage on the fact that, you know, people want to buy the game; more shipments should be on the way:

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!

The success of Rune Factory 4 in North America is a bit of a bittersweet development. Our review pits it as an assuredly great game, so more players potentially discovering that fact than XSEED expected is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately, the encouraging sales figures are likely not enough to bring back developer Neverland, which announced its closure last November due to increasing financial woes.

There is also no word yet on whether Marvelous AQL Europe may reverse its decision to cancel Rune Factory 4's release in Europe. When asked in the comments to its Facebook post whether Rune Factory 4 could see a European release now, XSEED only replied that it is unable to release the title in Europe itself.

Do you think Rune Factory 4's sales will boost the series' continuation in the future? Sound off in the comments below.

[via facebook.com, siliconera.com]

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9th_Sage

#1

9th_Sage said:

I think it might. It's a truly fantastic game. I hope they go back on their decision to not release in Europe, everyone there deserves to play it too.

ueI

#2

ueI said:

XSEED restocks when a game is selling. Publishers should take note.

Sinister

#3

Sinister said:

Just put it into the eShop in Europe if a physical release is too costly.
And lable it as english only so you do not have to translate it for every language. People will still buy it.

Expa0

#7

Expa0 said:

I doubt I would still buy it even if it does get a PAL release due to me not really caring for the gameplay, but I would be sad if an interesting game like this gets completely emited.

sinalefa

#8

sinalefa said:

@GuSilverFlame

After seeing how the Collector's Edition of Bravely Default sold so fast, I agree with you. Or you have to wonder how few copies devs make since they were already expecting low sales.

PrincessEevee9

#9

PrincessEevee9 said:

Though I've had my copy some launch is still fastening that people new to the franchise might never get the chance to play. This is truly a sad case.

SavoirFaire

#12

SavoirFaire said:

I picked this up just recently, took me 5 GameStops to find it (their reliability on low stock seems bad). Really glad I put in the effort to pick up this gem. Actually holding off on bravely default until I finish this because I am enjoying it so much.

Reala

#14

Reala said:

Nice to hear its selling better than expected, though I wont get my hopes up; hopefully some European publisher might give it a bit more consideration.

Tops

#18

Tops said:

Never played a RF game before but glad to see it's so popular. Might have to try it out sometime.

cyrus_zuo

#19

cyrus_zuo said:

Such a good game. Though I'm super excited to play the new Zelda, it's sitting on a stack of unopened 3DS games at my house b/c Rune Factory has owned my 3DS for months.
In fact I've stopped calling my 3DS a 3DS. I now call the 3DS the "Rune Factory player" (RFP). I'm applying for trademark ;).

Humphries90

#21

Humphries90 said:

I loved Rune Factory 3. It was my favourite DS game. I was actually gutted when 4 was cancelled over here. I so so so so hope another publisher comes along to take the reigns.

Zaphod_Beeblebrox

#24

Zaphod_Beeblebrox said:

XSEED can't mention the eShop option because some sociopath was spewing venom on their Facebook page about the games XSEED has only published digitally. The XSEED rep was politely and patiently trying to explain (over and over) that it is financially unfeasible to release some games physically. And the sociopath would just respond with more hateful, oblivious venom.

Bought my copy of RF4 on the eShop (on day 1, hour 1). Love not having to hunt for a cartridge to play the game.

HandheldGuru97

#25

HandheldGuru97 said:

As I have said before this is one of (if not) the BEST 3DS game I have ever played. If you live in the USA, Canada or anywhere this game is available get it on cart on the eShop where ever you can JUST GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trust me you won't regret it (100+ hours of your life that will be consumed by this game are non refundable ;))

Objection

#26

Objection said:

Maybe due to Europeans importing it? That's about the only thing I can think of. Stinks that it got cancelled iirc.

Hy8ogen

#28

Hy8ogen said:

This is a fantastic game. My only beef with it is the depth of the game. If you want to rush through it you can probably finish the game in 2 days.

MuchoMochi

#29

MuchoMochi said:

Really happy I found this physically. Went to three targets, a Best Buy, finally found it at the second Gamestop I went to.

MAN1AC

#33

MAN1AC said:

I'm not a Rune Factory fan but I'm glad to see the game is selling well. XSEED is one of the better publishers out there.

Nomad

#34

Nomad said:

I was really looking forward to this game, guess I'm just going to have to miss out on this one. Damn region locking!

Pixel-Perfect

#35

Pixel-Perfect said:

I'm really excited to pick this up, once I clear out my backlog a little. Loved Tides of Destiny. :D

Dragonxflame323

#36

Dragonxflame323 said:

Glad to hear it's a success! I've heard too many great things about RF4 so I definitely need to pick it up eventually.

Zombie_Barioth

#38

Zombie_Barioth said:

Glad to hear it, this series definitely deserves the success, and so does XSEED. If its selling this well it'd almost be stupid not to keep the series going.

ikki5

#39

ikki5 said:

if you can't find it, you can always move to the downloadable. Having one downloadable won't hurt.

Doobie

#40

Doobie said:

Just got a copy off the Gamestop website. This will be my first RF and I'm excited. I've played almost every Harvest Moon game and always wanted to try this sereis.

WYLD-WOO

#41

WYLD-WOO said:

If some clever publisher buys the rights for this in the EU, this time next year they will be millionaires.....

gurtifus

#44

gurtifus said:

Shall we (European) have to use a flashcard to play this gem ?
Please, don't let us being seduced by the dark side of the Force !

Mowzle

#45

Mowzle said:

Yes please, please! Bring it to Europe via the eShop if that is the only way we're going to get it.
Day one purchase for me!

unrandomsam

#46

unrandomsam said:

Somebody should be able to do something. (If Ghostlight managed to do the print run of that DS game where the US version can be used anyway due to region free.) then I don't see why the same thing couldn't be done for this.

unrandomsam

#49

unrandomsam said:

@Zombie_Barioth No. Ghostlight did a PAL release fairly recently of a DS game where people had to order it in advance. (And it was only set to happen after a set number of people ordered it). But it worked and getting the US version was not a problem anyway.

Hy8ogen

#50

Hy8ogen said:

@AnActualDash Wut O.o? I've been constantly slowing myself down on purpose and I've reach the Volcano part after just 15 hours. I believe thats the end of arc 1? So the 2nd and 3rd arc is considerably longer compared to arc 1? I really HOPE SO!! I'm enjoying the game so far!

Because if all arcs have the same length, without slowing myself down on purpose I could probably finish it in 2~4 days.

Zombie_Barioth

#51

Zombie_Barioth said:

@unrandomsam
Oh, right, I think I remember hearing about that.

@Hy8ogen
I'm pretty sure they're at least as long as the 1st arc, and from what I've heard they get harder too. What difficulty are you playing on?

Zombie_Barioth

#53

Zombie_Barioth said:

@Hy8ogen
You might want to try setting it on hard if your worried about tearing through it. I've been playing on hard since after the tutorial stuff and while its no Persona it definitely keeps the game from being a cakewalk. Just about every new dungeon tore me apart at first, lvl. 112, 76hrs in and just now working on triggering the second arc. I took my time but even half that for the storyline is a lot for one arc. I use mainly fists by the way.

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